Living / 17 August, 2023 / Ellie Thompson

Jet Set In Style: 14 Must-Pack Travel Cosmetics For Summer Hols

Ad in collaboration with Boots. All opinions and recommendations are our own.

As the summer sun beckons, it’s time to pack your bags and jet off to exciting destinations! But before you set sail on your adventures and pack everything you need for the kids, don’t forget to grab your trusty cosmetic travel essentials to keep you looking and feeling fabulous throughout your sunny escapades.

From sun-kissed bronzers that mimic the glow of golden beaches to waterproof mascaras that won’t smudge during poolside parties, we’ve got the lowdown on the must-have beauty products to enhance your summer holiday look. Get ready to dive into a world of vibrant colours, beachy vibes, and long-lasting formulas from Boots as we unveil the ultimate summer travel cosmetic companions.

Cosmetic travel essentials to pack this summer!

SPF Saviours

Anthelios UVMune 400 Oil Control SPF50+, La Roche-Posay

When it comes to cosmetic travel essentials, there’s one product you shouldn’t leave home without. Yes, you know it. A good SPF. A broad-spectrum sunscreen for the face and body to shield against harmful rays.

Protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays is crucial, whatever you’re up to this summer. We love La Roche-Posay’s facial SPF. It’s a lightweight and invisible formula that shields your skin from UVA and UVB rays and addresses specific concerns like blemishes, sensitivity, and sun intolerance. The addition of the revolutionary UV filter, UVMune 400, makes it a game-changer, providing superior protection against ultra-long UVA rays that can contribute to premature aging.


Original Liquid Mineral Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20, BareMinerals

SPF foundation is your new travel buddy. This multitasking marvel instantly blurs pores and imperfections, providing medium, buildable coverage for a flawless look. Its lightweight, vegan, liquid formula is made with 88% naturally derived ingredients, ensuring you shine with a radiant glow. With added oil control, you can confidently explore all day long, knowing your skin will remain fresh and balanced. Embrace the simplicity and power of this SPF foundation – your ticket to a sun-protected, picture-perfect holiday.

With its sun protection superpowers, it shields your skin from harmful UV rays, allowing you to bask in the sun without worry. But that’s not all – this magical foundation refines skin texture, reduces the appearance of pores and redness, and offers a naturally luminous finish. Say hello to flawless skin and bid adieu to makeup mishaps on your next adventure!


Hair Care Essentials

Frizz-Ease Daily Miracle Leave-In Conditioner, John Frieda

From beach vacations to exploring new destinations, your hair is bound to face some serious challenges. We’re talking sun exposure, saltwater, and chlorine, so you need to be prepared. This multitasking wonder by John Freida is an absolute game-changer and a must-pack cosmetic travel essential for your summer hols.

A trusty leave-in conditioner acts as a protective shield, providing an extra layer of hydration to combat the drying effects of the sun and water. Its lightweight formula makes it perfect for hot and humid climates, so you can tame frizz and keep your locks manageable and smooth. The convenience of a leave-in means no rinsing required, making it a time-saving, no-fuss addition to your travel beauty routine. So, whether you’re lounging by the pool or hiking through tropical landscapes, your hair will thank you for this little bottle of magic, ensuring your summer hols are filled with good hair days all season long!

Hydration Heroes

Thermal Spring Water Spray, Avene

This spring water misting spray provides instant relief from the heat while revitalising your skin. With its soothing properties, it helps combat skin dryness caused by air-conditioning or long flights, leaving your complexion looking radiant and dewy.

It can be used for sunburn, nappy area, peri-ocular dryness, skin tightness, itching caused by dryness, after cleansing, after skincare routine, or to fix make-up, so it’s perfect for the entire family. It’s suitable for all types of sensitive skin, including babies from 6 months old.

Whether you need a quick pick-me-up or a post-sun refresher, this cosmetic travel essential is your ultimate companion, so you can stay cool, refreshed, and glowing throughout your journey.

Waterproof Wonders

Thick and Fast Waterproof Mascara, Soap & Glory

When it comes to defying the elements, Soap & Glory’s new water-resistant and lash-defining mascara reigns supreme. Say goodbye to smudges and raccoon eyes, and embrace a mascara that will stay put during pool days and beach adventures. This beauty gem will keep your lashes perfectly coloured and volumised, rain or shine, so you can get on with your holiday.

Its water, humidity, and sweat-proof formula ensure that your lashes stay on fleek throughout the day. What sets this waterproof mascara apart is its fibre brush, specially designed to improve lash separation and deliver that sought-after fluttery effect. We LOVE this mascara, so pop it in your beauty basket!

