When it comes to spring break, there are some things that you need to pack in large quantity: bathing suits, bottles of sunscreen, and condoms being the items that come to mind first. But beauty products? Well, those you can skimp on—putting on a full face of makeup doesn’t make a lot of sense when you’re going to be in the water all day, right?
With that being said, you’re still going to want to make a bit of space in your suitcase for makeup, right? And a bit of space is all you’ll need, if you plan your packing properly. Stock up on enough travel-size products, and you’ll be surprised by just how much room you have left for tacky souvenirs.
The following are 9 of the best travel-size beauty products to pick up before you head out on your spring break trip:
Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette, $24
Fans of the smokey eye, this one’s for you: this is a tiny compact that packs a big punch. With eight gorgeous neutral shades to choose from—including some that could double as highlighters—you really can’t go wrong with this Smashbox palette.
e.l.f. Nail Polish Remover Pads, $2
If chipped nail polish ruins your day like it does mine, then you’ll definitely want to bring some polish-removing pads on spring break.
Smashbox travel-size Photo Finish Oil Free Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing, $16
I don’t know about you, but I get real shiny when I’m on vacation. Like, real shiny. And not in a cute way. If you’re like, yup, story of my life, then consider picking up a travel-size tube of this oil-absorbing primer. You won’t regret it.
MAC travel-size Lipglass, $10
It’s a travel-size MAC Lipglass! What else is there to say but “GET IN MY SUITCASE”?
Sephora Collection Take Me Away Travel Jar Set, $8
OK, so these little jars aren’t beauty products, but I feel like you really should know about their existence, so here we are. Anyway, you can pack your favorite creams and moisturizers into the jars so you don’t have to go without on your trip. Brilliant!
Batiste travel-size dry shampoo, $3.99
Pool water might strip your hair, but it definitely doesn’t clean it. A few spritzes of this stuff is all it takes to make everyone think you’ve been shampooing on the regular.
Sephora Collection travel-size Express Cleansing Wipes, $4
Because you really do need to take your makeup off at night, even when you’re on vacation. It’s a cruel world!
Urban Decay travel-size Naked Skin Beauty Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 20, $14
There’s nothing like letting your skin breathe a bit on vacation. But if you do want a bit of light coverage (with some added SPF), might I suggest this travel-size beauty balm from Urban Decay? It’s lightweight, hydrating, helps to combat the signs of aging, and can be used as a primer for foundation or on its own.
CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara, $6.99
OK, so this mascara isn’t travel-sized, but it made the list for a few different reasons: first of all, it’s a good mascara! Secondly, it’s waterproof. This is essential on spring break. And finally, it’s cheap, so you won’t be kicking yourself when you get home and realize that whoops, you totally left your mascara on the sink in that bar bathroom. Or on the beach… Or was it in someone else’s room…?