I consider myself a pretty smart traveler — I roll instead of fold, utilize the heck out of my packing cubes, and always make sure to put my MacBook in a separate bin while at the security checkpoint. But there was once a time when I was a little clueless about flying the friendly skies. On one of my first press trips, a two-day jaunt to Los Angeles, I opted to check a HUGE 27-inch roller since I thought I needed all my full-sized products. But now I rely on luxury travel beauty products to save myself time, luggage space, and a trip to the airline counter.
In fact, I'm not sure why I didn't catch on before — all of my favorite brands offer mini iterations on the products that I rely on while on solid ground. Sadly, this wasn't always the case, which is part of why Dr. Tanuj Nakra, MD, FACS, co-founder of AVYA Skincare (one of my new go-tos), decided to enter the mini market. "We proudly launched our skincare line last year with five full-size products," he tells TZR. "Our on-the-go AVYA consumers started asking for travel-sized containers to meet their higher melanin needs, so we repackaged our three most popular products into a matching travel set."
In fact, the travel set is how I discovered the brand — as well as so many other luxe products that I wasn't too sure about splurging on in my pre-editor days. And since hotel toiletries aren't always inclusive, I never have to worry about scrambling to the nearest CVS for curl cream or oil.
Ahead, see the necessities that never left my side during my summer travels — especially since they'll be coming with me for my fall excursions, too.