Travel Beauty Essentials For Every Vacation On Your Wishlist

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We’ve rounded up the coolest products to keep you camera ready for all of your hot summer travels.

Summertime and the living is easy. Use that PTO and head to the beach, pool, fire escape or your local park. Jetsetting is fun regardless of the season but traveling with your favorite beauty buys can be frustrating. Grab our expert-approved TSA-friendly products and explore the destinations of your dreams, or stay close to home and luxuriate in the comfort of your own abode. 

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Regardless of where you go (or don’t), these products will ensure you look and feel your best while you’re there. BONUS: There are carefully curated finds from some of your favorite women and BIPOC-owned or founded companies in this compilation. Safe travels!

Solo Escape – Miami, FL

Perfect For: This metropolitan city is ideal for stressed out workaholics in desperate need of self care and me-time. Consider people watching along the iconic Ocean Drive, enjoying an authentic Cuban meal in Little Havana, or exploring the flourishing art scene in Little Haiti.

Must-Have Products:

Fenty Skin Butta Drop Mini Whipped Oil Body Cream with Tropical Oils + Shea Butter, $23; fentybeauty.com

Be Rooted “Claim Your Space” Journal, $12.99; target.com

Romantic Bae-cation – St. Lucia

Perfect For: Couples who are yearning for a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of adulting and are searching for sexy ways keep the spark burning in their relationship. Popular pastimes on this breathtaking Caribbean island include snapping Instagram-ready shots of the breathtaking Pitons, rubbing each other down in the Sulphur Springs, and liming with locals at the infamous Friday Fish Fry.

Must-Have Products:

Sol de Janerio Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower-Cream Gel, $10 for 90 ml; soldejanerio.com

The Lip Bar Vegan Matte Liquid Lipstick, $16.99; target.com

Family Vacay – Charleston, SC

Perfect For: If you and yours are in search of a destination that offers great weather, culture in abundance, amazing restaurants, and is a walkable city, Charleston might be right up your alley. Stop by the newly opened International African American Museum, get your grub on at one of Chucktown’s many award-winning restaurants (we love Gillie’s Seafood), enjoy a stroll through Rainbow Row, and go shopping at the stylish boutique,  The Tiny Tassel.

Must-Have Products:

BGS Kids SPF 50, $9.99; blackgirlsunscreen.com

Mei Apothecary Jade Facial Roller Beauty Tool, $8.99; meiapothecary.com

Girlfriend Getaway – Sedona, AZ

Perfect For: You and your besties are ready for some long overdue fun in the sun! Grab your fave shades, swimsuits, and a healthy appetite for shenanigans. Sedona is known for majestic mountain views, world-class spas and under-celebrated history. Craft your own personalized itinerary to learn as much as you can about the expansively rich Indigenous and Native American culture in this area.

Must-Have Products:

Tresluce Beauty I Am Alma Palette and 5D Lash Set, $25; tresluce.com

Cheekbone Beauty Balance Blush/Bronzer, $20; cheekbonebeauty.com

YOLO Holiday – Ibiza, Spain

Perfect For: Anyone who wants to have the time of their freakin’ lives! Party, eat, drink, and “act bad” (responsibly of course) with no regrets. What happens in Ibiza, stays in Ibiza

Must-Have Products:

J. Lo Mini Body Trio, $44; jlobeauty.com

Kimberly New York “Diaspora” Eau de Parfum, $35; kimberlynewyork.com

Staycation Situation – Anywhere on the Planet

Perfect For: Everyone! Sometimes you need a change of scenery but your budget and/or schedule just won’t allow you to get away at that moment. You can feel like you got away with these hacks. 1) Pick a hotel no more than a 1-2 hour drive or train ride from your home. Or just stay in your own crib. 2) Splurge at a restaurant that you’ve been anxious to dine in. 3) Explore local hidden gems like an art gallery, museum, or a shopping district for people watching—just get out and enjoy yourself .

Must-Have Products: 

Harlem Candle Company “Lady Day” Luxury Candle, $48; harlemcandlecompany.com

TPH by Taraji Mask-On Deep Conditioner, $14.99; tphbytaraji.com

You’ve seen our fave travel destinations and beauty products. Where are you headed this summer?

Bridgette Royall

Bridgette Bartlett Royall is an award-winning content creator with two decades of experience in digital and print media. The Fashion Institute of Technology graduate has written for BET.com, Essence, People, The New York Times and Travel + Leisure. A native of Queens, NY, Royall has also worked on best-selling book projects chronicling the lives of notables like Aretha Franklin, Maya Angelou and Michelle Obama as a research editor, reporter and writer. In addition to her content creation and editing work for major media platforms, she's the founder of BlackBridalBliss.com, the ultimate online destination for Black brides. (IG: @blkbridalbliss) Her most challenging and rewarding assignment yet is being mother to her toddler son, Langston.

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