On the road again鈥 can鈥檛 you just hear Willie Nelson belting it out? Okay, maybe that鈥檚 just me, because I鈥檓 a California girl who always goes home to Texas for the holidays, but we can all relate to holiday travel and everything that goes along with it. From playlists to packing strategies, there are some travel must-haves that make your journey easier and more enjoyable (neck pillow + eye mask, anyone?). The same goes for travel beauty must-haves. You want to stay fresh for your voyage home, without packing too much (you do want to savor that extra inch of leg room). More importantly, it鈥檚 just not necessary to carry on your entire beauty arsenal.

We broke down your holiday travel beauty plan to just the essentials. Here are five products to stash in your carry-on, along with five products that should be left in your checked bags.



1. Evian Facial Spray ($15, pack of two): Spritz this on during your flight (or in the car) to inject some moisture back into your parched skin. It鈥檒l wake up your skin while leaving you feeling super refreshed.


2. Smith鈥檚 Rosebud Salve ($6): An everything-balm is a total lifesaver when you鈥檙e traveling. You can use it anywhere you need a little extra moisture and shine. It also works really well to tame flyaways and unruly brows. A definite must-have.


3. Shiseido Eyelash Curler ($19): Pro tip: Hold off on putting on mascara until you鈥檝e landed. Instead, if you have a quick, steady hand, open up your eyes with this seriously legit eyelash curler. You鈥檒l look more awake without having to deal with mascara smears on the go.


4. Stila Convertible Color Dual Lip and Cheek Cream ($25): Give your cheeks and lips some healthy color mid-flight with this creamy, multi-purpose product. It鈥檚 pretty hard to mess up, which is perfect for unexpected turbulence ;)


5. Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara ($8): Brows are crucial, you guys. Quickly and easily define them with this sculpting gel that will give them color and shape. Bonus: This product is so tiny it won鈥檛 take up a ton of space in your makeup bag.



1. Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation ($28): Foundation can get messy if you鈥檙e putting it on while you鈥檙e traveling, so save it for when you鈥檝e reached your destination. Trust.


2. Benefit Roller Lash Curling + Lifting Mascara ($24): Keep the mascara in your checked bag 鈥 there鈥檚 no need for it in-flight (plus, it鈥檚 dangerous to apply mascara mid-air 鈥 hello eye pokes). If you鈥檙e going to be sleeping on the flight and have mascara on, you might wake up with raccoon eyes and that gross, gunky feeling. Swipe some on after you land!


3. Tr猫StiQue Perfect Multipurpose Highlight Stick ($34): Instantly wake up your skin when you land with a highlighter. Add some glow to your nose, brow bones and cheekbones. You鈥檒l look instantly refreshed even if you鈥檙e feeling sluggish.


4. Lily Lolo Natural Eye Pencil ($11): Please, please, please don鈥檛 apply eyeliner while you鈥檙e in the car or on a plane. You will inevitably poke yourself in the eye, have an uneven application and be unhappy with the final result. Define your eyes after your traveling is complete.


5. Anastasia Beverly Hills The Original Contour Kit ($40): Contouring is great and all, but it鈥檚 definitely not needed when you鈥檙e traveling. Save that ish for when you鈥檙e gearing up for a night on the town or a holiday dinner 鈥 not for the airport or a toll road.

What are your travel must-haves? Share your thoughts in the comments below.