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The Cosmetic Travel Organizer – Packing the Essentials ONLY

I decided to create a post about packing your makeup for a specific purpose, travel. I used to struggle quite a bit with organizing and choosing what to bring on trips. After quite a few road-trips and vacations, I have figured out what products are an absolute must versus what you can leave at home. Also, it’s good to keep in mind that there may be some cool makeup and beauty products to buy at your destination. Going for a little (or big) beauty shopping spree is always a fun activity to add to your checklist, especially when visiting a foreign country.

Using the tips below, you will become an expert when it comes to packing your makeup. Getting your travel cosmetic organizer vacation-ready, you will see, is going to become a breeze.

Makeup Triage 

The best way to start is by picking out your favorite products for each category. Look through your entire makeup collection when doing this. You might find something awesome you forgot you had, and taking it with you on vacation will be the perfect occasion to make good use of it. 

Separate your favorites into 3 categories.

  1. Face: Foundation, concealer, bronzer, blush, highlighter
  2. Eyes: Eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara
  3. Lips: Lip moisturizer, lipliner, lipstick, lipgloss (optional) 

Pick One of Each

Grab one of each. Do a rundown of the simple essentials checklist


  • 1- Foundation
  • 1- Undereye concealer
  • 1- Blemish concealer 
  • 1- Compact bronzer
  • 1- Blush 
  • 1- Highlighter
  • 1- Translucent powder


  • 4-12 neutral shadows, ranging light to dark
  • 1-12 colorful, sparkly, or shimmery shadows, if you plan on any glam 
  • 1 top-lid eyeliner
  • 1- mascara


  • 2-4 lip moisturizers
  • 1-3 shades of lipliners
  • 1-5 shades of lipstick
  • 1- lipgloss

Don’t Forget Your Brushes!

Decide on the application tools you will need for any of the makeup you are bringing with you. Maybe you use a Beautyblender to apply foundation, or you have a particular favorite eyeliner flat brush you always need on deck. 

Pack It Up  

When packing all of your cosmetics and tools, it is important to make sure you will remember where you put everything so you can easily access it on-the-go, while traveling. All the tools should be stored in a separate, sanitary, section or separate case from your makeup. 

Keep all the face products together. Depending on the size of the makeup bag you are using, it’s helpful to put the larger items at the bottom. Usually, that is mostly going to be face products like foundations or powder compacts. If have some more room, put in the eyeshadows. Place them in a way that is logical to you. 

As for the rest of the items, eyliners, lipliners, licksticks, etc… put those in a smaller bag or case.

Keeping the items organized will really help you while traveling. Get ready faster so you can experience more, and have more time to make memories on your trip. 

Closing Thoughts

It is easy to get carried away when deciding which lipsticks or eye shadow palettes to bring. I hope this post was helpful to you. Let me know in the comments what daily must-have makeup products you can’t go without. 

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” 

Leonardo da Vinci


  • Doc

    Well, I don’t personally use makeup lol but I will certainly pass this along to some friends and colleges that I know love to travel. And I’m sure will be interested to learn a few tips.

  • Nate

    I have five daughters, four of which wear makeup.  I am definitely going to pass this information on to them, as their makeup is an unorganized mess when we travel.  They all generally try to bring all of their, makeup instead of traveling with just the necessities.  What tips do you have for general makeup organization?

    • Olympia

      H Nate,

      You are so blessed! Yes, I can see how their makeup could be getting a bit in the way. That can be something fun for you or mom to take them to shop for. There is never a better time than now to get organized! I do have a post for general organization. I pasted the link below. Thanks so much for reading. 

      MAKEUP ORGANIZERS – Find the Perfect Home for Your Makeup

      Wishing you and your family all the best!


  • Seun Afotanju

    Thanks for this important piece of information though I am not a lady I picked interest in this because of my wife who use to have more than a makeup bags anytime we go on vacation, I guess this post will teach her the best way to pack up her cosmetics tools effectively. Thanks once more 

    • Olympia

      Hi Seun, 

      I completely understand. You may be able to apply some of the ideas to your toiletries, haha. I’m sure once you share the info with your wife, she will love knowing you are always thinking about ways to make your vacations better! Thank you for reading. I hope you have a wonderful day! 

      Warm regards,


  • Emmanuel Buysse

    Great post and good info.

    This is for my wife actually, she always packages the whole thing and then in the end she doesn’t have place anymore for the essential stuff. 

    I will show her this post, I love the tips you give, and I really hope she will take account on it the next time we’re going to travel. 

    Thanks a lot for sharing this with us! 

    • admin

      Hi Emmanuel! Thank you for the kind comments. I’m so glad it’s helpful to you and your wife. Anything that can make life just a little bit easier helps immensely. Especially when you are traveling and want to make the most of every moment.  

      You’re very welcome, sir. Have a wonderful day!

      All the best,


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