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Carry-On Essentials for Your 80 Degrees Beach Escape


Along with the obvious warm-weather essentials like flip-flops and bathing suits, there are a few more must-haves to bring along on your sun-soaked 80 Degrees by the Sea vacation. Packing a handful of unisex beautifiers—all in small enough containers to fit inside a quart-sized transparent plastic bag—is an easy way to look great throughout your trip. (Even better: many are ideal to use on the plane, as well.) We’ve rounded up the best beauty items to throw into your carry-on bag before heading off on that much-needed beach escape.

Moisturizing Facial Spray

Your skin goes through a lot on a resort vacation: sun exposure, perspiration while you’re soaking up those rays, and infamously dry airplane air to get there and back. Bringing along a moisturizing facial spray can help tackle all three. It’s refreshing during the day (spritzed on periodically, all over your face and neck) and later soothing on tender post-sun skin. And on the roundtrip journey to your getaway, a mist is an easy way to keep skin hydrated during the flight, even if it’s long haul.

The Best: Neal’s Yard Remedies’ Organic White Tea Facial Mist ($18) contains essential oils from English lavender, geranium, chamomile, and bergamot, so it’s naturally hydrating, plus the slightly herbaceous scent makes it nice to spray on before bedtime…or just a beach chair nap.

The Rest: The part-toner, part-serum spray Caudalie Beauty Elixir to Go ($16) and pleasantly scented Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence ($65).

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Disposable Cleansing Wipes

Cleansing wipes, which are great for swiping off everything from sunblock and sweat to sand, are always convenient to have on hand—essentially, they’re a more versatile, gentle, liquid-free hand sanitizer. Instead of the alcohol-based versions designed just for hands (or even traditional baby wipes), choose disposable cloths that are infused with the same ingredients as high-quality face cleansers, since they’re much less harsh and can help moisturize and calm the skin as they rid it of dirt and grime.

The Best: Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths with Biospheric Complex ($15) are loaded with natural soothers like aloe, shea butter, and cucumber. They’re mild enough for even the most sensitive skin, including kids’ faces, so they’re ideal for families heading away on spring break.

The Rest: Ole Henricksen Truth to Go Wipes ($6), which are packed with vitamins, and green tea-infused Yes to Cucumber Soothing Wipes ($2.99). Both come in extra-portable packages of 10 and 8 wipes, respectively.

Water- and Sweat-Resistant Sunblock

Sun protection is, of course, a beachgoer’s must-have, but with the variety of textures and SPF strengths that are available, it’s worth bringing along a product that you know you like. Bring a few tubes, since most sun worshippers typically use much less sunscreen than they actually need. A formulation that’s resistant to water and sweat is ideal, since it will stay on longer as you’re outdoors and active, as is broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays.

The Best: Supergoop SPF 30+ Everyday Face & Body Moisturizer ($14) is ultra protective and water- and sweat-resistant, but still gentle, so it’s great for even young children. Plus it comes in an super-portable 1.6 ounce tube that’s as easy to put in a purse as a beach bag.

The Rest: Natura Bisse SPF 30 Daily Defense Oil-Free Fluid ($95), which is packed with indulgent anti-aging ingredients, and the oil-free, matte textured Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid-lotion Sunblock ($10.49).

Soothing Skincare

Even when you’re away from home, it’s important to maintain a diligent cleansing routine, particularly when you’re in a warm, humid holiday climate, when perspiration and dirt can clog pores. The easiest strategy is to bring along a skincare kit, filled with small-sized containers of an entire regimen of products. Usually these minis last longer than your vacation, but their shrunken dimensions are perfect for a makeup case, purse, or office desk drawer when you get back home.

The Best: The unisex British brand REN is a cult-favorite for a reason: its products do what they promise (like clean and moisturize) without harsh chemical ingredients or any frills or fuss. The REN kit ($36) includes tiny sizes of some of the line’s most popular products for the face, like Vita-Mineral Radiant Day Cream.

The Rest: Eve Lom Travel Essentials Kit ($95)—a worthy splurge that may make people think you just had a facial, and Fresh’s limited-edition Cliquot in the Snow set ($60) of best-sellers, tucked in an adorable bag that you’ll want to use way after the trip is over.

High-Quality Hair Care

Your hair’s got a lot to contend with on vacation—sun, chlorine, humidity—so it’s smart to pack a few heavy-hitter products to handle those caustic effects. Some of the best haircare brands offer travel sets that packed with a few shrunken essentials from their collections, just enough to get you through about a week on the road. Particularly suited for beach-based trips are products that deal with frizz, which is a common issue for many types of hair in warm-weather destinations.

The Best: Phillip Kingsley Jet Sets ($34) are travel-friendly kits with customized products (there are 8 versions) to tackle everything from discolored gray hair to excessive frizz. Each kit comes in a reusable clear plastic bag, so just throw them in your carry-on and go.

The Rest: Luxurious, olive oil-infused Frederic Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Travel Faves Kit ($43) and smoothing, floral-scented Oscar Blandi Jasmine Frizz Fighting Discovery Set ($30).

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