TSA-Approved Beauty Essentials For Travel

Summer’s officially here! Which means it’s finally time to buy that plane ticket and travel to your dream destination for the vacation of a lifetime.

You’ve packed all your bags, and you’re ready go.

You’ve been waiting in line for hours to haul your carry-on luggage through security. You’re exhausted after a long day of travel and you simply want to get on your plane already. And then, it happens: the baggage handler informs you that one of your favorite carry-on items is not TSA-approved. And you have to toss your expensive product in the trash.

We’ve all been there. It sucks, especially when you’ve barely used it — money down the drain. In the worst-case scenario, it can ruin the start of the trip that you’ve spent so much time planning and prepping for.

In order to avoid this situation, it’s important to make sure all items in your carry-on are TSA-approved. When it comes to your travel essentials, it’s vital that all lotions, liquids, and gels come in under 3.4 oz.

If you’re anything like me, it’s crucial that you be your absolute best when arriving at your travel destination. So, if you’re seeking to walk off the plane looking — and feeling — like a million bucks, look no further. We at Journiest have got you covered.

With that being said, let’s take a look at some of the best travel-sized “must haves” to add to your carry-on for your next trip.

Garnier SkinActive Moisture Rescue 

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Being on a flight, especially for an extended period, can dry out your skin like crazy. Because the air conditioning is usually on full blast through the plane ride, I like to bring my Garnier SkinActive Moisture Rescue to literally “rescue” my skin from itching and flaking.

I never travel without this bad boy, as I’ve been using this travel-sized moisturizer for close to a decade now. It’s my hands-down favorite drugstore moisturizer and keeps my skin plump and dewy all day long. This magical potion in a 1.7-oz bottle is totally TSA-friendly — the Vitamin C/Fruit Water gives your skin the ultimate glow.

Maybelline New York Facestudio Master Concealer 

The Maybelline Master Concealer is another item that I never board a plane without. In fact, it might just be my favorite makeup item of all time. And the best part? It’s TSA-approved.

But don’t let the small size fool you. Just because this Master Concealer comes in an itty-bitty package doesn’t mean it’s not worth every penny. The longevity of this concealer can last for several months and in some cases, up to a whole year. Plus, it’s super long-lasting, so your face will stay in place even after you land.

Korean Sheet Masks 

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Everyone loves those refreshing Korean sheet masks that wake up your skin like a cool refreshing spring. (Myself included!) These sheets are fantastic for travel because they’re TSA approved, inexpensive, and disposable. Remember, one of your main beauty goals while in travel-mode is to make sure you moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.

Lancome Monsieur Big Volumizing Mascara - False Lash Effect

Maybe it’s just me, but allways feel like mascaras that come in small tubes are far more effective than mascaras that come in large tubes. Whenever I use big-tubed mascaras, they dry out instantly, and become totally useless.

Meanwhile, smaller tube mascaras can last me months. Sometimes even longer.

You can not go wrong with a travel-sized mascara. My personal favorite — which elegantly mimics the look of false eyelashes — is the Lancome Monsieur Big Volumizing Mascara. This instantaneously helps you look more awake and alert by widening the look of your eyes.

Sun Bum SPF 30 Sunscreen Lip Balm

Lengthy flights can lead to severe dryness. While you’ll see this in the skin, it also spells trouble for your lips. They can become cracked if you don’t have a backup lip balm on hand.

I suggest traveling with Sun Bum SPF 30 Sunscreen Lip Balm. Not only is it vegan and cruelty-free, but it also uses broad-spectrum UVA/UVB care to prevent sun damage. My Sun Bum Lip Balm is a must.

Plus, you’d be surprised how easy it is to forget that lips sunburn, too. I learned this the hard way on my last trip to Mexico — my lips got badly sunburnt. That’s why I never go without my SPF lip balm when traveling now.

Milani Baked Blush - Cruelty-Free Powder Blush

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Adding another cruelty-free essential to the list: Milani Baked Blush. At only 0.12 Oz, this powder blush is the perfect addition to your travel essentials. Due to seemingly unending travel days, it’s only natural you’ll arrive looking tired and wrecked. With the help of this luscious blush, you’ll strut off the plane looking fully rested and alert — even if you didn’t get a lick of sleep.

Pimple Patches

Here’s a sad fact of life — traveling causes breakouts.

It is what it is. According to dermatologist Dr. Nazanin Saedi at Jefferson Health, there’s even a term for it: Airplane Acne.

Fortunately, there are tons of inventions — that are TSA-approved — that can prevent flight-related acne — and lessen existing zits. Pimple patches are an effective way to minimize inflammation, making existing pimples less red and prominent.

They are a must-have item for all your plane rides — and they don’t hurt your wallet either.

Eye Masks

Eye masks not only up your beauty game, they’re also ridiculously refreshing. Nothing feels better than kicking back on a long flight with a soothing eye mask. It will turn your boring flight into a full-on spa session.

They’re inexpensive, and key to unlocking your most hydrated skin imaginable. *Inserts patches into Amazon shopping cart.*

Sleeping Mask and Earplugs

Last but not least, we have the most critical beauty items of all: sleeping masks and earplugs. At the end of the day, all the face masks, patches, and cosmetics in the world pale in comparison to the refreshed look of actually sleeping through your flight.

It’s easy to get a poor night's rest before a big day of traveling, so bringing along a sleeping mask and earplugs can be a total lifesaver!


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