If you ask us, there’s no better way to spend time off than by traveling to some distant (and preferably, sunny) locale. It’s exciting, it’s fun—but it can also be stressful, especially when it comes to packing. With rather restrictive rules on what can join you for your flight, options are limited when it comes to beauty. You can either pack all your faves and stuff them in a check-in bag or you need to get travel-friendly products and leave your must-haves at home. Neither option is ideal. Enter: Kiehl’s travel-sized beauty minis.
Available in perfectly-packable sample sizes, our carry-on friendly skincare and haircare staples will take the stress out of traveling so you can focus on what’s important (like what to post on the ‘gram). Find everything to pack for your next trip ahead.
You might not want to keep to your full 10-step skincare routine while you’re traveling, but that doesn’t mean your skin has to suffer. Ahead, discover our best mini skincare products for all skin types.
Start off your travel routine with a Kiehl’s classic: our beloved Ultra Facial Cleanser. Available in a carry-on friendly 75mL tube, this pH-balanced cleanser with squalane and avocado oil helps remove dirt, oil, and other impurities without stripping the skin’s natural moisture barrier. The ultra-gentle cleanser can be used morning and night for clean, balanced skin.
After cleansing, tone your skin with Ultra Facial Toner. The gentle, alcohol-free formula helps remove any excess oil or debris left behind after washing your face. It also helps soothe and hydrate the skin, leaving it comfortable and perfectly primed for the rest of your skincare routine. We recommend applying it using a clean cotton round, but if you don’t have any on hand, you can also use your hands to splash the lightweight formula onto your face (just avoid getting any in your eyes).
Last but not least, finish off your quick-and-easy travel routine with Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30. Moisturizer, as you know, is a must—especially after exposing your skin to the dry, stale air of an airplane cabin. This face lotion with squalane absorbs quickly, leaving your skin feeling hydrated and soft. It also offers broad-spectrum SPF 30 protection against the sun’s damaging rays. Smooth a generous amount onto your clean face at least 15 minutes before going outside, and reapply as needed throughout the day (usually every two hours or so).
Kiehl’s Tip: To boost your simple travel routine, reach for Cactus Flower & “Tibetan Ginseng” Hydrating Mist. The hydrating facial mist helps refresh dull, tired-looking skin—perfect for a midday pick-me-up while you’re out exploring. The gentle, energizing formula can even be used over makeup—just spritz it on and be on your way.
Body Care Minis
There’s no better way to unwind after a long day walking around than a nice, relaxing shower. But how you care for your skin after showering matters. We recommend applying moisturizer while your skin is still damp to help keep your skin hydrated and healthy-looking.
Nourish your skin with our beloved Creme de Corps Body Lotion with Cocoa Butter. The iconic body lotion with cocoa butter and shea butter absorbs quickly, leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth—not greasy. This body care staple has been a Kiehl’s favorite for more than 40 years and comes available in a range of sizes, including a carry-on friendly 75mL bottle and one-liter refills to ensure you never run out of your favorite formula.
We also recommend throwing a hand lotion in your bag too. Try Richly Hydrating Scented Hand Cream, which contains shea butter and antioxidant vitamin E. The nourishing hand formula is available in three fresh scents and sinks into the skin easily for soft, smooth hands.
While the freebies are a nice touch, there’s a good chance your hotel’s complimentary haircare offerings may not be suited to your strands. Instead of making do, bring your haircare staples along on your trip.
Our fan-favorite Amino Acid Shampoo and Amino Acid Conditioner are both available in travel-sized bottles perfect for your trip. The beloved duo, which contains coconut oil and amino acids, gently cleanses your hair while adding body and shine. This perfect pairing is suitable for all hair types and can be used daily for soft, manageable strands.
If you’re prone to frizz, add our sample-sized Smoothing Oil-Infused Leave-In Concentrate to your bag as well. This nourishing hair serum with argan and babassu oils smoothes dry strands without weighing them down, leaving your hair looking glossy and smooth. Comb a dime-sized amount through damp strands as a one-and-done styling aid, or work a small amount through dry hair to refresh your second-day style
Don’t worry, guys, we haven’t forgotten about you. While all of the above products are suitable for both men and women, guys may also want to pack travel-sized grooming products to keep their facial hair looking its best.
If you shave any of your facial hair, throw a travel-sized shaving cream, like Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream White Eagle, into your Dopp kit. The menthol and camphor-spiked cream applies easily (no brush or water needed) and helps prime your skin for a close, comfortable shave.
Post-grooming, nourish your skin with a lightweight men’s moisturizer. Our Facial Fuel Daily Energizing Moisture Treatment for Men helps revive dull, fatigued skin and provides antioxidant protection against environmental stressors. The non-greasy formula also contains a built-in aftershave solution to help minimize shaving-induced irritation (a major bonus for guys prone to razor bumps). Smooth it onto your face and neck as the final step in your travel routine for energized, healthy-looking skin.
Next: You don’t want a sunburn to put a damper on your travels. Learn How To Apply (And Reapply) Sunscreen to keep your skin protected throughout all of your adventures.