Carry-on Cosmetic Essentials

Carry-On Cosmetic Essentials: What to Pack and Why

Packing for a trip can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to toiletries. But when you're flying carry-on only, you have to be even more selective. That's where this guide to carry-on cosmetic essentials comes in. I'll share my top picks for the most important products to bring, as well as tips on how to pack them efficiently.

Must-Have Makeup Essentials

Foundation or BB Cream

A good foundation or BB cream will even out your skin tone and give you a flawless base for the rest of your makeup. Choose a formula that matches your skin type and provides the coverage you need.


Concealer is essential for covering up blemishes, dark circles, and other imperfections. Choose a concealer that is one shade lighter than your foundation for the most natural look.


Eyeliner can help to define your eyes and make them look more awake. Choose a waterproof formula that will stay in place all day long.


Mascara can help to lengthen, volumize, and curl your lashes. Choose a mascara that is suitable for your lash type and desired effect.


Blush can help to add a touch of color and warmth to your face. Choose a shade that complements your skin tone and apply it lightly.

Lipstick or Lip Gloss

A touch of lipstick or lip gloss can help to finish off your look. Choose a color that you love and that makes you feel confident.

Skincare Essentials


A good cleanser is essential for removing dirt, oil, and makeup from your face. Choose a cleanser that is suitable for your skin type and won't irritate your skin.


Moisturizer is essential for keeping your skin hydrated and healthy. Choose a moisturizer that is适合你的皮肤类型and won't clog your pores.


Sunscreen is essential for protecting your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays. Choose a sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher and that is broad-spectrum.

Lip Balm

Lip balm is essential for keeping your lips hydrated and protected from the elements. Choose a lip balm that contains SPF for added protection.

Other Essentials

Toothbrush and Toothpaste

These are essential for maintaining good oral hygiene. Choose a toothbrush that is soft-bristled and a toothpaste that contains fluoride.


Deodorant is essential for keeping you feeling fresh and confident. Choose a deodorant that is unscented or has a light, pleasant scent.

Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer is essential for keeping your hands clean when you're on the go. Choose a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.


A hairbrush is essential for keeping your hair neat and tidy. Choose a hairbrush that is suitable for your hair type and won't damage your hair.

Bobby Pins or Hair Ties

Bobby pins or hair ties are essential for keeping your hair out of your face or styling it as desired. Choose bobby pins or hair ties that are secure and won't damage your hair.

Packing Tips

When packing your carry-on cosmetics, it's important to be mindful of the TSA's 3-1-1 rule. This rule states that all liquids, gels, and aerosols must be in containers that are 3.4 ounces or less and that all containers must fit into a 1-quart clear plastic bag. Be sure to check the TSA website for the most up-to-date information on the 3-1-1 rule.

Here are some tips for packing your carry-on cosmetics efficiently:

  • Use travel-sized containers for all of your liquids, gels, and aerosols.
  • Pack your liquids in a clear plastic bag and place it in an easily accessible place in your carry-on.
  • Roll up your clothes to save space.
  • Wear your heaviest shoes and jacket on the plane to save space in your carry-on.
  • Leave some space in your carry-on for souvenirs.

By following these tips, you can pack all of your essential cosmetics in your carry-on without breaking the bank or the TSA's 3-1-1 rule.