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.
I love indulging in a masking session while killing time in my hotel room, and Renée Rouleau's bestsellers (in this travel-friendly set) happen to be some of my favorite. The Triple Berry Smoothing Peel contains AHAs and BHAs for exfoliation, but I never feel like my skin is stripped of moisture after using it.
OK, don't get mad at me, but this set of minis is sold out (the full sizes are still available year-round, though). But if I had the power to buy these sets in bulk, I would — it's rare to find a travel-sized body luminizer, and I don't ever pack for a sunny locale without some sort of shimmering product on my person. These baby Soleil Blancs were perfect for weekend getaways and beach days.
Powder is the bane of my existence while on ground (I've cracked too many compacts to count), but the hate intensifies whenever I have to stuff it in my liquids pouch. It always ends up spilling everywhere and making a mess. So of course, Rihanna came to the rescue by shrinking her Pro Filt'r powder into this adorable sealed container. Bless you, Rih.
I always miss my prized collection of perfumes whenever I'm away, and choosing one miniature vial to take with me is always a tough decision. This Clive Christian set isn't just compact — it gives me some of the most decadent, layer-able options that actually stay on, as the juices are made with 20 to 25 percent perfume concentration.