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    28 TSA-Friendly Beauty Products For Your Next Trip

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    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. Thayers Witch Hazel, the holy grail toner praised by thousands for helping reduce redness, inflammation, and fight acne now in a mini version β€” and the best part is, it's easily refillable.

    Promising review: "I love this toner. The travel size is great (be careful to put it in its own ziplock), and you can always refill it with your big one (because you need to have this toner in all its forms)." β€”AKRiv

    Get it from Amazon for $5.64 (cruelty-free).

    Check out our full review of Thayer's Witch Hazel Toner.

    2. Karma Nail Polish Remover Wipes, individually wrapped non-toxic wipes designed to thoroughly get rid of even the darkest colors.


    Promising review: "Wow, the product is awesome! I love them! I love them just as much as this brand's nail polish. Unlike regular toxic nail polish removers that contain toluene and formaldehyde, these pads are void of the chemicals that can wreak havoc on your nails and cuticles and more importantly, your health. They are neatly and individually wrapped making them so convenient when traveling. The soybean oil moisturizes the nail and cuticle, they are also pleasantly lavender scented, and they remove all the nail polish beautifully." β€”Julia

    Get a box of 10 from Amazon for $9.99 (cruelty-free and vegan).

    3. Pocket Palette, a travel-friendly totally portable kit with everything you need to do your makeup on the go! It includes mascara, BB cream, and blush/lip tint that'll have you looking fly without having to carry your entire makeup bag around.,

    Promising review: "I traveled internationally recently and knew I’d want to touch-up my makeup at some point during the 14-hour+ flight but I didn’t want to lug my makeup bag around in my carry-on. So I packed one of these in my purse instead and easily went through airport security with it, no prob. I was then able to apply my makeup easily and hassle-free in the airplane bathroom, so I arrived at my destination looking refreshed and ready to explore! Highly recommend this product for all travelers!" β€”Amanda Garcia

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $11.99 (cruelty-free).

    4. Gillette Venus Snap On-the-Go Razor, a portable five-blade razor that works with all the same refills you probably already have.


    Promising review: "Such a good buy. I travel about once a month and consider this one of my travel necessities. It is so nice to have a travel razor that uses the same blades as my normal razor. The little case is perfect for keeping it covered and sanitary (it has holes in it to keep moisture out)." β€”JS

    Get it from Amazon for $7.29 (comes with one refill).

    5. Supergoop! Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist, formulated with vitamin C and SPF 50 – it now comes in at 3 oz. bottle, just enough to get you through security and a day in the sun.

    Promising review: "Best travel-friendly sunscreen ever!! I used this sunscreen while on an island vacation. We went snorkeling for most of the day (almost five hours of swimming) on a boat trip and my husband and I didn’t get sunburned at all! This stuff is great and will continue to buy whenever I run out." β€”can14kitty

    Get it from Sephora for $13 (cruelty-free).

    6. Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel, the soothing remedy you're gonna need when you accidentally forget to reapply the above-mentioned sunblock.


    Promising review: "Love having these small bottles that fit in my TSA cosmetic bag." β€”CrdBarn

    Get a pack of four bottles from Amazon for $7.08.

    7. Cetaphil Baby Mommy and Me Travel Kit, an all-in-one set filled with all the calming, softening, and super gentle products your skin needs β€” and yes, technically it's for babies but who doesn't want baby soft skin?


    Set includes diaper cream, daily lotion, baby wash and shampoo, baby moisturizing oil, moisturizing lotion, soft washcloth, and reusable travel bag.

    Promising review: "Good selection of products for a travel kit and the clear bag helps when going through airport security. Bottles are refillable if you have the larger sized products at home. The pack also works as a gift set for a new mother and is a good sample of Cetaphil baby products." β€”I. Andrei

    Get the seven piece set from Amazon for $11.99 (cruelty-free).

    8. Moroccanoil Treatment, a vitamin- and argan oil–infused solution designed to leave your hair soft, smooth, frizz-free, and very shiny β€” even when you're on the go.

