What to Pack for 4th of July Weekend (or Any Summer Weekend Getaway)

BY Lindsay Tigar · May 19, 2017

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From lounging poolside to soaking up the warm temperatures by the ocean or a lake, there’s no better quarter to get out of town (and away from your work email and routine) than summer. If you want to save money and time, and avoid a luggage mishap, packing light for these getaways is the way to go. Unfortunately, to meet the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)’s, 3.4-ounce limit, you might have to leave your mega-sized bottle of shampoo at home. The good news? You now have a reason to shop for travel-size, summer-inspired beauty products for your body, face and hair.

Need ideas? Here’s what to lug in your carry-on this 4th of July weekend so you can hit the shore running in style:

1. An All-in-One Hairstyling Tool: DAFNI Hair Straightening Ceramic Brush

Summer might feel less relaxing and more taxing, especially if you’re bouncing between bachelorette parties, weddings, summer concerts and backyard barbecues nearly every weekend. Since you probably can’t show up with frizzy hair to a black-tie affair, but you don’t want to pack a straightener and a brush, throw this double-duty product into your bag. It straightens hair, tames frizz and adds shine to your locks super fast, giving you more time to mingle, meet a groomsman or have another cocktail (or two).

2. A Purse-Friendly Cleansing Device: FOREO LUNA™ mini

Packing light doesn’t always mean sacrificing the creature comforts you’re used to. Like if you need the thorough cleanse only a face-cleansing device can afford you to sleep well at night, consider swapping your bulkier gadget with this. Small in size but powerful in action, the LUNA Mini removes dirt and imperfections from your pores without taking a ton of precious real estate in your luggage. And because you can use this about 300 times before it runs out of power, feel free to leave the charger behind.

3. Your Entire Skin Care Routine—in TSA-Approved Sizes: Dermalogica Skin Kit - Normal/Dry

It’s totally fine that you like to prioritize your skin’s health—even on vacation. But lugging around the normal-size bottles of your toner, moisturizer and serums will definitely bring you over the weight and ounce limit. The good news? Most of your favorite skin care products come in travel-friendly sizes, like this Skin Kit by Dermalogica. This travel-friendly set (also comes in Normal to Oily, Dry and Oily) includes a cleansing gel, multi-active toner, smoothing cream, cream exfoliant and a lip treatment.

4. And If You Love Natural Products: Ursa Major's Traveler's Skin Care Kit

Meant for travelers who spend a lot of time flying, this pack will battle the dryness and keep your skin healthy. Complete with face wash, face tonic, face balm and face wipes, no one will know you’re on your fourth red-eye of the summer. Best of all? All of Ursa Major’s products are 100 percent natural.

5. Your Shower Essentials: Rahua Jet Setter Hair & Body Kit

Hotel toiletries aren’t always up to par to scrub away the salt and grit from the beach, so pack this appropriately named ‘Jet Setter’ kit from Rahua. With shampoo, conditioner and shower gel, you’ll feel freshened up to conquer the night scene, sans sand in your hair.

6. Makeup Multitaskers: Laura Geller New York Glam On The Go Palette

As much as you’d like to have an unyielding confidence without an ounce of makeup on, you’re more of the type who feels naked without a little somethin’-somethin’ on her lips. Instead of packing a bulky makeup bag, consider this Glam on the Go palette from Laura Geller. Complete with your old faithful lip gloss, a highlighter, blush and eyeshadow, you’ll be ready to greet the gals for bachelorette brunch in a flash.

7. Your Pocket Sunscreen: Colorescience Sunforgettable Loose Mineral Powder Brush SPF 50

This mineral powder foundation combines weightless coverage with powerful sun protection. Plus, it comes in a tube with a retractable brush, so you can touch up wherever, whenever—even on the plane!

8. If You’re Packing for Your Boyfriend (or Hubs), Too: Anthony The Essential Traveler Kit

Taking your guy home to meet the parents this MDW? Or your long-time lover has now officially depended on you to pack his things? Make sure he has a dude-friendly beauty pack of his own with this essential travel kit from Anthony. He’ll have it all: facial cleanser, shave cream, hair and body wash, moisturizer and lip balm. Oh—and of course—you!

Lindsay Tigar

Lindsay Tigar is a writer and editor in New York. She writes lifestyle content for Bustle, YourTango, AskMen, Woman's Day, Women's Health and many more. She’s an aspiring boxer, wannabe yogi and lover of cardio dance ... Read More >

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