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How to Pack Light for Summer Vacation Without Compromising Your Look

How to Pack Light for Summer Vacation Without Compromising Your Look

Summer is all about beach vacations and impromptu road trips. While we love hitting the open road or catching a flight for a dream summer vacation, trying to squeeze all of your beauty essentials into one tiny suitcase can be a real hassle. We're the first to admit that we've sometimes sacrificed shoes and clothes to make way for our beauty must-haves.

Thankfully, you can stay glam without having to sacrifice too much suitcase real estate. Here's how to pack light for that summer vacation without compromising your look.


Just because we're on vacation doesn't mean that we want to sacrifice our skincare regimen. Although we might not be able to pack every product that we use in our day and night routines, we can still pack some essentials that will keep our skin healthy and glowing.

Summer vacation skincare should have an emphasis on protection and hydration. It's crucial that you stay protected from the sun; not only can a sunburn ruin your trip, but unprotected sun exposure is the easiest way to develop nasty wrinkles and fine lines. This is why we're obsessed with the Sun Bum SPF 30 Baby Bum Premium Natural Stick. It's a compact, stick-formula sunscreen that works for both the face and body. Not only does it take up exactly zero space in our suitcases, but it's not a liquid, so it's TSA-approved for carry-on luggage.

When it comes to actual skincare, we love ditching cleansers and instead relying on our trusty, holy grail-status Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Wipes. Not only do they remove all traces of makeup and leave our skin squeaky clean, but they're also incredibly hydrating. For moisture, grab a tube of the Avene Skin Recovery Cream. This moisturizer is light enough for daytime but hydrating enough for night, and its compact size makes it perfect for travel.


Look, when it comes to summer vacation hair, it's time to ditch the Velcro rollers and two-hour routine. No one wants to be the high maintenance girl in the group who's holding everyone else up! Besides, summer vacation is the perfect time to give your hair a bit of a break from heat styling and instead rock some natural, beach-inspired waves.

When it comes to beach-inspired waves, we strongly recommend the Sun Bum Beach Formula Sea Spray. This product is our new favorite hair secret for summer. Not only does it protect the hair from the harsh rays of the sun, but it contains sea salt, which helps to give us those sexy summer beach waves that we all covet. Just spritz a generous amount on wet hair and then scrunch your locks until you've created some nice loose waves. Instead of using a hairdryer, just let your hair air-dry.

If you really want to have easy vacation hair, bring along a travel sized bottle of dry shampoo. It will totally banish oil from your roots without drying out the rest of your hair.


This is usually the area where we end up over packing. It's hard for us to just ditch our most coveted makeup products, especially when we envision how we want to look in our vacation photos. Luckily, you can look gorgeous without having to bring along a million products.

When it comes to packing vacation, the name of the game is reducing the amount of liquids that you have to bring along. This starts with trading your usual liquid foundation and other face products for a cream foundation that will do double-duty as a concealer. 

Of course, no one wants to be wearing a heavy cream on the beach or lounging around poolside. That's why we adore the Youngblood Mineral Radiance Creme-To-Powder Foundation for our summer vacations. Although it's a cream formula that gives us the coverage we want, it dries to a powdery finish that's not too heavy for a day outside in the sun.

When it comes to the eyes, you want to bring along a palette that will allow you to create a wide array of looks without taking up a lot of suitcase real estate. The Lorac Unzipped Palette is hands-down the best choice for this. There's barely a makeup look that we can't create with this palette. It can be used to create a subtle daytime look, but it's also perfect for doing a smokey eye.

Of course, no summer makeup look would be complete without bronzer. We recommend the Kevyn Aucoin Neo Bronzer Palette in Capri. This ombre bronzer allows you to easily control how dramatic of a look you want and doubles as a highlighter and blush.

Summer Vacation Made Easy

Packing for your summer vacations shouldn't be a hassle. This is why we offer a range of 
inexpensive containers that allow you to easily decant your favorite products for travel purposes.

Do you have any favorite tips for packing light while still looking glam? We want to hear them. Tell us about your favorite summer vacation beauty tips in the comments below. If you loved this post, then join Frends Beauty today. We'll be sure to keep you up-to-date on all of our newest blog updates. Plus, you'll be the first to hear about sales, promotions and new product releases.

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