Must have skincare products in your travel bag


I am back from the one week Swiz-Italy trip and you would have seen the lovely photos in the insta handle. It was great going on a trip with friends and the places we visited were picturisque and culturally vibrant. Before I write about my travel experience in upcoming posts, I thought I would tell you about the products that I carried with me. So read on about the travle skincare must haves.


Travel essentials

I carry my skincare products in this cloth pouch, which I won in a giveaway by Karibykriti a while back. It is quite big to carry all the products and convenient. Since it is cloth, you can adjust it in easily.


Handmade Cloth pouch

Sometimes when you buy full sized products, you get complimentary travel sized samples from brands. I save these to take with me during trips like these. Also small ziplocks comes in handy a lot. Nykaa sometimes sends lipsticks in such good quality ziplocks and I carried all the liquid products in these.


Zip lock pouches

  • Cleanser : Always carry a cleansing wipe and a gentle face wash 

Since it was a road trip and we were staying in Airbnbs or dorms mostly, I didn’t want to carry elaborate cleansing products. I would always have cleansing wipes in my hand bag but at the end of the day, I always prefer cleansing my face thoroughly with a good cleanser.

I wanted a travel sized emulsifying cleanser and I bought one greentea emulsifying cleansing balm from the brand Dermitecture, on a sale. Eventhough I am not into impulse buys, especially from new brands, I decided to give it a try since emulsifying balms are easy to use. The idea is to use the balm to breakdown all the oil-dissolving dirt , later use water to emulsify this and wash it off without having to use a separate foaming cleanser.

Much to my disappointment, the cleansing balm didn’t work as expected. Also surprised that ingredient list was not given in the product. This green balm did not break down to oils during massage and didnot emulsify on contact with water. So that was a let down. (I contacted the brand later regarding this and apparently they missed an ingredient in the batch. They apologised for the mistake and refunded the amount. )

So I relied mostly on the Himalaya Aloe wipes and borrowed face washes from friends.

  • Face mists : This is optional but it keeps you refreshed in hot climate 

Rome and Venice were quite hot and spraying a mist now and then really helps in preventing sun burns. Especially when standing in long queues out in the sun, waiting to enter museums, a bottle of water and a face mist are your best companions. Juicy Chemistry Bulgarian Rose Water is a great option.


Juicy Chemistry Rose Face Mist

I love their new glass packaging and the spray nozzle is much superior to the earlier one. The droplets are fine and covers your face in one or two spritzes. But I don’t prefer carryig heavy bottles in my handbag and so transferred it to a small travel sized spray bottle to carry with me.

  • Moisturizers : A good cream based one is essential for the colder places 

I always save the tiny lip balm tubs, so that during travels I can carry creams in them. Since most of the moisturisers comes in big tubs or glass bottles, I prefer transferring the required quantity to smaller tubs for convenience.


Pure Bubbles Propolis Sleeping Cream

I carried with me the Suganda White lotus moisturiser and Pure Bubbles Propolis sleeping cream. My husband and I used the latter mostly because it is thicker and apt for the cold Switzerland climate. Suganda one, as you can find out from the review, is light weight and best for hot humid climate.

You really need a thick moisturiser irrsepctive of your skin type in cold climate. Especially your nose and mouth area will get patchy and dry and it is soothing to use creams thans balms. Pure bubbles’ one served the purpose well.

You can double this as body cream as well but I carried a separate body lotion. If you have flip caps for the lotion, beware. Mine got opened because of the pressure difference and leaked a bit.

  • Body wash : Get a travel sized mini one and preferably gel based for leak proof travel. 

Carrying soap bar is not practical and airbnbs mostly doesn’t provide bath esseintal samples. I bought the mini Indian rose absolute silkening shower wash from Forest essentials.


Fores Essentials Shower Gel

It is quite thick and the stopper cap is of great quality. A little goes a long way and is very gentle. Requires minimal water to wash it off and can double up as face wash as well. Economical, travel friendly and convenient.

  • Lip balm : ***Essential*** 

My lips are always dry irrespective of the weather and so lip balms are my constant companions. But I didn’t want to travel with butter based organic lip balms, since they melt easily in warm climate. So Nuxe lipbalm , which is my favorite winter care balm, is what I used. It is very thick and the tub is leak proof. Also if your lips get flaky, just add a pinch of sugar to some balm and use it as a scrub.

  • Hair Spa instead of oil 

I didn’t want to risk an oil leak, especially since I was carrying back pack and not a spacious trolley. So instead of hair oil, I carried the travel sized version of Kuntal hair spa that I got for free on buying the full sized version. Since I have oily scalp, I can do without oils anyway and this one being a thick liquid is not prone to leakage.


Kuntal Hair Spa

  • Hair Cleanser : Don’t forget to carry a travel sized hair dryer 

I didn’t want to take the risk of carrying a liquid shampoo. So I transferred my current favorite Goop Salt Scrub shampoo (checkout my insta post) to a tiny lip balm tub and carried it around conveniently in my pouch. This is a thick creamy cleanser and also a pea sized quantity is sufficient for one time use.

  • Sunscreen : Whether you are in Switzerland or Rome, sunscreen is a must 

I generally use Mom & World mineral based baby sunscreem with SPF 50. But the pump bottle has a very bad nozzle which breaks after few uses. So I bought Lotus Safe Sun sunscreen for the trip.

I used to be the person who travelled minimally and not use any skincare products apart from a lip balm and probably a moisturiser during my trips. But I realized how much skin suffers after I return home, because of the minimal care I take during the trips. My skin would be dull and sun damaged and it would take me a long while to get it back to life. So even if you can’t carry all of these in your travel kit, atleast make sure a good sunscreen and cleanser is something you take.

Let me know your thoughts on skincare during trips and any tips you would like to share.