IMG_3634.JPGWith Spring coming to an end and Summer finally arriving at our doorsteps, we approach one of my favorite seasons of the year. The Summer months are nothing short of brutal here in Arizona, so I try to seize every opportunity I can to get out of town to cooler temperatures.

Vacations are always the best, but as you know, they take a bit of planning. After you have your flights and hotels booked, you’re left with only one thing – packing. I myself am a complete minimalist when it comes to packing for trips. I only travel with a carry-on bag and leave as much room as I can for new purchases while abroad. But what about beauty supplies? For many of us, we have a strict skincare routine, certain makeup we can’t live without, and hair products to keep our manes looking pristine. We know we can’t bring along our entire cosmetic collection, so how do we choose what stays at home? Well my friends, today I’m going to share my tips to packing beauty supplies like a minimalist for your summer vacation.

Hair Care


First and foremost, consider what you’ll be doing most on your trip. If you’re going to the beach, chances are, you don’t need to be packing a flat iron and lots of styling products. The ocean water will give you enough glorious texture to last for days. Some shampoo and conditioner should do the trick, and a little coconut oil on your ends won’t hurt.

If you’re going to be out and about in a city playing tourist, chances are you’ll be wearing your hair up quite a bit. Again, just some shampoo & conditioner, and a mini bottle of hairspray to control fly-aways.


If you really feel like you need to blow your hair out and do a full on style while you’re out of town, consider the products and tools you only absolutely need. For me, a blowdryer, roundbrush, shampoo & conditioner, and Living Proof’s Style Extender are all I need to get by. Maybe a bit of hairspray considering the weather. Don’t forget to pack liquids in plastic bags just in case something leaks out in your suitcase. There’s nothing worse than finding conditioner all over your clothes.

One last piece of advice – travel size products are your best friends. Many professional hair care lines carry travel sizes, and can be found in stores like Sephora and Ulta. Even Target has some great options!

Here’s a lineup of my favorite travel size Hair Care products:

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo & Conditioner;

Living Proof Style Extender;

Tresseme Aresol Hairspray

Skin Care

Skin care is something that should never be neglected, even while travelling. But where do we draw the line when it comes to the products that make it through our so-called packing security? I like to break it down to the following necessities: Cleansing, Moisturizing, and Protecting.

If you have a particular cleanser that you love, see if the producer makes it in a travel size. If not, pick up some travel size bottles and fill them up. Your life will be so much easier when you don’t have to force a big bottle of cleanser into a quart size bag, then praying it makes it past TSA. Try to avoid packing any sort of brush or tool for cleansing – like a clairsonic for instance. If you’re only gone for a few days, your skin will survive without being polished. Pack a cleanser with exfoliators if you feel like you need a good scrub.


For moisture, do the same thing when it comes to size. If you use a night cream or any sort of serum, ask yourself if your skin can go a few days without, or find a product that can work as both a night and day moisturizer. I like to go the organic route and just use straight up coconut oil. Apply liberally at night for a nice glow in the morning. You can also use as body moisturizer in place of lotion.

As far as protecting goes, we all know we need to be using SPF on our skin. Try to use a moisturizer that has SPF in it if you’re not already. If you’ll be in the sun quite a bit, sunscreen is a must. There are a million travel size options at Target, but if you need a big bottle and are strapped for space, don’t sweat it. Chances are, there will a convenience store near where you’re vacationing for you to drop by and pick some up.

Make Up


This tends to be the hardest of categories for me. It’s hard to decipher what you do and don’t need. I’m going to share exactly what I pack, with a couple of flexible options for those who need variety.


I am a gal who rarely goes a day without foundation. While travelling though, I try to find easier options so I’m not holding up precious vacation time applying makeup at the hotel. Rather than bringing the whole shebang of concealers, powders and brushes, I break it down to just 2 items for my face. The first is a good foundation. Sonia Kashuk Luminous foundation has great coverage while still giving me a fresh look. If you’re looking for something lighter, consider a tinted moisturizer – especially for anyone going outdoors. The second item I pack is a bronzer blush duo. Having both these products in one compact is the best, plus it takes up far less space.


For the love of all that is good, please don’t be the girl who packs an entire giant eyeshadow palette for her trip. Choose one light color and a darker shadow for contrast. If you really feel like you need a smoky eye, a sweep of eyeliner should do the trick. After that, choose your favorite mascara and call it a day. Don’t forget your ELF eyebrow kit thought – that is an absolute necessity in my book.


Choose one bold lipstick and a (tinted) lip balm. I doubt you need a different dramatic look while out and about every night. Not to mention, keeping it simple will only help in showcasing your natural beauty.

Plan on using any of these travel beauty tips? Snap a pic and tag us on Instagram/ Twitter with @laurenkelp and #LKbeauty.breann bowman