I'm a Pro at Packing Beauty Products—I Never Travel Without These Essentials

Packing for trips longer than a weekend can mean suitcases stuffed with items you never use. I get it. You're planning for the what-ifs. I've been there, done that, and have the sweaty memories of lugging my bags around Portugal's cobblestone streets to show for it. (I quickly learned less is the only way to pack after that trip.) If you've ever found yourself in a similar situation, you know it's a workout you didn't sign up for. And if the streets you're lugging your suitcase up have any elevation…well, good luck.


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Shoes and beauty products are two categories I've struggled to pack well in the past. As a beauty editor, I once thought traveling was the best time to put all of the new products I wanted to try to the test. Spoiler alert: I rarely tried new stuff until I was back home, and thus ended up carrying a bunch of extra weight for no reason. This travel season, I'm opting out of overstuffing my suitcases and leaning into packing mindfully by switching products in large packing for those that come in smaller sizes. It also means thinking about what I'm really going to use. Curating this list was more complex than I thought, but I did it. Keep scrolling to see my top picks and the best beauty products I recommend for traveling. 

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