Expert Tip: Don't Waste Space
Alexi Mintz and Kate Duff, founders of 3floz.com
"We started our website specializing in travel beauty items because no one store or site offered the quality of products we wanted in smaller sizes," says Duff.
"Even if you're not packing for a trip, petite products let people try out an item before buying the full-sized option," adds Mintz. "Plus, with the new surcharges for checking luggageand the fact that people still regularly have their beauty items confiscated at securityembracing the art of packing nothing but towelettes and single-use packs can save you a big headache later."
La Fresh Eco-Beauty Wipes
From hand-sanitizers to makeup removers, these biodegradable wipes are the only ammo you need in your purse-friendly survival kit.
$9.99 for a 20-count trial pack; lafreshgroup.com
Avon Nail Experts Nail Enamel Remover Wipes
Goodbye, cotton balls. Wipe away chipped polish with these acetone-free cloths.
$6.50 for a box of ten; avon.com
Matesse Elite Large Double Applicators
The best way to hygienically apply spot- and concealer treatments when traveling with grimy paws? Disposable eye makeup applicators (just think of the hundreds you've thrown out over the years), like these ones.
$4.99 for 25 applicators; rickysnyc.com
Bioré Deep Cleaning Combo Pack
An inflammation-free way to extract blackheads and pore-clogging grime from your forehead and nose.
$9.79 for a box of 14 peels; drugstore.com
Acuvue 1-Day TruEye Brand Contact Lenses
Packed with eye-beautifying technology (and they're comfortable!), these disposable lenses make eyes appear brighter while blocking more UV rays than any other type of contacts.
Price varies; acuvue.com
Ted Gibson Hair Sheets
Add shine to your locks while eliminating absorbed odors, like smoke, with this wild orchid extract-enriched towelette. Think of it like a souped-up static sheet for your hair.
$14.99 for a box of 10; tedgibsonbeauty.com
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads
These tiny self-tanning towlettes are packed with Vitamin D, soy proteins, and glycolic acid to revive skin while getting a faux glow.
$32 for a box of 20; dgskincare.com
DermaDoctor MEDeTATE Anti-Sweat Wipes
When the mercury and cortisol levels rise, prevent sweaty palms and damp blouses with a quick swipe of one of these heavy-duty antiperspirant wipes.
$48 for a box of 30; dermadoctor.com
Jane Iredale Dot the I Cotton Swabs
Snap the end of one of these swabs and a lavender-infused makeup remover formula saturates the other end, allowing you to precisely tidy up mascara and eyeliner smudges.
$22 for a pack of 50; beauty.com
Expert Tip: Live Large with Your Mini Products
"Because of the recession, people aren't traveling as much, so they're looking to make the most of their vacation by using single-servings of more decadent beauty products," explains Duff.
"An easy way to do this is to pack hair and face masks to use at your hotel," says Mintz. "Save time and do both at onceif you're traveling to new climates your skin and hair will need some extra attention anyway."
Have an At-Home Spa Day
Kérastase Reflection Chroma Riche Travel Collection
Though a little bit pricey, these shrunken hair care items (they're no bigger than your palm) are a luxe way to save color-treated strands from fading and dry temps.
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Gold Ultra Lift for Strengthening Eye Capsules
Pop open one of these power podsceramide is like Muscle Milk® for the skinwhen you want to quell puffiness and diminish fine lines.
$52 for a case of 60 capsules; elizabetharden.com
Use a Luxe At-Home Facial
The Brazilian Peel by Advanced Home Remedies
A foolproof and safe way to get the benefits of a glycolic peel at home (seriously), the ingredients in this one-step system are designed to deactivate after ten minutes, leaving you with a brighter, more even glow.
$78 for a box of four; brazilianpeel.com
Kate Somerville Clinic-to-Go Resurfacing Peel Pads
Celebrities flock to Somerville before big events for her wrinkle, acne, and age spot erasing results. You can unveil your own red carpet glow at home with these gentle resurfacing pads.
$48 for a box of 16; katesomerville.com
Pantene Pro-V Medium-Thick Hair Solutions Professional Level Damage Repair Ampoules
This quickie hair mask (amino polymers do the heavy lifting) is a beach bag must-have for reviving sun-stressed strands.
$7.99 for a box of six ampoules; walgreens.com
Givenchy Light Enhancing Black Mask
For less than $10 an application, this brightening mask is a serious bargainbeauty gurus and celebs alike (Liv Tyler's a fan) love the cell-repairing results.
$81.50 for a box of nine; sephora.com
Expert Tip: Troubleshoot Indiscreetly with Tiny Goods
"When packing for your vacation, anticipate what your beauty needs will benot just your beauty wants," says Mintz. "If you know you'll be out late, makeup remover pads are an easy way to clean your face before passing out. Apply your sunscreen in the easiest way possible, because you'll be focused on other things during the day. Have a game plan if your clothing gets stained with red wine. And good eye products are key for preventing and treating puffy eyes."
Tocca SPF 30+ Towelette Viaggio Pack in Stella
These Italian blood orange-scented sunscreen wipes are sweat-resistant and contain marine silks to soften the skin.
$28 for eight; tocca.com
Do a Pore Peel
Olay Regenerist Eye Derma-Pod Anti-Aging Triple Response System
Erase evidence of last night's escapades by massaging one of these wrinkle- and puffiness-reducing pods around your eyes.
$24.99 for a pack of 24; target.com
The Laundress Signature Pacquette Box
Because stains are last thing you should worry about on vacation, pack a few of these all-purpose laundry detergent packets for emergency garment T.L.C.
$20 for eight packets; thelaundress.com
Crest 3D White 2-Hour Express Whitening Strips
These handy smile-brighteners contain the same amount of hydrogen peroxide as Crest's other whitening strips but are designed to keep the solution on your teeth longer and more efficientlymeaning you only have to use one set of top and bottom strips once every three months.
$53.99 for four treatments; walgreens.com
Veet Ready to Use Wax Strips for Legs and Body
So long, stubble trouble! These portable wax strips are designed to grab even shortest hair.
$9.99 for 40 strips; drugstore.com
Borba PMS Rescue 7-Day Treatment System
Created as a one-shot solution to hormone-stressed skin, this kit can be divvied up into travel-friendly skin boosters for A.M. and P.M., regardless of your...ahem...schedule.