    Promising review: "I really liked the results. No frizz and it also protects against heat damage. It made my hair soft, shiny, smooth. I use just a few drops on my below shoulder-length hair when it's damp and before styling products. I live in Florida where the humidity is atrocious and I had absolutely no frizz whatsoever, even when it rained!! I color my hair and also heat style several times a week and this miraculous stuff gave my hair a very healthy look and feel. The fragrance dissipates quickly but the effects are long-lasting. I'm stashing my tiny MO bottle in my travel case because it's the perfect size for traveling and I won't have to worry about the TSA confiscating my cosmetic items, lol! All in all, I'm glad I finally tried this product. It works every bit as well as others have reported." β€”DLS Jones

    Get it from Amazon for $15 (cruelty-free).

    9. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, for buildable volume and serious texture β€” it acts as a dry shampoo and a texturizing spray that lasts for days, so you can spend your vacation, vacationing and not doing your hair.

    Promising review: "Love this stuff! Now my hair can do just about anything. This travel size is perfect for short trips. A must-have." β€”Marlene BCBA

    Get it from Amazon for $22 (cruelty-free).

    10. La Fresh Travel Lite Antiperspirant Wipes, individually wrapped and freshly scented antiperspirant wipes designed to not leave that dreaded white deodorant residue, be super carry-on friendly, and, of course, make it so you don't stink up the place.


    Promising review: "I'm all about traveling as light as possible, but I wondered about the effectiveness of an antiperspirant 'wipe', especially since I'm pretty sure I could sweat right through a coating of drywall spackle. Not only do these take up less space than even a travel-size deodorant/antiperspirant stick, but they also seem to work just as well at keeping me from 'pitting' through my dress shirts. Pretty amazing. I think these are a good deal given that they end up being about 40 cents per application. Will be buying more when these run out." β€”Rick

    Get a box of 50 from Amazon for $19.99 (cruelty-free).

    11. Caudalie Paris Beauty Elixir Eau De Beaute, a refreshing and rejuvenating little concoction formulated to help tighten pores, set makeup, and just give you a burst of radiance after that long-ass plane ride.

    Promising review: "I started using this product several years ago when I read an article by an editor at Travel and Leisure, who said it was her 'never leave home without it' travel essential. A quick spray on my face refreshes me after a long travel day...or just whenever I need to feel revived!" β€”Paradise Coast Elaine

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    12. Design Essentials Almond & Avocado Natural Curl Enhancing Mousse helps define your curls without leaving them crunchy β€” and it's now available in a travel size perfect for sneaking it through security or just testing it out for the first time.,

    Promising review: "I normally don't leave reviews, but this product warrants a review. I have a lot of thin, curly hair that gets kinky in humid weather. I have been using Design Essentials for two weeks and it is now the only product I will ever use again. It keeps the curl into day two, is super soft (no more crunchy curls), and smells amazing." β€”S. Wills

    Get it from Amazon for $4.87.

    13. Glamglow Supermud Activated Charcoal Treatment, designed with six exfoliating acids and activated charcoal – it now comes in an adorable mini size so you can instantly clear your pores and clarify your complexion, no fancy hotel spa required.


    Promising review: "Loved this mask! Have used it twice already and love how smoothed and refreshed my face feels after. During use I can tell that the mask is clearing my pores β€” it's amazing! It has a nice smell and is not difficult to remove." β€”ehark09

    Get it from Sephora for $25.

    14. Hanalei Powder Face Cleanser, a water-activated papaya enzyme and grapefruit seed oil cleanser travel set designed to naturally brighten and clarify your complexion, while gently exfoliating your dull skin.


    Promising review: "I regret not purchasing this sooner! My red marks have diminished, there haven't been any acne flare-ups and my skin is so much smoother. I've used TATCHA, which is also good but when using Hanalei I've noticed that my skin isn't as tight. So in a way, Hanalei seems to work better than the higher-end products for me. So much more reasonably priced than TATCHA too. I will definitely purchase again." β€”wanda

    Get a set of 14 from Amazon for $15 (cruelty-free, available in papaya and charcoal).

    15. A Clinque's Facial Soap Bar that comes with a handy little travel dish which makes it totally easy to bring your favorite sensitive skin cleanser with you on the go.


