Jet-Set Beauty

Three Beauty Editors Reveal the Must-Have Products They Always Travel With

All the essentials that take the stress out of flying, from noise-canceling headphones to makeup-removing wipes.

As any jet-setter knows, packing the perfect bag is an art not easily mastered. Luckily, three of Allure's editors have that art down to a science, and they’ve agreed to spill on the items that always make the cut, no matter how limited the cargo space.

Beauty Reporter Devon Abelman, Makeup Editor Sable Yong, and Deputy Director Sam Escobar each shared their favorite travel-friendly items to pack in a pinch. Whether it's the cutest avocado-shaped battery pack you've ever seen, or a pair of lightweight earbuds from Bang & Olufsen that manage to block out sound despite their tiny size, these picks have got every aspect of the journey covered. But where are the beauty products, you ask? Don't worry, these editors haven't forgotten them — they just prioritize the most important aspects of their routines: their skin. One of the simplest ways they do this is by bringing along Neutrogena's new Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes Singles, a compact wipe designed to fit into your busy life and your overstuffed baggage. They’re small enough to stash anywhere, ensuring that instant, on-the-go refreshment is only ever a swipe away, no matter how unexpected the beauty emergency you're facing.

And that’s just one of the pro tips that our editors use to travel light, so take a peek inside their baggage for all the carry-on essentials that these three staffers swear by. Follow their example, and you’ll find yourself maximizing space while still staying prepared for everything — so get ready to breeze through that security line without breaking a sweat.

DEVON ABELMAN || Digital Beauty Reporter

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Sonix Tropical Deco iPhone Case, $35, shopsonix.com
Sonix has a whole range of eye-catching floral designs that will be right at home no matter what climate you’re traveling to — and way cuter than a cracked screen.

Ban.do On The Line Lightning Cable, $18, bando.com
A lightning cable is a must-pack for those with Apple products, but it doesn’t have to be an afterthought. This twinkly lilac version is over six feet long, but because of the clever coils, it won’t end up hopelessly tangled at the bottom of your bag.

Mojipower Avocado Portable Power Bank, $28, urbanoutfitters.com
This adorable avocado battery does double duty, holding a portable charge for your devices and making you friends mid-air — because everyone who catches a glimpse of it is going to want one of their own.

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Singles, $8, neutrogena.com
Speaking of making friends, the Neutrogena Makeup Remover Singles come twenty to a pack, so you can bring enough of the streamlined packages to share without bulking up your baggage.

JBL by Harman E55BT | Quincy Edition Headphones, $200, jbl.com
Turn the in-seat television in front of you into your own private surround-sound theater with these over-ear headphones from JBL. Not only will they cancel out the ambient noise of the plane, but there are no wires to unplug and replug during your seatmate’s repeated trips to the bathroom. (Maybe sliding them an easy and convenient makeup wipe might convince them to stay in their seat — you'll have them to spare, because Neutrogena's Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes Singles come twenty to a package.)

“Emergency Contact” by Mary H.K. Choi, $18, barnesandnoble.com
Choi’s debut novel centers around Penny and Sam, young lovers separated by distance but linked by technology, making it a perfect plane read.

SABLE YONG || Digital Beauty Editor

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader, $130, amazon.com
Take the guesswork out of deciding how many books to bring on a trip with Amazon’s newest e-reader. Not only is it thinner and lighter, to avoid weighing down your bag, but this retooled version is fully waterproof, so it’s almost begging to be enjoyed poolside.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H3 Earphones, $149, beoplay.com
These lightweight earbuds were practically designed for plane travel, balancing a comfortable fit and long battery life with noise-canceling capabilities and a tangle-resistant cord.

Slip Pure Silk Sleep Mask, $50, sephora.com
You could bank on the scratchy versions of sleep masks that get handed out by flight attendants, or you could bring your pores a silky treat with this anti-aging offering from Slip. Its mulberry silk promises to help prevent signs of eye fatigue, so you can hop off your red-eye looking and feeling fresh as a daisy.

Madewell Small Crystalline Half Moon Pouch, $20, madewell.com
Keep all your fave beauty products in one place with a see-through makeup bag that tells you at-a-glance what tools you have in your arsenal.

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Singles, $8, neutrogena.com
And of course, one of those tools is Neutrogena's Makeup Remover Singles, which Sable keeps on hand in case she needs to refresh her look mid-flight.

Purell Hand Sanitizer, $14 for a pack of six, amazon.com
Travel can be stressful enough without worrying about all the surfaces to avoid touching, so Sable always stashes some hand sanitizer in her bag. Plus, the brand’s travel size is just two ounces, so it won’t slow you down at security.

Delfonics Quitterie Pouch Small, $18, needsupply.com
Keep your travel documents organized without sacrificing fashion — Quitterie’s sleek, multifunctional pouches come in eye-catching colors like Sky Blue and Mosaic that will have you batting away the compliments.

SAM ESCOBAR || Digital Deputy Director

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Apple iPad and Headphones, $799, apple.com
No need to rely on fickle in-flight viewing options when you have your own library of favorites just a tap away on your iPad. Sam downloads episodes of Haunting of Hill House, The Good Place, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia in advance, so there’s never a dull moment.

Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit in Quartz, $18, pinchprovisions.com
Do yourself a favor and never leave home without one of these colorful kits again. From deodorant wipes to safety pins to stain remover sticks, each pouch contains 17 self-care essentials to help you come through in a pinch.

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Singles, $8, neutrogena.com
But there's no such thing as being too prepared, right? So Sam slips a few Neutrogena Makeup Remover Singles into their Minimergency Kit, as well, so a cleansing swipe is always at their fingertips.

Saint Laurent Classic Slim Sunglasses, $435, ysl.com
Forget a day-to-night look, these stunning Saint Laurent shades take you from sky to ground without missing a beat.

Notem Uma Large Lay-Flat Notebook, $23, notem-studio.com
If you’ve ever had inspiration strike mid-flight, you know that the lay-flat style is a game-changer for notebooks. This Danish brand features a blank page on the right and a lined one on the right, to satisfy the artistic and logical side of your brain simultaneously.

Papier Tigre Le Carnet Small Notebook, $21, milligram.com
But when it comes to jotting down story ideas on-the-go, Sam prefers something a little smaller and sleeker, like this geometric notebook from Parisian brand Papier Tigre.

Papier Tigre Pencil, $3, milligram.com
And don’t forget a pencil — in this season’s neutrals of blush and navy, of course — because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as graphite gliding over the page in a flow of creativity.