Must Have Beauty Products for Holiday Travel and How To Pack Them


Since I now live in Austin, TX, my husband, kids and I are headed back to Portland, Oregon to spend Christmas with family. As usual, I will be packing my must-have beauty products for holiday travel that are both everyday and festive for the holidays. My only problem with this holiday traveling expedition is that my packing space is going to be limited; we are loading our bags with Christmas presents for my rather large family (around 27 people in my immediate family).

With that said, I am packing efficiently and using a few makeup cases from SOHO that I am loving. Have you ever used the SOHO Cosmetic Bags before? They are durable, adorable, and affordable… so I own several. Anyways, let me show you how I am packing my must-have beauty products for holiday travel.

SOHO Cosmetics Bags for packing Cosmetics


 Here is what I am packing:


Makeup Packing Essentials

makeup for holiday travel


Products: Naked Palette 2//Lancome Black Eyeliner//The Brow Gal brow pencil//Dior Show Mascara//Josie Maran Argan Illuminator//NARS Paloma Bronzer//NARS Orgasm Blush// Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation//Dose of Colors in Kiss of Fire//NARS Lipstick  in Raquel





Esqido False Lashes
essential makeup brushes for holiday travel
Beauty Tools: Jouer Cosmetics Blush Brush// OCC Flat Brush//Wayne Goss Blender Brush// Crown Brush Angled Liner Brush//Kevyn Aucoin Lash Curler//Beauty Blender


5 makeup brushes (blush brush, blender brush, eyeliner brush, flat brush, beauty blender)

1 eyelash curler

1 foundation

1 concealer

1 mascara

1 blush

1 bronzer

1 illuminator

1 eyeshadow palette

1 black eyeliner

1 brow pencil

1 red lipstick

1 nude lipstick

1 set of false lashes (just in case we hit up a fancy holiday party)


Skincare Packing Essentials

skincare for holiday travel

Products: Burts Bees Facial Wipes//Boscia Luminizing Black Mask//Boscia Blotting Papers//Korres Rose Salvage + Vitamin C// DIY Hyaluronic Acid Serum

1 pack of face wipes

1 anti-aging serum (I am bringing the Hyaluronic Acid I just made for my Mixed Makeup guest blog post. You need to try it out. It’s amazing. )

1 moisturizer

1 mask


Body Product Essentials

beauty product packing essentials for holiday travel

Products: Rituals Magic Touch Cherry Blossom and Rice Milk Body Cream//Rituals Zensations Cherry Blossom and Rice Milk Shower Gel//Kat Burki White Orchid & Poppy Fragrance

Body Wash

Body Lotion



How to Pack Your Beauty Products: Since you aren’t packing heavy, you should be able to fit everything into this SOHO Bag. I usually use the slots the makeup brush slots to hold my lipsticks, liners, eyelash curler, and makeup brushes too. Then I put all of my bath, body, and skincare into smaller puch that zips and sits nicely in the cosmetic bag. Last, I add all of my cosmetics to the remaining space in the main compartment. Everything fits really well and weights less than 2 pounds.

packing a cosmetic bag how to pack cosmetics for holiday travelChristmas Gift Idea: If you are still stumped for a Christmas gift idea, using one of these SOHO Cosmetic Bags is a great start. You can stuff the inside of the bag with your favorite beauty products, hair accessories, jewelry, or keep it simple by adding a Sephora or Ulta gift card- just a thought.

Cheers to holiday packing and traveling. Are you going anywhere for the holidays?

 Have a great day!




note- there are affiliate links in this post and some products were given to me by PR companies. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

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