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The Summer Holiday Beauty Edit: Travel Essentials For Your Next Vacation

From skincare to haircare, here’s everything you need to, and can, fit into your travel bag for your summer holiday vacay.

We’ve been there. Every time we pack for our holidays, we bust out our disposable travel-sized bottles and fill it with product from our regular-sized shampoo, conditioner, and more. Sometimes, we miss out an item or two, then we scream internally when we unpack our bags at the hotel room or Airbnb. Instead of going through the frustration this summer holidays, we decided to pick out some holiday travel kits that we want to add to our luggages. Plus, we also picked out some beauty essentials you’ll need to pack into your bags, since not everything can be thrown into a kit for sale, sadly.

Drunk Elephant The Littles Kit 3.0, $128, from Sephora
This is one comprehensive travel kit. There’s a cleanser, face oil, night serum, hydrating serum, firming day serum, eye cream, moisturiser and sunscreen – which should be adequate regardless of skin type or climate of your holiday destination. Since we’re all for being organised so that we can fit more into our suitcase, the waterproof bag that comes with the set is a boon too. Aesop Departure travel kit, $80, from Aesop
We’re not kidding when we say we haven’t come across someone who doesn’t like this Australian brand. If you insist on being an outlier, skip this. If not, we think all of us can benefit from having this travel kit handy whether we’re taking a long-haul flight or a short trip. It comprises of a rinse-free hand wash, hand balm, hydrating face mask, face mist, lip cream, mouthwash and toothpaste. Other than the face mask, which we think you can use in the comfort of your hotel room or Airbnb, the rest of the set will keep you feeling refreshed and soothe frazzled nerves since Aesop’s scented products all exude a sense of calm. Senka A.L.L. Clear Sheets Makeup Remover Wipes, $3.50 for a pack 10 sheets – $13.90 for a pack of 44 sheets, from Watsons, Guardian, Don Don Donki, BHG, Lazada, Shopee, Metro and Robinsons
Makeup wipes are one of the most handy things to keep in your travel beauty bag. It saves you the hassle of having to lug along cleansing oil or water (which you likely had to have transferred from the original-sized bottles) and can double as wet wipes during emergencies too. These wipes from Senka not only remove makeup, they have rice bran oil to sweep off blackheads and dead skin cells, xylitol to help brighten skin tone, and a signature natural silk cocoon essence and hyaluronic acid to restore skin’s moisture too.   Antipodes Saviour Skin Balm, $20.80 for 30ml
This multi-purpose balm from New Zealand brand Antipodes has a blend of anti-inflammatory tea tree oil, and antioxidant-rich totara and grape seed oils. You can apply it on grazes, dry and cracked skin, chapped lips, sore muscles, rashes, sunburnt skin and more, to alleviate these symptoms, which makes it an all-round lifesaver for your travel bag. Porcelain Summer Skincare Kit, $88, from Porcelain
Porcelain has pulled together three of its best-selling products in a single kit to help soothe and rehydrate skin. Everything in this set is designed to boost your skin’s hydration, which makes it perfect if you’re planning a beach holiday. The star in the kit is the Aloe Recovery Gel, which is made of 99 per cent stabilised aloe vera to help sooth irritated skin. The kit also comes with a travel pouch for easy organisation. Soleil Toujours Organic Set + Protect Micro Mist SPF 30, $55, from Sephora
This 60ml sunscreen mist fits easily into any bag for easy touch-ups on the go. It’s made of over 70 per cent organic ingredients and gives up to 80 minutes of water-resistant sun protection. The brand also prides itself on being reef-safe, so you can spritz and reapply your sunscreen without having to worry about the environmental effect, especially if you are at the beach. Briogeo Farewell Frizz Frizz Control Travel Kit, $37, from Sephora
Even if you’re going to bun your hair up your entire trip, you need to tote along at the very least, a shampoo, conditioner and leave-in treatment. This set fits the bill, and has not one but two leave-in treatments – a conditioning spray and heat-protecting cream so you can have Instagram-ready hair every single day. This kit is also TSA-approved, so you can bring it along during your flight to freshen up your hair (like you would your face) before disembarking. Aveda Mini Paddle Brush, $31, from Aveda and Shila Duty Free stores
How many times have you forgotten to pack your comb, only to reach the hotel and realise that the flimsy, disposable one just doesn’t cut it for you? We love this paddle brush from Aveda, which is a miniature-sized version of their best-selling, larger-sized paddle brush. It’s a little bigger than our palm, but the handle fits perfectly into our hands, making it small enough to fit inside our travel bags yet big enough to not feel insubstantial.