Frequent travel leads you to become well versed in beauty products in a whole different way. When you’re on an airplane every other weekend, you begin to appreciate details like packaging and density. You have choices when you fly—you can either buy tiny bottles with which to decant your products (a process that beauty blogger Amber Katz of Beauty Blogging Junkie calls "The Decanterbury Tales"), or you can buy a few good 3 oz or less products at your neighborhood supermarket or drugstore before you hit the road, Jack. I tend to do the latter, and I always try to choose the kind of products that will last and give you maximum bang for your buck. Here are five of my latest favorite must have travel minis, based on packaging, thickness and long-lasting quality:
- Noxzema: The creamy white facial cleanser that was my salvation as a teenager, has become a go to favorite for when I am on the road. Noxzema is thick enough not to run and trip in your travel bag, and the small jar style of packaging makes it easy to stash if you're short on space.
- Dove moisture rich body wash: Traveling with body wash can be tricky. If you're traveling alone, you have to think about packaging and whether or not the body wash you’re bringing will manage to drip on your clothing in the process. If you're traveling with somebody and sharing the body wash, you have to think about how to make that product last for the both of you and choosing something that will clash with your fragrance or cologne. Dove moisture rich body wash makes that really easy. It's creamy and thick enough to give your body the moisture it needs, and just a little goes a long way.
- Koils By Nature hair and body butter: Made by one of my favorite indie hair and beauty brands, Koils By Nature nourishing hair and body butter comes in a variety of fragrances and sizes. My personal favorite is Sweet Almond’s Joy, a thick, highly scented hair and body butter that gives moisture and protection wherever you use it. I use it on my wet hair and skin fresh out of the shower to lock in moisture on the road, and to make me smell like a delicious edible treat from head to toe.
- Purell hand sanitizer: I am lost without hand sanitizer when traveling; you never know when it's going to come in handy. Having a big bottle of travel size Purell makes the difference between having dirty hands on public transportation in a strange city, or being happy about eating with your hands if required for the exotic cuisine you're about to try. I am a big fan and a bit of a chronic user.
- Vaseline: Good old Vaseline petroleum jelly is one of those multi-use products that is absolutely essential to me when traveling. It can be used to remove heavy eye makeup, moisturize extremely dry and cracked feet, or nourish your cuticles. It’s been around forever because it works. However, if you prefer to not use a petroleum-based product on your hair or skin, look for a non-petroleum jelly. There are many on the market, many are available on Amazon.com. Another great alternative to traditional Vaseline or petroleum jelly is coconut oil, if you are looking to decant some, just make sure your jar is tight. Coconut oil solidifies at lower temperatures so spillage should not be a problem.
Whenever I travel I tend to run to the drugstore for my minis and use the products that I mentioned above. What are your must-have travel minis?
Contributing Editor, Patrice Grell Yursik is the creator of Afrobella.com, one of the first blogs to celebrate the beauty of natural hair and ladies of all skin tones and sizes. Affectionately called the Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging, Patrice takes her readers inside unique beauty, fashion and cultural experiences.