    Promising review: "These are wonderful. I use the bigger soaps and I take the smaller containers with me when we go on trips. I just keep them on hand at home. They are tiny enough that they take up hardly any room in the makeup part of my suitcase." β€”Niki

    Get three bars and the travel case from Nordstrom for $18.50.

    16. Tan Towels, self-tanner moistened towelettes with enough solution to get up to half of your body golden.

    Promising review: "Color is good β€” believable. Easy to apply. One cloth does hands, arms, neck and chest, and feet and legs from your knees to your toes. Two cloths can easily do your whole body. Quickly wash your hands with soap to avoid the telltale brown palms β€” or use a glove! I take these when traveling β€” TSA doesn’t count them as liquids so easy to toss in a carryon." β€”DeborahDarling

    Get a box of 10 from Amazon for $24 (cruelty-free).

    17. DryBar's Detox Dry Shampoo – a must to have for when you're traveling (even if that travel is just from your apartment to work). It's super absorbent and stops your hair from greasing up, plus it smells just like you got a blowout!

    Promising review: "Love the scent, love the product! It is a bit strong, but I don’t mind. It cleans my hair without feeling chalky or cakey." β€”julie08

    Get it from Sephora for $13 (also available for brunettes from Ulta, cruelty-free).

    18. Drunk Elephant NightBright Resurfacing Duo – it comes with their amazing T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum and Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil to help fight dullness, uneven texture and skin tone, and fine lines and wrinkles.


    Promising review: "For one, this is a great thing to have for travel and it's not absurdly expensive given the price of the full-size. Two, it's a great way to be able to test the products. I wrote customer service to make sure I could use this with the retinoid I have (you can, just not on the SAME night β€” every other), and it's been amazing. The retinoid, no matter how carefully I use it, I just can't do every night β€” my skin gets super flaky. Using this every other night is great! I'm still keeping things maintained without overdoing it. When I first got this I wasn't interested in the marula oil, but I gave it a shot and actually quite nice. I do like it a bit more for my face than the argan oil I have β€” it seems to sink in a bit more easily. It's just a bit tingly, which I like, so I know it's actually doing something but still quite gentle. Yippee :)" β€”lys008

    Get the two-piece set from Sephora for $28 (cruelty-free).

    19. A Tarte Lash Money Mini Mascara Set with all your favorite mascaras in adorable mini sizes that are great for taking on the go β€” but they're also smaller, so you can use them up before they dry out.


    Set includes Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara in black, Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara in black, Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara in black, and Opening Act Lash Primer in white.

    Promising review: "This product is really great. I especially love the Smart Mascara. It is not clumpy at all and super easy to apply β€” just two to four swipes for each lash and it looks great! If you are looking for some good mini-mascaras, these are the ones for you. They are super easy to throw into a backpack, purse, or just to have on hand." β€”123EmilyG

    Get the set of four from Sephora for $25 (cruelty-free).

    20. DevaCurl's Super Curl On the Go Kit to give you TSA-friendly versions of every product you need to keep your curly locks flowing while you're on holiday.


    Kit includes travel size bottles of No-Poo Decadence Zero Lather Ultra Moisturizing Milk Cleanser, One Condition Decadence Ultra Moisturizing Milk Conditioner, SuperCream Coconut Curler Styler, and Ultra Defining Gel Strong Hold No-Crunch Styler.

    Get the set of four from Nordstrom for $30 (cruelty-free).

    21. Dermalogica has mini versions of their amazing Prisma Protect SPF 30, Daily Microfoliant Exfoliator, and Special Cleansing Gel so you can keep your face feeling so fresh, clean, and protected everywhere you go.

    Promising review (for cleansing gel): "Perfect travel size or trial moisturizer. It’s super foamy and removes all my makeup. I’ve been using this cleanser forever! I’m so glad Sephora finally carries it and I love that it comes in a mini." β€”smileyhair

    Get the mini version of the Prisma Protect SPF 30 for $19 from Dermalogica and the Daily Microfoliant Exfoliator Mini for $13 and the Special Cleansing Gel for $12 from Sephora (cruelty-free).

    22. Sunday Riley C.E.O. Vitamin C Set – the perfect kit for anyone who needs to deal with dryness, dehydration, and hyperpigmentation (just in general or when they're on the go).

