If you are a beauty product junkie who loves to travel, you know all too well how frustrating it can be trying to decide which items to pack into your carry-on baggage. If you haven’t flown in a while, you may not even be aware of the latest airport security guidelines created by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which regulates everything from the amount of toothpaste to the type of eyeliner you are allowed to stuff into your carry-on.
Even though the TSA is quite strict when it comes to regulating the items you are allowed to bring on a plane, the good news is, it’s still possible to pack everything you need to feel fresh and beautiful while traveling into your typical 9 inch x 14 inch x 22 inch carry-on bag. The key is to select beauty products that not only meet the 3.4-ounce container limit determined by the TSA, but are also capable of multitasking.
Keep in mind, however, that all liquids, creams and gels must be placed inside a clear, quart-size, plastic zip-top bag. If you need to bring more than 3.4 ounces of any beauty or personal care product, it should go into your checked luggage. Powders, waxes and other solid products are currently exempt from these restrictions and can be carried onto a plane without any problems.
If space is an issue, whether carrying on or just attempting to travel light, here are a few products to consider:
In spite of its travel-friendly size, this amazing argan oil spray virtually replaces an entire carry-on bag’s worth of hair care products. While Kenra Blow-Dry Spray is designed to reduce drying time, it also tames frizz, conditions and detangles hair, and adds shine while protecting hair from thermal damage caused by blowdryers and straightening irons. In other words, it’s a flat iron spray, detangler, leave-in conditioner, heat protector and shine spray all in one tiny 3.4-ounce container. $22, Ulta
Kevin Murphy Powder Puff Volumizing Hair Powder
Hair powder is wonderful because it not only provides tons of long-lasting volume and a matte finish, but it also does double-duty as a dry shampoo by absorbing excess oil from the hair and scalp. Whether your hair is long or short, simply sprinkle a small amount of powder onto dry hair, work it into the root area, and marvel at just how much body and volume you’ll be able to create. Best of all, at 0.5-ounces, Powder Puff Volumizing Hair Powder takes up very little space, making it the perfect traveling companion. $35, Amazon
$Budget Option$: Got2B Styling Powder (0.35 ounces), $4 Walgreens
Ilike Organic Skin Care Grape Stem Cell Moisturizer
Some may scoff at paying $90 for a tiny 1.7-ounce container of moisturizer, but the truth is that it’s cheaper and easier than smuggling a plastic surgeon onto the plane. A favorite among professional estheticians in some of the world’s finest spas, this moisturizer is made from highly potent free radical neutralizing grape stem cells that protect and regenerate skin cells for instantly younger-looking skin. Your skin will be so silky that makeup application will be effortless, which means that you can leave your facial toner, makeup primer and a bunch of other space-wasting products at home. $90, Dermstore
Philosophy Amazing Grace Perfumed Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath
The name pretty much says it all; this 3-in-1 gel seems to have been designed with the traveler in mind. Although sold in a variety of sizes, Philosophy Amazing Grace Perfumed Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath is available in a 2-ounce bottle, making it perfect for your carry-on. $5, Philosophy
$Budget Option$: Buy a bargain jumbo 32-ounce bottle and pour into a travel-size container. $37, Philosophy
With dozens of uses, coconut oil is truly the “duct tape” of beauty ingredients and can be used on the hair, scalp, face and body. Used alone, coconut oil is a safe and effective makeup remover, body lotion, hair mask, shaving cream and lip balm. Coconut oil can be mixed with baking soda for an all-natural deodorant, or with brown sugar and honey for a luxurious lip exfoliant and facial scrub. To make your next vacation more memorable, take along some coconut oil and create your own custom beauty concoctions by incorporating local and indigenous ingredients. $7, local grocery store
These products will take care of your most pressing haircare, skincare and bodycare needs while traveling. With the added bonus of taking up a minimal amount of space, you’ll have plenty of room left in your carry-on for toiletries, makeup and other personal care items. Not that you’ll need many extras with how fabulous these products will make you look and feel!