Beauty or Bust: What You Need for Stress-Free Holiday Travel

Posted Sunday December 2, 2012 10:10 AM GMT

With the holiday season upon us, we’re thinking egg nog, grandma’s cooking and travel—lots and lots of travel.

Since we've been on our fair share of flights and road trips, we've learned a thing or two about productive packing; consolidation is the key.

So, we've pulled together eight items to share with you before you skedaddle to mom and pops house for the holidays. With their organizational abilities and versatile functions, each one will make the packing process a breeze and traveling easier than ever before.

Check them out:

Cosmetic Bags: The most important items you need for stress-free travel are dependable, functional cosmetic bags. There is nothing worse than having all of your beauty supplies scattered throughout your luggage and carry-ons. With these items, you can consolidate everything into one place, without having to scour your bags for your lotions and go-to lip gloss. We are obsessed with Sonia Kashuk’s Cosmetic Bag Collections at Target. All feature super stylish prints and incredibly functional storage space to make traveling for beauty queens a royal breeze.

Travel Makeup Brushes: Every gal needs a quality set of makeup brushes, but a travel set is pretty essential too. To look gorgeous on the fly (literally) we turn to Sonia Kashuk’s Deluxe Travel Brush Set. Equipped with a blush brush, foundation brush, mascara/comb brush, lip brush, eyeliner brush, smudge brush, eyeshadow brush, and crease brush, this particular bundle is capable of achieving professional looking results, even while on the go.

A Mini Manicure Set: You never know when a hang nail or, worse yet, a broken nail will strike. So, to make sure your nails stay in tip top shape over the holidays, keep a mani set, like Tweezerman’s Floral Mini Manicure Kit handy to ensure a polished look throughout all your travels.

Dry Shampoo: When you’re traveling back and forth from one holiday bash to the next, there isn’t much hygiene time in between – let’s be honest. So, to keep your tresses looking revived and refreshed while on the go, try out a dry shampoo like Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Dry Shampoo. A styling savior, this product soaks up oil, removes build-up product and boosts volume for a just-blown-out look.

A Travel-Friendly Fragrance Option: There is no need to tote around an entire bottle of your favorite fragrance. Instead, try using an atomizer. Simply pour your spritzer of choice into the travel-friendly container (which lends up to 55 sprays when full) and carry around with you in your purse, luggage or carry-on. Sephora makes an atomizer in an array of cute colors, and easy-to-use bottles!

Cosmetic Palette: To make your life a little easier in the cosmetic department while traveling, we suggest investing in a sleek compact like the Glamour To Go Palette from Too Faced. It’s a less cluttered way of traveling, since all the eyeshadows, blushes and bronzing powders you’ll need on a daily basis are all in one place.

Travel-Sized Cleansing Options: Stay squeaky clean while on the go with a collection like the Happy Travels Value Set from Philosophy. This particular set contains everything you’ll ever need while flying to and fro, such as a facial cleanser, shower gel, refreshing eye gel, a firming body emulsion and much more! The products (ranging in sizes from .05 oz. to 1 oz.) come in a quart-sized bag, meaning they've got the green light from the TSA to come aboard.

Lip Conditioner: We have recently fallen in love with Jouer’s Essential Lip Enhancer. This product is a 2-in-1 cosmetic gem, which makes it perfect for traveling! Equipped with Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil, this mega-moisturizing conditioning treatment not only naturally increases the fullness of your kisser, but also lends your pout the hydration it craves, and can sometimes lack in the midst of travel.

More Cosmetics Photos