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5 Road Trip Must Haves For Ladies Who Want To Look And Feel Fresher

Tired of feeling and looking like crap on a road trip? Discover 5 essential beauty products for road trips that will keep you feeling fresh and radiant throughout your journey.

By Annie André ⦿ updated January 10, 2024  
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Whether you’re taking a short day trip or a long weekend getaway from Paris, staying fresh and looking good on a long road trip can get a little tricky since you can’t bring all your beauty products with you and usually don’t have access to running water.

The result is you often end up feeling and looking like crap before you even arrive at your final destination. Whether you use these together or individually, these five products are your saving grace- guaranteed to help you feel fresher and look less haggard from start to finish.

Here are five beauty products every woman, mother, sister, girlfriend or conscientious guy should consider packing on a road trip because nobody wants to feel or look like crap.

1- Wet wipes: For on-the-go cleaning and instant de-stinkification

Everyone gets a little funky smelling on a road trip. Unfortunately, showers and running water are not always readily available, which is why you should ALWAYS pack some type of wet wipes in your bag.

I’m not talking about regular old baby wipes. They were engineered for babies, make you smell like babies, and usually leave a weird residue on your skin (no thanks).

Instead, pack different types of wipes for different situations. (Yes, there is a difference  not only in texture but smell, strength, ingredients, and packaging.)

Multi-purpose wet wipes

Multi-purpose, flushable wet wipes are perfect for anyone travelling in a group or with kids because they can do double duty as toilet paper and a face cleaner to freshening up your pits and private parts.

Face wipes

For you ladies who like to take care of your face but can’t go through your entire facial routine during your travels, Neutrogena makeup remover cleansing towelettes are the answer to your prayers.

Sometimes called facial wipes, makeup wipes or cleansing towelettes, they usually contain special ingredients that clean, remove makeup, moisturize and, in some cases, can even lightly exfoliate, like Olay Regenerist-micro-exfoliating wet cleansing cloths. For more sensitive skin, try Burts bees facial cleansing towelette, which comes in different scents like grapefruit and white tea, to name a few.

Individually packaged Shower Wipes (For down there)

When you pack shower wipes, you never have to go without a shower and never have to put up with a car full of stinky people again. Shower wipes are slightly larger and stronger and usually come individually wrapped like condom packages, so they never dry out. Just throw one package in your purse, pocket or everyone’s bag and voila, no more cars full of stinky people. Check out Good wipes and Dude wipes.

2- Three facial sprays to hydrate your face on-the-go

You don’t have to endure that icky, dehydrated, less-than-fresh face feeling when travelling if you carry a facial spray with you.

Simply spray your favourite face spray and apply your favourite face cream on your damp face to lock in moisture. Then spray intermittently throughout the day when you need a boost.  It gives you a dewy fresh face look and feel.

Depending on your needs, you can find different face sprays with different ingredients that have different effects. Here are three of my favourite face sprays from the cheapest to most expensive.

Old-school face spray

Evian Facial Spray, 1.7 oz. Travel Duo
$17.00 ($8.50 / Count)
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The most basic face spray is Evian mineral spray water which is PH balanced to match your skin’s PH levels. “Skin with a balanced pH appears healthier, looks plumper and has a healthy glow, and slows signs of ageing.”  It comes in an aerosol spray that can similar to hairspray, but the mist is super fine. You just cannot get that same effect with a DIY spray bottle. I tried. For convenience, pick up two travel-sized TSA-approved 1.7-ounce bottles of Evian.

Multi-tasking facial spray with benefits

Although I do love my Evian mineral facial spray for certain situations, it’s kind of old school and generic compared to some of the newer multitasking facial sprays like Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe Herbs And Rosewater which is infused with rosewater, aloe and different herbs. Carrying this around eliminates the need to carry multiple products. You can even use it in your hair when it’s feeling dry and frizzy. Plus, It’s gentle, and non-irritating for all skin types.