    Set includes C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum, C.E.O. Protect + Repair Moisturizer, and C.E.O. C + E Micro-Dissolve Cleansing Oil.

    Promising review: "LOVE the C.E.O line from Sunday Riley. I first received a trial size tube of the serum with another order and fell in love with it immediately. It makes my skin feel young and glowy and there is a bounce that wasn't there before after just one week! I have always had oily/combination skin prone to breakouts, even at 39 years old, so I was wary of the cleansing oil, but it works great and does not clog my pores. Using all three together gives me a nice youthful glow and evens my skin tone. I feel confident leaving the house without makeup thanks to these great products!" β€”SBinSunValley

    Get the three-piece set from Nordstrom for $60 (cruelty-free).

    23. A Malin + Goetz Essential Kit with all the brand's best-selling products in portable travel sizes that'll have your hair and skincare totally covered β€” just take this and you're done.

    Set includes their Grapefruit Face Cleanser, Vitamin E Face Moisturizer, Bergamot Body Wash, Vitamin B5 Body Moisturizer, Peppermint Shampoo, andCilantro Conditioner.

    Promising review: "Love this brand and bought this set for when I was traveling for a few nights away. This set has everything you need β€” shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body moisturizer, face wash, and face moisturizer! I loved all of the products in this set. They're so good, highly recommend. Also, a good way to try out before buying full-size products." β€”Stephanie1

    Get the six-piece set from Nordstrom for $32 (cruelty-free).

    24. La Fresh Makeup Remover Cleansing Travel Wipes that are individually wrapped and perfect for getting rid of every last ounce of makeup β€” even the heaviest of waterproof makeup!


    Promising review: "I like these too much for my busy lifestyle. As someone who travels frequently for work, these are a lifesaver. They're also great for throwing in my gym bag. No TSA problems, no skin problems, just a guilt that's driven by the micromanagement of my recycling habits. Maybe one day I'll swear off them, but for now, I'm limiting my use of them for on-the-go purposes only." β€”Liz

    Get a box of 50 from Amazon for $12.95 (cruelty-free).

    25. Lime Crime's Coming Up Roses Unicorn Hair Try Me Kit to give you testing samples of just some of the bold colors they offer, but also double as an I have nothing to do in my hotel room and decided to give myself some rosy highlights.


    This kit includes packets of Bunny (pastel baby pink), Bubblegum Rose (warm rose pink), Valentine (crimson red), Strawberry Jam (muted pink-red), and Shook (Victorian rose tint). Each packet has enough hair dye for one strand test and work best with prebleached platinum to medium blonde hair but add a tint of color to dark blonde and light brown hair too.

    Get the pack of five from Nordstrom for $16 (cruelty-free and vegan).

    26. A Herbivore Botanicals Mini Facial Oil Trio with all the essentials to hydrate and refresh your skin, because chances are your Airbnb doesn't have a spa.

    Set includes travel size versions of their Lapis Facial Oil, Phoenix Facial Oil, and Orchid Facial Oil β€” all in glass bottles with droppers.

    Promising review: "All three of these oils feel amazing on the skin and seriously hydrate. Each of them has a unique feel and scent, and I like mixing them together to create different combinations. The small sizes are nice to sample if you've never used Herbivore products before and are great for traveling. Will likely buy each of these in the full size. Love them!" β€”Callie

    Get the three piece set from Amazon for $29 (cruelty-free and vegan).

    27. Le Labo Rose 31 – a delicate mix of rose absolute, cedar, and amber that just smells plain fantastic...and now it comes in refillable travel bottles so you can always have your favorite scent.


    Get the three piece set from Nordstrom for $162 (cruelty-free and vegan).

    28. Dr. Barbara Sturm's Serum Discovery Set – an investment-worthy solution for anyone who takes their skincare VERY seriously. It's perfect for traveling or just discovering her line, which is quickly becoming the go-to for people looking to calm stressed skin, even skin tone, and get a perfect glow.


    Set includes mini versions of her Super Anti-Aging Serum, Hyaluronic Serum, Calming Serum, and Brightening Serum.

    Get the four piece set from Nordstrom for $325 (cruelty-free).

    Getting through security with your beauty routine intact is gonna be a total breeze.

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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