10 Things I Never Travel Without

When it comes to packing for a trip, near or far, it’s never my clothes or accessories I prioritize; I can easily mix and match a few favourite pieces, and always leave plenty of room for fabulous new finds abroad. My non-negotiables that I can’t live without are beauty products that make me feel like myself and help to keep me fresh and as beautiful as can be. Here are my top ten all-stars that come with me across oceans and land alike.

Image courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar

10. A BroadBand Light facial treatment
Ok, so technically this isn’t a product I travel with, but indulging in a facial pre-flight is a super important ritual for me. Ensuring my complexion is in tip-top shape is key to keeping my skin clear and radiant while away, and a skin-reviving treatment can work wonders for weeks on end. Prior to recent takeoff, I paid a visit to Dr. Ritu Gupta at Platinum Dermatology and received a BroadBand Light (BBL) treatment. A type of IPL, this super speedy photofacial completely changed my complexion in a week’s time. Evening my tone dramatically, my pores were also visibly reduced and discolouration faded away, too. With lasting results, my skin has never looked better, and I’m thrilled it’ll stay that way.

9. A Spray Tan by Bronzalicious
It’s no secret I am a self-tanning fanatic, and often slick some on at home for an easy DIY application. But for special occasions (and to abide by luggage weight limitations) I seek out an expert’s touch for a skin-boosting glow pre-travel. At Bronzalicious, the experience was completely customized, the technician was supremely skilled, and the result was better than any other tan I’ve ever experienced. A pre-tan questionnaire helps determine the shade and tone right for you, and a super-fine misting applicator ensures the colour is even and perfectly applied. The formula itself is available in a variety of development options for your perfect colour and to best suit your schedule. I got exactly what I asked for, and the 10-day tan faded evenly and naturally. Perfection!

8. LOVEFRESH Coffee Sugar Scrub
Keeping that spray tan fresh and skin healthy means giving it a good head to toe scrub a few times a week. LOVEFRESH’s gorgeously natural and hydrating Coffee Sugar Scrub feels like a dream to buff into skin, and is gentle enough to use daily. Encouraging detoxification, lymphatic drainage and a firm, toned body, I won’t go anywhere without this tub. Bonus: the grapefruit variety smells amazingly fresh and instantly energizes me when I’m feeling jetlagged and need a pick me up.

7. DERMAFLASH Facial Exfoliating Device
My face needs exfoliating of course, too, but lugging around scrubs, AHAs and enzymes isn’t really my favourite way to travel. Instead, I’m newly obsessed with the DERMAFLASH device — it’s non-irritating, defuzzes my face, and leaves my skin silky smooth and luminous. Plus, it’s easy to pack as it’s lightweight, and takes no time to use. With weekly treatments, there’s no time wasted on a 12-step routine, too. Love!

6. Fresh Sugar Lip Perfecting Wand
There’s nothing better than a do-it-all product, alleviating the need to pack plenty. Fresh’s newest miracle lip wand certainly fits the bill, as it gently buffs lips while delivering a generous dose of hydrating, soothing moisture. Plus, its slim, easy to use twist up format is perfectly spill-proof anytime, anywhere.

5. Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips Tin
For a double dose of moisture and a pretty pink tint, swipe on a slick of this adorably retro balm housed in a mess-proof tin. Easy to find in your big travel bag, this beautiful rose-vanilla scented glossy balm feels as great as it looks.

4. Jewellery by Fairfax and Roberts
Providing instant ensemble elevation, a sprinkling of diamonds and jewels allows to you get away with packing simpler, lighter garments. Dress up daytime looks with elegant bangles or tennis bracelets, and deck yourself out come nightfall with a statement-making cocktail ring or dazzling necklace. I’m crazy about the pieces from Fairfax and Roberts, as they range from traditional, sophisticated pieces to incredible, jaw-dropping items that steal the show (and mean you can wear that black silk blouse twice without anyone noticing — all eyes on those fantastically brilliant and sparkling earrings!).

3. Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Oil
I work really, really hard to keep my blonde hair healthy despite a regular dose of bleach (love you, Lily Jackson Hair and Makeup!). This means travelling with a product that allows me to skip the blow dry and maintain a smooth, shiny result. Oribe’s award-winning and cult favoruite Nourishing Hair Oil more than fits the bill, and smells so amazing I want to bathe in it. It’s texture is extremely lightweight and yet manages to deliver a mega boost of moisture to deeply condition and smooth strands. It’s my secret weapon near or far.

2. Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream
My freshly washed hair drinks up this deliciously rich and smoothing cream, allowing it to dry without a lick of frizz or dryness. When my ends look a little less than fresh, a pea-sized amount of this miracle worker means I can extend my trim time until I’ve readily returned home, even if that’s a few months out.

1. R + Co. Death Valley Dry Shampoo
It’s no secret I’ve always relied on dry shampoo for a volume boost and to extend my wash by a day or two; my love of extra-textured hair from a good shot of dry shampoo goes back to my camp counsellor days in southern California when I was still in college. I’ve come a long way since then, and so has my preference in product. These days, I almost exclusively mist on R + Co.’s offering. It’s everything you want and nothing you don’t; non-chalky, super fine and invisible, my hair looks full, fresh and has that perfectly undone look with use.