If you’re like us, then you have a knack for spending hours packing, only to realize halfway to your destination that you forgot something. It happens to the best of us. Heading out of town this fall? To help make sure you don’t forget any beauty products you might want at your disposal while you’re traveling, we put together a packing list for your next autumn adventure. From hair care to skin care to makeup, we’ve got you covered. Consider this your vacation beauty checklist!
Our Best Hair Products to Pack for a Fall Getaway
Vacation should be a time for relaxation, fun, and taking lots and lots of pictures. So obviously, you’d want your hair to look its best if you’re planning on posting selfies on social media. If you’re hopping in a car for your trip, you can toss full-sized products in your suitcase; if you’re trying to save space or are traveling via airplane, squeeze shampoos, conditioners, and styling creams into travel-friendly containers for easy transport.
Shampoo and conditioner: Your hair care routine starts in the shower. Cleanse and condition your hair with a system of hair care products formulated to moisturize your strands.
Air drying products: Save room while you’re packing by skipping your hair dryer, flat iron, and curling wand in favor of a few products that can be used to help enhance your hair’s shape and texture. If you’re looking for beachy waves, volume, or smooth strands, we have picks for you.
What to pack: L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray, L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Ruffled Body Mousse, or L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Undone Style Cream
Dry shampoo: If you have a busy day of sightseeing planned, you may not have the time to hop in the shower to shampoo and condition before you leave. In that case, lightly spritz oily roots with dry shampoo to help refresh your hair until you have time to wash it later.
What to pack: L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo
Our Best Skin Care Products to Pack for a Fall Getaway
A weekend away is no excuse for letting your skin care routine slip by the wayside. That doesn’t mean your skin care routine has to be super-complicated when you’re traveling. Just stash a few key products in your bag to take with you. Some (like makeup removing wipes) can conveniently be used on the go.
Makeup removing wipes: If you get back to your hotel at night after jet-setting around for the day, don’t let your head hit the pillow before taking off your makeup. When you sleep in your makeup, it can mix with the dirt and oils on the surface of your skin, which can lead to clogged pores—and clogged pores can lead to breakouts. Keep a pack of makeup removing towelettes near your bed so that you can easily remove your makeup before you hit the sheets.
Clay cleanser: Cleansing your complexion should be the first step in your skin care routine. Pick a cleanser that’s formulated for your skin type and set it up on the hotel sink for easy access.
Moisturizer: As fall approaches and the temperature begins to drop, you may notice that your skin is starting to feel drier. So, consider switching up your moisturizer as the seasons changes. While a lightweight moisturizer may have been all you needed during the summer months, you may find that your complexion needs more hydration once the weather cools.
What to pack: L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Normal/ Dry Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Normal/ Oily Skin, or L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Extra Dry Skin
Moisturizer formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen: You should wear broad-spectrum sunscreen year-round—rain or shine. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher (or a moisturizer formulated with SPF) as directed before heading outside, then reapply at least every two hours (or immediately after swimming or sweating). But that’s not all! You should also take other sun protection measures such as limiting your amount of time (especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., peak hours), seeking shade, and covering up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
Overnight face mask: Go ahead and enjoy your beauty sleep while you’re away from home. Bring an overnight face mask with you to help boost your skin’s hydration while you snooze.
Our Best Makeup to Pack for a Fall Getaway
Since you’re sure to snap a selfie or two while you’re traveling, make sure that in addition to your hair and skin care essentials, your cosmetics bag is packed to perfection, too! Whether you want to rock a no makeup, makeup look or a sultry smoky eye for a dinner out, it’s a good idea to come prepared with everything you think you’ll need.
Makeup primer: Start your makeup routine by applying a primer over your face to help ensure your foundation goes on smoothly.
Foundation + makeup blending sponge: Whether you opt to rock a neutral face and your most done-up look, a little foundation can go a long way when it comes to perfecting the appearance of your complexion. Simply apply it with a makeup blender, dabbing the foundation onto your skin.
What to pack: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Concealer
Blush: Fake a gorgeous fall flush with a hint of pink blush on your cheeks. Using a palette makes it easy to mix and match for a custom color that flatters you.
What to pack: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Blush
Highlighter: Glowing skin is in, so don’t forget about finding room for highlighter in your suitcase. A little goes a long way, so dab some on to the highpoints of your face and blend in.
What to pack: L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator
Matte eye shadow: Want to rock a sultry matte smoky eye? Try using tan, taupe, brick, and cream colors for a beautiful autumn-inspired look.
Metallic eye shadow: Looking for more of a statement eye? Add a little shimmer to your lids with a fall-friendly metallic color.
What to pack: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Metallics Eye Shadow in Rose Chrome, Brass Knuckles, and Caged
Eyeliner: Even if you don’t normally wear eyeliner, you may want to consider packing a few for the ride in case you decide to amp up the drama for a night out. We especially love black, army green, and gold for fall.
Mascara: A coat of mascara has the ability to totally tie together your entire makeup look.
What to pack: L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara
Brow pencil: Help frame your face with perfectly filled in brows. Yep: Bold brows are the name of the game these days. The key is to concentrate most of the color from your eyebrow pencil around your arches and tails, as opposed to the inner corners of your brows, which are best left au naturel.
What to pack: L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Definer Mechanical Pencil
Metallic lipstick: Perk up your pout with a quick coat of metallic lipstick. It’s all about finding a sparkly shade that complements your skin tone, then wearing it with pride. Look for dark shades, which are the perfect fit for fall.
Matte lipstick + lipliner: Prefer your lipstick has a matte finish? Line and fill your lips with a nude matte lippy during the day and perk it up with a burgundy shade at night.
Now that you’re prepped for your fall getaway, you might even be thinking forward to your winter plans. If that’s the case, be sure to check out our article, 10 Beauty Travel Essentials for Your Next Winter Getaway.