How to Pack Beauty Products for Travel

Over the next few months, I’ve got several trips coming up— both weekend jaunts and international travel. But regardless of the length of whatever trip I’m on, I always pack my beauty products with me in my carry on. I feel much more secure knowing that my essentials are never out of sight. I’ve heard too many horror stories of makeup getting destroyed or, worst case scenario, going missing in checked bags. Plus, I often find myself doing my makeup in airport bathrooms or at the gate when I take early flights.

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I’ve finally gotten into my groove when it comes to packing beauty products for travel in my carry on. My travel beauty routine is very streamlined, and I try my best not to overpack. It’s all about versatile products and sticking to the must-haves in order to maximize space. Especially with the 3-1-1 TSA rule, you’re probably at least going to have two bags carrying your beauty products: a normal bag and a clear bag.

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The 3-1-1 rule refers to the policy that liquids brought on board an airplane must be contained in 3.4 oz (or less) bottles. All liquids must fit in a 1-quart clear zip bag, and only one bag is allowed per passenger. Sometimes, when it comes to beauty products, it can be hard to distinguish what counts as a liquid. Throughout my travels, here’s how I’ve packed my beauty products without any issues:

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Click the items above to find them online— these are what I’ve really been packing on my recent trips!

Beauty Products I Pack in a Clear Bag:

  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Brow Gel
  • Face Wash
  • Moisturizer
  • Acne Creams
  • Toner
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Eye Creams
  • Toothpaste
  • Hair Spray
  • Hair Serums
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Perfume
  • Setting Spray

Beauty Products I Pack in a Normal Bag:

  • Eyeshadow
  • Eye Primer
  • Cream or Powder Contour
  • Cream or Powder Blush
  • Cream or Powder Highlight
  • Pencil products
  • Eyeliner (including liquid)
  • Mascara
  • Solid Cleanser
  • Lipstick (including liquid)
  • Cleansing Wipes
  • Hair Removal Tools
  • Brushes

Also Read: 10 Best Travel Makeup Bags to Buy on Amazon

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When it comes to brushes, I keep them within their own pouch to protect them. I’ve found that a roll-up brush holder is the most compact way to pack makeup brushes for travel. It has a ton of storage for all your must-have brushes, but barely takes up any space once it’s rolled up. This one even fits within my regular makeup bag, which is super convenient.

More Tips for Packing Beauty Products for Travel:

I’ve personally never had any issues with normal shaving products in my carry on. I use the Venus Snap Razor, which comes with a carrying case.

For perfume, try using an atomizer that you can fill and re-fill with your favorite scents. I use the Travalo, which is leak-proof and TSA-friendly. Of course, you can always pack your favorite rollerball perfume as well.

Alternatively, you can use a solid perfume. In fact, replacing your liquids with solid alternatives is a great way to save space in your clear bag and reduce the risk of leaks. I’ve personally made the switch to solid face wash for travel. Shave bars are also an awesome choice for travel— you can usually find them in the men’s shaving section.

Do you have any other tips for packing beauty products for travel? Share them in the comments!


  1. Perfume ‘cards’ from magazines and ad flyers are great for travel! They weigh nothing, and after you use them you can toss them. A contact lens case is perfect for holding liquid foundation in one side and bb cream in the other.

  2. Very well done! I always need to add the bulky 3.4 oz bottles of contact lens solution and saline to my quart bag so it’s a struggle but I manage.

    • Just FYI: Contact Solution and a contact case are considered a medically necessary item so it doesn’t have to be in your zip lock bag.You do have to present it at security and pull it out of your bag but it doesn’t have to go in your TSA baggie 😉

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