The Ultimate Carry-on Toiletry Kit
1. Eye Queue
How smart is this? Each compact Physicians Formula Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner kit is designed to highlight a specific eye color (hazel, brown, green, or blue), so it's practically impossible to screw up. And with nine complementary colors in each palette, you can mix and match a different shade for every day of your trip (and then some). Drugstores nationwide, $11.
2. Best Block
Five words: What took them so long? Adding serious SPF to this dermatologist-approved standby makes Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 50 a no-brainer for your packing list—or for your medicine cabinet back home. drugstore.com, $11.25 for 1.7 oz.
3. Long-Distance Do's
A palm-size carry-on that keeps hair fresh, even when your next shower is a 16-hour plane ride away? Don't mind if we do. Bumble and Bumble Hair Powder spray, in black, brown, blond, or white, absorbs oil, adds volume, and can even be used for root touch-ups on the fly. bumbleandbumble.com, $19 for 1 oz.
4. Ready For Takeoff
Jet lag is no excuse for breaking the cardinal rule of cosmetics: Always wash your face before bed, no matter what time (zone) it is. Fortunately, swabbing your skin with green-tea-and-vitamin-E-infused Bioré Makeup Removing Towelettes counts. Drugstores nationwide, $8 for 30.
5. No-Fail Nails
With its spill-proof, marker-size dispenser and built-in brush, a Sally Hansen Color Quick Fast Dry Nail Color Pen lets you pull off a no-mess mid-trip manicure or neatly fix chips on the go. Drugstores nationwide, $8.
6. Shade To Order
As your vacation progresses, so (typically) does your tan—which is why e.l.f. Blendable Brilliance Personal Blend Foundation is such a travel-beauty breakthrough. Each container packs four shades of loose mineral powder (with built-in SPF 15), and you can adjust the proportions every day. That means the makeup you came with will still match your face when you leave. eyeslipsface.com, $8.
7. Gentle Germ-Fighter
Those in the pro-hand-sanitizer camp face a common conundrum. The same alcohol-based formulas that kill bacteria also strip your digits dry as a bone. Not so with Jurlique Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer, which has antibacterial power that comes from Australian bush mint and is balanced by skin-enriching natural plant oils. sephora.com, $6.50 for 1.7 oz.
8. Making Waves
Until the day hotel bathrooms come with more than just hairdryers, the Conair MiniPRO Curling Iron deserves a (tiny) place in your bag. The six-inch-long tool heats up in less than 30 seconds, and its one-inch ceramic barrel won't fry your hair—or anything else in your suitcase, since it comes with its own heat-resistant pouch. conair.com, $18.
9. Brow Know-How
Breaking out of your regular morning routine—away from the same old familiar bathroom bulbs—can shed new light on areas you sometimes overlook. With the Tweezerman Mini Brow Rescue Kit—which includes tweezers, brow mousse, brush, and highlighter—you can whip at least one of them into shape. tweezerman.com, $25.
10. A Reimagined Classic
Generations of women have trusted their skin to Ms. Arden's iconic, long-lasting face cream—and also dabbed it on their lips for good measure. Now, Elizabeth Arden's The Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick puts that same vitamin-E-enhanced magic in an elegant silver-and-white tube that makes it look more like a treat than a treatment. elizabetharden.com, $17.
11. A Finer Liner
If Angelina Jolie trusts her, you can, too. Makeup-artist-to-the-stars Trish McEvoy's 24-Hour Eye Shadow and Liner goes on like a crayon—perfect for novices—but produces photo-shoot-professional results. Just swipe it along the lash line and smudge for an instant smoky eye that stays put all day. trishmcevoy.com, $32.
12. All-In-One Wonder
The 25 handy (but oft-forgotten) items in the Ms. & Mrs. Shemergency Survival Kit basically turn you into the MacGyver of travel. Sure, you could use the dental floss, hair spray, earring backs, nail-polish remover, mending kit, double-sided tape, lint brush, stain solution, static remover, facial tissues, and folding hair brush with mirror only for their intended purposes—and still get your money's worth. But where's the fun in that? msandmrs.com, $25.
13. Package Deal
The best travel bags are laminated—every product-toting traveler will agree. Things explode. Caps come off. Sprays get sprayed. Kate Spade's Natalie Cosmetic Case set is waterproof and wipes clean, inside and out—and it also happens to be really cute. There's a smaller zip-up cosmetic case that fits inside, and the 6" x 8.8" x 6.4" main compartment is roomy enough to hold every last product on our list. katespade.com, $72.