How To Pack The Best Beauty Travel Bag Ever

Whether it's hatching a plan for a weekend jaunt or long-hauling it to an exotic locale, nothing keeps us in a sunshine state of mind (or makes us as giddy with anticipation) like an upcoming summer getaway. And once the tickets are booked and your vacation wardrobe is on point, all that's left to top off your well-styled trip are some must-have, jet-set-friendly beauty products. Lest you be left in the lurch with an overflowing makeup case or desperately rushing off on a last-minute beauty run for mini-versions of everything, we put together an easy guide to organizing the ultimate travel beauty kit—you'll be on the way to your own personal paradise in no time.
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The Essentials

Looking for the bare necessities? Keep it simple with a set that covers all the hair and skincare bases; a slim, pocket-sized makeup palette for eyes, lips, and face; a mini mascara; and a little something to keep your smile fresh.

Pat McGrath for LeSportsac Pucker Up case, $28, available at LeSportsac.
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Malin + Goetz Essential Kit, $30, available at Malin + Goetz.
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Too Faced Glamour 2 Go Pocket Palette, $20, available at Sephora.
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Benefit A Little Bit BADgal Lash Mascara, $9, available at Sephora.
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Supersmile Quikee, $16, available at 3floz.
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City Centric

Heading to an urban setting? Choose a day-to-night bag that can double as a cosmetics case, and add in a multi-purpose concealer, a luminizing face moisturizer (so you can skip foundation), a body-building dry shampoo, and a customizable makeup palette.

Rebecca Minkoff Jellybean Bag in Nude, $176, available at Shopbop.
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MAC Strobe Cream, $15, available at MAC.
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Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, $19.50, available in July at Oribe.
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Jouer Instant Chic Palette, $70, available at Jouer Cosmetics.
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Cargo Jet Lag Concealer, $32, available at Cargo.
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If sand and shore are in your future, focus on packing sun and beach-friendly items. Think sunscreen; a multitasking hair product that detangles, defrizzes, and boosts shine; and a moisturizing lippie with SPF.

Stephanie Johnson Nantucket Iris Case, $38, available at Flight 001.
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Australian Gold SPF 30 InvisiDry Sheer Coverage Sunscreen, $1.99, available in Walgreens stores nationwide.
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Jack Black Intense Lip Therapy SPF 25 in Lemon and Chamomile, 7.50, available at Sephora.
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Supergoop! SPF 30 Sunscreen Swipes with Zinc for Sensitive Skin, $10, available at Sephora.
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Philip B Shin Shine, $27, available at Philip B.
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Outdoor Activities

Adventure on your itinerary? Go for an all-in-one face lotion with SPF; easy, biodegradable face wipes; dry shampoo; a tint that works on both lips and cheeks; and some allergy-busting meds.

Baggu Small Stripe Zipper Bags, $8, available at Baggu.
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First Aid Beauty 5-in-1 Face Cream with SPF 30, $38, available at Sephora.
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Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo, $7.50, available at Sephora.
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LA Fresh Oil-Free Face Cleanser, $4.99 for set of 10, available at La Fresh.
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Help I Have Allergies, $4, available at 3floz.
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Becca Beach Tint in Guava, $25, available at B-Glowing.