Idôle Ultra Precise Waterproof Eyeliner, Lancôme

From bold to ultra-thin lines, this waterproof eyeliner is a game-changer with its unique ultra-slim and flexible felt tip that grants easy access to the lash line and precise application. The ergonomic and idôle pack makes it easy to control, ensuring it’s always fine, easy, and most importantly, waterproof, so you can concentrate on the day’s activities.

With a silky, high-performing formula that’s ultra-comfortable to wear all day, you’ll feel lightweight and chic whether you’re lounging beachside or playing crazy gold with the kids. And you’ll appreciate how easily it comes off when the day is done!

Sun-Kissed Glow

Hoola Mini Bronzer, Benefit

Benefit’s bestselling powder bronzer is the ultimate cosmetic travel accessory for the summer! Instantly warming up your complexion with a classic matte finish, this bronzer is a must-have for achieving that sun-kissed look and enhancing that tan on the go. Its versatile application allows you to sweep it onto your cheeks or all over your face so you can create a natural-looking, bronzed glow that complements any summer adventure. Its compact and travel-friendly packaging ensures you can take it anywhere, making it a perfect addition to your travel beauty bag.

Lip Love

MAC Matte Lipstick, MAC

It’s summer, so FINALLY, we can break out the coral lipsticks! (As if! We wear this shade all year round!) The perfect go-to for summer and instant pick me up, Tropic Tonic, the matte lipstick from MAC, adds a touch of vibrant elegance to your vacation look. Its lively and playful hue will complement your beachy attire and radiant summer glow. The matte finish ensures long-lasting and smudge-proof wear, so it’s ideal for days filled with exploration and adventure. Whether you’re strolling through picturesque streets or lounging by the pool, this versatile lipstick shade enhances your natural beauty while embracing the spirit of the season.

Effortless Eyes

ColorStay Day to Night Eyeshadow Quad, Revlon

This versatile and compact palette is the ultimate travel companion, offering four stunning shades to transition from day to night looks. Its travel-friendly size makes it easy to slip into your bag, saving valuable space in your luggage. With long-lasting, crease-proof formula, you can explore new destinations or hit the beach without worrying about touch-ups. The carefully curated shades ensure you have all the options you need to create endless eye-catching looks while on the go. From subtle and fresh daytime eyes to sultry and smoky night-out looks, this eyeshadow palette has got you covered, making it an absolute must-have for your holiday beauty arsenal!

Multi-Tasking Marvels

Skin Paradise Tinted Glow Cream Moisturiser, Up to 24h hydration, SPF 20, L’Oreal Paris

Multi-tasking travel cosmetics, like tinted moisturisers, are a savvy addition to any globetrotter’s beauty bag. These versatile wonders offer a trifecta of benefits – hydration, sun protection, and sheer coverage – all in one product. Perfect for lightweight, on-the-go makeup during your adventures, tinted moisturizers provide a natural, dewy finish that evens out your skin tone while keeping it nourished. With built-in SPF, they shield your skin from harmful UV rays, which is essential for sunny escapades. Their compact and travel-friendly packaging makes them a breeze to carry, saving precious space in your suitcase.

Skin Food Cream, Weleda

Packed with the power of nature, this multi-tasking hero intensely nourishes dry skin, providing much-needed relief during your adventures. Certified organic plant extracts and essential oils work their magic to protect and soothe your body and face naturally, leaving you feeling revitalised.

With Weleda’s commitment to being 100% certified natural and sustainably and ethically sourced, you can feed your skin with confidence, knowing you’re choosing a product that cares for your skin and the planet. Weleda Skin Food is your go-to solution for intensive nourishment and protection, so you can ensure your skin stays glowing, healthy, and cared for throughout your summer holidays!

Soothing Skincare

Soothe & Moisturise Aftersun With Insect Repellent, Soltan

Soothing skincare is an absolute must for your holidays, especially after spending time in the sun. That’s where Soltan Soothe & Moisturise Aftersun with Insect Repellent comes in. This exceptional product not only soothes and moisturises your skin, helping to prevent peeling and reducing dryness, but it’ll keep insects at bay with its built-in insect repellent. Say goodbye to insect bites and discomfort while enjoying your vacation! Unlike other insect repellents, this aftersun boasts a non-intrusive, pleasant fragrance, ensuring you stay fresh and protected. Embrace the convenience of long-lasting moisturisation and dual-action insect repellent in one product, making it an essential addition to your holiday skincare regime.

Stay Fresh

And last but not least, there are two more travel essentials you’ll want to stash in the beach bag. Facial wipes and travel-sized deodorant for quick refreshment on the go!


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