Here are ten benefits and uses of rosewater

  1. Rosewater helps to maintain your skin’s pH balance. (this is important)
  2. It helps fight acne, dermatitis, and eczema.
  3. Use rose water to soften dry skin.
  4. Use rose water to prevent or reduce eye puffiness.
  5. It also helps to heal scars, cuts and wounds.
  6. Rosewater cools the skin.
  7. It helps to tone the skin. It also has antibacterial properties.
  8. Rosewater can also work as a natural makeup remover.
  9. The nourishing and moisturizing properties of rose water enhance the quality of hair.
  10. Set your makeup. Just spray sparingly over your makeup to set your makeup and give yourself that dewy finish.

High-end facial spray Caudalie Beauty Elixer

CAUDALIE Beauty Elixir image attachment (large)For all you ladies who like higher-end things, the French brand Caudalié has a facial spray called “Eau de Beauté.” In English-speaking countries, it’s called “Beauty Elixer.”

Supposedly inspired by the elixir of youth used by Queen Isabelle of Hungary, this beauty elixir smoothes your features, tightens pores and gives your complexion a burst of radiance. Use this not only for your road trips but in your daily routine under and over makeup to moisturize and then set your makeup.

Men can even use it as an aftershave. It contains essential grape oils, mint and rosemary oils and more. Plus, this smells amazing and leaves you feeling amazing. Pick some up at Sephora and put some in your Amazon shopping basket.

3- No more greasy travel hair: Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is my saving grace for when I can’t wash my hair because it helps combat greasy, flat hair syndrome while travelling. If you’re not familiar with dry shampoo, let me explain.

Dry shampoo cleans, freshens and gets rid of that greasy unwashed hair look without the need for water. Once you spray this magic stuff on your hair and scalp, just rub and let the magic begin. Excess oil is absorbed, restoring your hair to that soft, light hair feeling you get when you wash your hair.

The only issue is these bottles are not TSA-approved and might explode, so if you want something to take on a plane, then try Aveda New Shampure Dry. It’s not a spray.

Aveda New Shampure Dry Shampoo Refill, 2.0 Ounce
$99.99 ($50.00 / Ounce)
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4- Eliminate that foul, sticky breath on-the-go

You could eat a mint or chew some gum to try and get rid of the inevitable foul sticky breath syndrome that almost always occurs during road-trips but for those who want to take it to the next level or don’t like chewing gum (like me), try Mint strips. These things are potent. No chewing, no sucking on mints involved.

You simply pull a strip out from its box and place it on your tongue and let it melt and do its magic. Probably similar to how you would take acid? You can feel all the bacteria melting away.

5- Multi-purpose makeup

A multi-purpose makeup product for your eyes, lips and cheeks is a travelling girl’s best friend. Sometimes I just use lipstick for both my cheeks and lips but find it can be greasy so now I like RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek.

It’s versatile, easy to apply, and blends beautifully. Plus, it takes up practically no space in your bag.  A single pigment, dabbed on various parts of your face, works wonders and adds back that radiant glow that you lose while travelling.

So there you have it, five things every woman should pack on her next road trip. But don’t limit this list of luscious lady products to just road trips. Take them on all your adventures by plane or train and incorporate them into your daily life for those days when you’re on the go around town.

RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek - Modest, 0.17 Ounce
$36.00 ($211.76 / Ounce)
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Road Trip Car Sharing

Speaking of road trips, If you’re interested in saving some money, I just discovered a great site called Turo.com. Turo is a peer-to-peer car-sharing site which allows private car owners to rent out their vehicles via an online interface. I have not tried it yet, but it looks promising.

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Annie André

Annie André

About the author

I'm Annie André, a bilingual North American with Thai and French Canadian roots. I've lived in France since 2011. When I'm not eating cheese, drinking wine or hanging out with my husband and children, I write articles on my personal blog annieandre.com for intellectually curious people interested in all things France: Life in France, travel to France, French culture, French language, travel and more.

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