Summer Travel Toiletries Packing List

sunscreenBusiness travel any time of year requires strategic packing, but especially so in the summer months. While I don’t need to bring as many clothes as I do in the winter, there are far more specialty toiletry items to pack. Here are the most important tools in my kit to keep me looking great in the summer.

Summer Travel Toiletries Packing List:

  1. Shampoo and conditioner. My curly hair only requires washing 2-3 times per week, so I am often able to avoid washing during business  trips. However, when traveling during the summer I try to take advantage of hotel pools whenever I can, which leads to hair washing. Since my hair is a little high-maintenance I like to stick with the same wonderful Phyto I use at home.
  2. Humidity-busters. There are a few things that I only pack in the summer, specifically for dealing with humidity. Makeup primer keeps my makeup from sweating off the instant I step outside. Hair smoothing cream prevents the frizzball effect. Blotting papers soak up any oil on my face. And anti-chafing gel keeps me comfortable even on the hottest of days.
  3. Makeup with SPF. During the summer  basically everything I put on my face has SPF. BB cream, concealer, powder, blush, and even lipstick all  have SPF. I just want to make sure I don’t miss a spot!
  4. Sunscreen. On warm-weather trips I keep travel sunscreen in my liquids bag, just in case I get lucky enough to take a swim.
  5. Other normal toiletries. Body wash, razor and face wash are always packed, for every trip, plus deodorant, contact solution, toothpaste, and toothbrush. . Tip: Pack small amounts of liquid, like face wash, in a contact lens case. It takes up a fraction of the space  of a normal travel bottle, and will last me three or four trips.

Readers, do you pack  any special  toiletries in the summer?


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  1. Travel size Gold Bond body powder. You are obviously a woman, but for men, (and I am not one of those guys who is a crazy sweating machine) I find a couple shakes of GB body powder down there keeps the boys from getting lets say “uncomfortably hot/sweaty/needing adjustment”.

  2. I am fascinated as to what kind of face cleanser you use. I can’t imagine fitting enough into a contact lens case!

  3. @Andrea so right now I am “in between” cleansers, if you will. I finished all of my Arbonne and wasn’t sure I wanted to buy more, so I got a big thing of Cetaphil from Target. I love it! I have dry-ish skin most of the year and it doesn’t dry me out more, but still gets my skin clean. When I’m done I may switch to something else but I’m happy for now. It doesn’t take much!

  4. I use contact lens cases for all that tiny stuff too … like my solid foundation, hair-smoothing serum, vaseline, etal. Most “travel containers” are much too big for the little bits of stuff we want in our kit.

  5. Yes to cucumbers facial/ make up remover wipes. They have aloe so in a pinch for the rare sunburn you can get some relief as well.

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