Travel-Size Beauty Products That Won’t Weigh Down Your Bag

Victoria Moorhouse

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We’re not sure about you, but we’d rather use the extra space in our suitcase to pack another sweater rather than fill it up with a heavy, economy-size bottle of shampoo, which we won’t even use up in three days time. That’s where travel-size products come in.

They’re the answer to all our packing conundrums and actually make packing light and looking good possible. So if you’re going away and don’t want to check a bag, or exhaust your biceps, this roundup of minis should help you out.

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R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo ($17, barneys.com)

If you can swing it, ditch the shampoo and conditioner altogether and pack this pint-size life-saver. Spray this oil-absorbing formula near your roots to save that vacation blowout—and make room for souvenirs in your bag.

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Votre Vu Bébé Duette Luxe Lips and Framboise Pamplemousse Hand Crème ($18, votrevu.com)

Full disclosure, if you’re not into scented hand lotion, this is not for you. But if you are, well…this is a good one. This formula holds powerful citrus scents and will leave your hands feeling soft and hydrated thanks to ingredients like aloe and jojoba oil. Best part? There’s a compartment in the cap that holds a moisturizing tinted lip balm.

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CLEAN Reserve Travel Spray Layering Collection ($45, sephora.com)

Leave the full-size bottle of perfume at home and save yourself the possibility of it breaking open and spilling all over your things. Each fragrance in this new collection from CLEAN is made with one sustainable ingredient, and the line features a scent for literally everyone, whether you like something musky and intense or floral and feminine. Pack one or two (they’re made to be layered) and roll them on as needed.

stowaway Travel Size Beauty Products That Wont Weigh Down Your Bag

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The Stowaway Kit Right-Sized Essentials ($75, stowawaycosmetics.com)

This beauty brand is entirely dedicated to producing products that fit into your purse. Seriously, all the products they offer are minis, thus saving you the trouble of fitting all your makeup essentials into one cosmetics case. Hey, you may even have room in there for a snack…or two. This kit includes all the musts, including mascara, foundation, concealer, and more.

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Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes ($5, ulta.com)

The most practical time to have makeup wipes in your beauty arsenal is when you’re traveling. They’re mess-free, and if you’re mid-flight and feel like your skin is suffocating from way too much product, they’re at your service. Simple’s facial wipes are super gentle. And so far, we haven’t experienced any drying or skin-stinging side-effects. Score.

Drunk Elephant The Littles ($80, drunkelephant.com)

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While it’s definitely a little pricey, this miniature natural beauty kit from Drunk Elephant includes everything you need to complete a full and nourishing skin care routine on-the-go. No joke, this kit includes two different types of cleanser, SPF, exfoliate, moisturizer, and a serum enriched with vitamin C. These travel-sized products are great if you’re trying to pack light, but they won’t last for more than a few days. So maybe save it for that weekend escape?

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