5 Must Have Road Trip Beauty Products You Didn't Know You Needed

5 Must have Road trip beauty products

Here are 5 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.

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. Used together or individually, these 5 products are your saving grace- guaranteed to help you feel fresher and look less haggard from start to finish.

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

Everyone get’s 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 wet wipes in your bag.

wet wipes just for dudesI’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.)

I recommend multi-purpose, flushable wet wipes for those general cleanups, face towelettes to clean your makeup and don’t forget to bring some individually wrapped shower wipes for on the go showering which can be a life saver for your private parts.

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. Try Cottonelle flushable travel wipes .

Face wipes

For you ladies who like take care of their 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


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, stronger, and usually come individually wrapped like condom packages so they never dry out. Just throw one package in your purse, pocket or in everyone’s bag and voila, no more car full of stinky people. Check out Good wipes and Dude wipes.

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

evian-sprayYou 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 which have different effects. Here are three of my favourite face sprays from cheapest to most expensive.


Old school face spray

The most basic face spray is Evian mineral spray water which is PH balanced to match your skins PH levels. “Skin with a balanced pH appears healthier, looks plumper, has a healthy glow, and slows signs of aging”.  It comes in an aerosol spray can similar to hairspray but the mist is super fine. You just cannot get that same effect by a DIY spray bottle. I tried. For convenience, pick up two travel sized TSA-approved 1.7 ounce bottle of Evian from Sephora or buy six 1.7 ounce bottles of Evian facial spray for about $37.00 on Amazon.

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 multi-tasking 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 carrying multiple products. You can even use it in your hair when it’s feeling dry and frizzy. Plus It’s gentle, non-irritating  for all skin types.

Here are 10 benefits and uses of rosewater

  1. Rosewater helps to maintain your skin’s pH balance. (this is important)
  2. It helps fight acne, dermatitis, 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. Rose water cools the skin.
  7. It helps to tone the skin. It also has anti-bacterial properties.
  8. Rose water 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

For all you ladies who like higher end things, the French brand Caudalié has a facial spray called “Eau de Beauté” here in France. In English speaking countries, it’s called “Beauty elixer”. Supposedly inspired by the elixir of youth used by Queen Isabelle of Hungary, this beauty elixer 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 make up to moisturize 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 your feeling amazing. Pick some up at Sephora and get FREE 2-Day Shipping on All Your Orders! Or put some in your Amazon shopping basket.

3- No more greasy travel hair: Dry Shampoo

dry shampoo to keep you hair fresh on road trips

Dry shampoo is the perfect tool to help combat greasy, flat hair syndrome while travelling. If you are not familiar with dry shampoo let me explain. A dry shampoo, cleans, freshens and get’s 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 back to that soft light hair feeling you get when you wash your hair. If you like the Sephora brand, then try  Sephora Express dry shampoo ($9). Want to find an inexpensive drugstore brand than try Got2b Rockin’ It Encore Fresh Dry Shampoo ($9) or Dove Dry Shampoo, Invigorating ($5). The only issue is these bottles are not TSA approved and explode so if you want something to take on a plane then try Got2b Powder’ful Volumizing Styling Powder($9). It’s not a spray.

4- Eliminate that foul, sticky breath on-the-go

breath strips - a road trip essentialYou 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 it’s box and place it on your tongue and let it melt and do it’s magic. Probably similar to how you would take acid? You can literally feel all the bacteria melting away.

5- Multi-purpose makeup

Multi tasking makeup
A multi-purpose makeup product for your eyes, lips and cheeks is a travelling girls best friend. Sometimes I just use lipstick for both my cheeks and lips but find it can be greasy so now I use RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek,  It’s versatile, easy to apply an blends beautifully. Plus, it takes up practically no space in your bag.  A sigle 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 your on the go around town.

Road Trip Car Sharing

Speaking of road trip, 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 promissing.

About the Author

Annie André Is a half Thai, half French Canadian/American freelance writer, digital marketer and FOUNDER OF THE LIVE IN FRANCE GUIDE which features travel tips, food, festivals, photography and more from France. Annie currently lives in France with her husband and three children.

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