For those of us who travel often, keeping our toiletry and beauty essentials within TSA limits just got easier. Thanks to the brave new world of beauty, some of our traditional mainstays now come in solid form. (This means a lighter bag, too, if you’re backpacking anywhere this summer.) These are our favorite non-liquid beauty products:
1. Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard Plus Picaridin Towelettes
Especially as we’re heading into summer, mosquitos and other biting insects can ruin a vacation. And while most of our bug-fighting options come in the form of sprays or liquids, these towelettes can wipe on protection. $14
2. Ponds Wet Cleansing Towelettes Evening Soothe with Chamomile & White Tea
There’s nothing better than a cleansing wipe to refresh on the go, and Pond towelettes are particularly well-tuned to soothe the skin on those late-night red eyes. Cleansing wipes work well to get rid of makeup, but also to remove scuffs from shoes, wipe down after a long flight when showering isn’t an option, clean-up under dirty nails, and even smooth your hair into a ponytail after a post-flight nap — all liquid free. $4.84
3. Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover Pads
The individually wrapped Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover Pads are perfect for air travel and touching up a manicure mid-trip. The pads are available in three- and 10-pack pouches, and with just one pad, you can easily wipe away polish on all your fingers and toes. $3.99.
4. LUSH’s solid shampoo and conditioner bars
We can’t always carry on our favorite shampoo bottles onboard, but LUSH’s solid shampoo and conditioner ensure you don’t have to rely on the mini courtesy bottles at hotels (which often contain ingredients we rather not use or simply just don’t yield the desired results). Bonus: LUSH’s solid shampoo and conditioner smell great and are incredibly easy to carry. From $9.95.
5. Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk – Non-Aerosol
Don’t have time for a full lather? Dry shampoo can help refresh your hair in seconds. While most of these come in aerosol cans — prohibited by the TAS — Klorane’s has a non-aerosol version that contains corn and rice starch to absorb dirt, oil, and odors without water. With this product, hair instantly regains beautiful volume and texture. From $9.
6. Sibu Sea Buckthorn Miracle Stick
Traveling takes a toll on your body and skin, and Sibu’s convenient rub-on emollient stick can be applied directly pretty much any dry, chapped, or cracked area. The stick is formulated with the healing power of sea buckthorn oil, along with hydrating shea and cocoa butter, to promote skin recovery and healing. Since it soothes redness and irritation, it’s great on sunburns and minor wounds. The sea buckthorn and coconut oils provide anti-bacterial properties for these infection-prone areas, too. $19.95
7. LISTERINE PocketPaks
These small strips freshen breath on the go, and, unlike gum or mints, they actually kill 99 percent of the germs that cause bad breath. $3.97
8. Kiss My Face Sport Hot Spots SPF 30
Perfect for those delicate facial areas that need extra protection from the sun, like ears, brow, lips, nose, and cheeks. This stick is made with certified organic ingredients including beeswax, coconut oil, and aloe. $7.16
Bonus: Aquaphor Heal Ointment Mini Jar
While you would have to stick this into your quart-sized zip top bag, it’s too good to skip. From serving as a hydrating lip balm to taming unexpected flyaways, this classic beauty weapon in its miniature version is TSA-friendly and won’t take up too much space in your carry-on bag. $2.49.