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10 Beauty essentials to pack for your holiday trip

Kori Ellis is an editor and writer based in San Antonio, TX, where she lives with her husband and four children. At SheKnows, she writes about parenting, fashion, beauty and other lifestyle topics. Additionally, Kori has been published i...

On-the-go beauty

If you are going to be traveling this holiday season, be sure your bag is stocked with all the essentials you need to look your best. Pack these makeup, hair and skin care products to look fabulous on your holiday trip.

Holiday travel - Beauty tips

Love your locks

Hours on the plane, freezing cold temperatures outside and dry indoor heating can do a number on your hair during winter travel. These essential products will keep your locks healthy and beautiful.

Dry shampoo - Don't bother with packing your favorite shampoo and conditioner. Use the one provided at the hotel (or your Aunt Helen's house). However, be sure to pack dry shampoo or baby powder. It absorbs oil and adds body to revitalize limp hair.

We love: Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo, $5

Hair serum - Fight the frizz caused by wind, cold and static electricity by adding a hair serum to your daily routine. Smooth it through your hair after blow drying to leave your hair looking silky and shiny.

We love: John Frieda Collection Frizz-Ease Hair Serum, $10

Nourish your skin

Don't neglect your skin while traveling this holiday season. In addition to your regular facial moisturizer and sunscreen, add these essential beauty products to your bag.

Hydrating mist - Don't let the weather zap the life out of your skin. A hydrating facial mist will refresh, balance, protect and hydrate your skin, while also helping to set your makeup.

We love: Juicy Beauty Hydrating Mist, $22

Solid moisturizer - Keep your hands and body soft and smooth while traveling without having to carry another liquid. Use a solid moisturizer with healthy ingredients like shea butter, cocoa butter, vitamin E and natural botanicals.

We love: Vanilla Bee Bar Skin Care Moisturizing Solid Lotion Bar, $5

The eyes have it

Long plane rides and late nights during the holidays can leave your eyes looking tired and puffy. Perk up your peepers with these vital products.

Eye pads
- Fight dark circles, ease jet lag, soothe puffy eyes and rejuvenate your skin with eye pads. Though you can't carry sliced cucumbers with you wherever you go, you can purchase eye pads and store them in your refrigerator before your trip. Pop them on your eyes during the flight or when you get back to your hotel.

We love: Earth Therapeutics Orange Eye Pads, $6

Eye drops - Always carry a little bottle of eye drops in your bag. The bottle is small enough to meet TSA regulations and packs a powerful punch. Whether you've stayed up too late, had too many cocktails or suffer from allergies, they'll get the red out and refresh your eyes.

We love: Clear Eyes Redness Relief Eye Drops, $5

Color me beautiful

You don't need to pack up your whole vanity when you go out of town. Instead, invest in multi-purpose beauty products that can do double or triple duty.

Multi-purpose balm - In our fast-paced, on-the-go world, multi-purpose beauty products are essential. Pack a beauty balm that can be used to add color to the cheeks, lips, eyes and everywhere else. Look for products in a convenient twist-up stick that is perfect for travel.

We love: Revolution Organics' Freedom Glow Multi-Tasking Beauty Balm, $34

One-sweep eyeshadow - When traveling, you don't have time to spend hours in the mirror perfecting your makeup, but you want to look like you did. Try one-sweep eyeshadow that highlights, defines and colors in a snap.

We love: L'Oreal Studio Secrets Professional The One Seep Eye Shadow, $10

Quick fixes

Bring items for quick beauty fixes, like cotton swabs and a nail polish remover pen. Also, keep your face looking fabulous with these beauty products.

Pre-moistened cleansing cloths - Don't go anywhere without pre-moistened makeup remover cloths. They allow you to cleanse your skin wherever you are and are perfect for late nights when you are too tired to go into the bathroom to wash your face.

We love: Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, $6

Blotting sheets - Blotting tissues get rid of oil and shine without disturbing your makeup. They are ideal for those times when you can't redo your whole face, but need a little help.

We love: Boscia California Orange Blotting Linens, $10

More beauty travel tips

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