8 Beauty Essentials to Pack for a Last-Minute (Warm) Getaway

Written by: Megan O’Neill


Published on: August 4, 2022


Updated on: December 13, 2022


Photo courtesy of James Branaman/Christy Dawn

Being gloriously off the grid (and out of the cold) for a few days means a more laid-back routine, but we still enjoy looking (breezily) put-together. From a sleep milk serum that works magic overnight and an entire kit of fast-acting skin miracles to a gleamy body oil, a restorative hair mask, and a lip and cheek stain that’s effortless and sexy, these luxurious essentials leave anyone who packs them feeling more luminous. No matter where you’re going (Costa Rica? Italy? the Hudson Valley?), pack these options (in mini and full sizes) to feel and look especially fantastic.

  • 1

    Exfoliating Night Serum

    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Dark Spot Exfoliating Sleep Milk, $98/$89 with subscription

    Smooth this powerful multiacid treatment on every night before bed—the acids are time-released and tempered with moisturizing botanicals, so the serum is silky and not irritating—and wake up to fresh, smoother, glowier skin.

  • 2

    Ultranourishing Body Oil

    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Afterglow Body Oil, $48/$43 with subscription

    This luxurious ginger-and-violet-scented oil sinks right in, leaving your skin plumped and refreshed. Sea buckthorn firms, while kakadu plum deeply moisturizes. Smooth over legs, shoulders—anywhere you want a sexy glow.

  • 3

    Beautifully Textured Sunscreen

    Unsun Hydrating Full Coverage Body Lotion SPF 30, $32

    This melting cream is as incredible for a trip to the local market as it is for a day at the beach. It’s made with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide for broad-spectrum protection, and it hydrates with a beautifully nourishing blend of aloe and botanical oils.

  • 4

    Shine-Inducing Hair Mask

    Crown Affair The Renewal Mask, $58

    Sun? Chlorine? Salt water? Always pack a deeply conditioning mask. Nourishing and restorative, this blend of hydrating tsubaki-seed oil and cuticle-smoothing yuzu fruit strengthens and protects, leaving hair of any texture shiny and gorgeous.

  • 5

    Easiest Self-Tanner

    Saltyface Tanning Water, $44

    The color is perfect; the scentless, nontransfer foam blends like a dream and never stains a sheet; and the sustainable glass pump is so easy—and chic-looking.

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    Prettiest Lip and Cheek Stain

    Ere Perez Beetroot Cheek & Lip Tint, $29

    Smoothed onto cheeks and lips, this sheer, melting gel adds the prettiest dewy flush that’s simultaneously vacation-low-key and stunning.

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    Skin-Rehabbing Dream Kit

    goop Beauty GOOPGENES All-in-One Nourishing Skincare Kit, goop, $85

    Every one of these bestselling skin boosters fits into a carry-on—the firming face cream, depuffing eye cream, and clinically tested face oil—and helps fortify skin against recycled airplane air, the physical effects of an exhausting week, and other adversaries.

  • 8

    Secret-Weapon Hair Minis

    Rahua The Rahua Advent Calendar, $180

    A bonanza of 12 travel-size good-hair-day heroes: Choose between a hydrating hair mask, an aloe vera styling gel (perfect for an easy smoothed-back look after a day at the beach), a scalp toner, a guava-and-coconut-scented conditioner, and more—or just throw them all into your duffel.