Beauty Travel Essentials for a Summer Escape


Whether you’re headed to a luxurious Airbnb in Montauk for a weekend getaway or you’ve booked the cutest bed-and-breakfast for a week on Nantucket, you’re going to want to double-check your packing list and stock up on these beauty essentials. I’ve created the ultimate collection of beauty essentials for a summer escape, to make you feel like a million bucks no matter where you’re headed or what’s on your itinerary.

Long days in the sun require you to rotate in a few different products into your repertoire, which is why I’ve curated this list of products that are just as luxurious as they are effective. Without further ado, here are my beauty travel essentials for a summer escape…


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luxurious summer perfume // sandy polish // cooling gel stick // scented shimmer powder // moisturizing body balm // hydrating gel moisturizer // lip balm // bronzing and illuminating stick // air-dry hair styler // texturizing spray // after-sun moisturizer // water gel moisturizer // bronzing serum

While you’re getting ready for your day, start with an SPF (organic, of course), a light facial moisturizer, and a few spritzes of a luxurious summery perfume. For hair and makeup, keep it simple: let your hair air-dry into natural waves with the help of some styling cream and use a two-in-one bronzer and illuminating stick that allows you to swipe and go for an instant glow. Have time for one extra step? Sweep on a little shimmer powder to enhance your bronzy skin — this one has a beachy scent that’ll make you fit right in with the seaside atmosphere.

Post-sun is all about replenishing and rehydrating. Cool off with a water-based gel stick that instantly hydrates and energizes your skin, and follow it up with a thicker moisturizer. Add a thin layer of bronzing serum and mascara for a finishing touch. Enhance your sea-salt soaked locks with a texturizing spray that will keep you looking bronzed and beachy. To keep your newly sun-kissed skin moisturized (and keep you from peeling!), coat your body in an after-sun lotion, and slick on a layer of thick lip balm to replenish them, too.

FreebieWant a printable packing list to help you stay organized and prepare for your summer escape? You can get the free downloadable/printable here (the link is at the bottom of the post).

Do you have any plans for a summer escape?



  1. These are the perfect Summer travel essentials! I am always looking for new products to try and I’m loving your picks! I’m obsessed with anything BB so you’re speaking my language! XO

    Anna || A Lily Love Affair

    • Courtney — thank you so much for reading! The stila palettes would be a perfect option!! Thanks again 🙂 xx

    • Thank you, Melissa! That whole line from Tarte is amazing — they create some of the most unique products! Thanks so much for reading! xx

  2. This is such a great selection of products! I also love the aesthetic of how you put it all together. Will be trying a few of these for sure!

    • Thank you, Rachel! And yes — that bareMinerals serum is such a staple for summer! Let me know if you try it 🙂 xx

  3. This is such a great list for summer travels! I love the products and moisturizers you included, that is such an important part of healthy skin. I am definitely going to try the after-sun moisturizer you listed! Thanks,

    • Thanks so much, Ansleigh! You’ll have to let me know how you like the after-sun lotion 🙂 Thank you for reading!! xx

  4. These products looks wonderful! I’m really intrigued by Tarte’s new Rainforest of the Sea line. I wish I had a summer escape planned, but I think all of my escapes are scheduled in fall and winter.

    • Hi Emily! I have been loving Tarte’s new line! They always come out with the coolest products using natural ingredients — I love it! Where are you headed this fall and winter? xx

    • Thanks so much! And yes, I totally agree — I am a stickler for skincare, especially in the summertime! Thank you for reading! xx

  5. I’m surprising my boyfriend with a roadtrip at the end of the month! I’m always trying to narrow done just what beauty products are best for summer travel. I hadn’t heard of some of these! I’d love to try that texturizing serum!


    • That sounds so exciting! Where are you guys headed? Let me know how you like it if you do end up trying it! Thanks for reading, Cristina!! xx

    • Alex — me too! I’m obsessed with anything Bobbi Brown! I would love to know how Santa Barbara is after you go — I’ve never been there!! Thanks for reading 🙂 xx

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