8 travel-sized essentials with holiday inspirations to match


The warm weather getaway season calls for a beauty re-think. You can’t schlep the entire contents of your bathroom cabinet, and shoehorning full-size products into your suitcase is a pointlessly exasperating exercise. Instead, reach for luggage-friendly versions of all your staples, explore the latest mighty minis, and cherry-pick from the best of new holiday releases. We’ve highlighted our favourite jetsetting options and suggested worthy locations where they might come in handy. Bon voyage.

BEAUTY TO GO: Mecca Cosmetica Sun Essentials

Whether you’re surfing, swimming, paddling or merely posing poolside in a Peony bikini, this limited-edition, sun-savvy trio is indispensable for confidently exploring the great outdoors. Shield your face, lips and body with these SPF 50 essentials handily packaged in their own stashable kit.

WHERE TO GO: Time to lock in the Great Barrier Reef escape you’ve long been contemplating. Orpheus Island Lodge is a tropical oasis surrounded by fringing reef that you can swim out to from your suite. Meanwhile, at iconic Lizard Island lodge, pampered guests can explore serene beaches, snorkel with giant clams and sip Dom Pérignon on private picnics.

BEAUTY TO GO: NuFACE Fix Shimmer All Night Collection

Petite enough to fit into a clutch but potent enough to alleviate the appearance of wrinkles, this microcurrent device is a high-tech, travel-friendly addition to your skincare regime. The limited-edition set includes an accompanying serum, mirrored compact and drawstring bag for convenient storage.

WHERE TO GO: Trek from Sydney to Auckland and sail through the New Zealand Sounds on an elegant vessel from Silversea. The acclaimed operator blends small-ship intimacy with spacious suites. Or venture to Egypt with Abercrombie & Kent, and cruise the Nile on a private charter. Stop at astonishing temples and keep your skin looking as firm as Nefertiti’s.

BEAUTY TO GO: Tatcha Little Luxuries Obento

Tatcha’s sets are among holiday’s most sought-after self-gifts, and for good reason. This obento contains six delicious treasures infused with Japanese superfoods, including a purifying oil, hydrating mist and age-defying mask, for a complete on-the-go routine.

WHERE TO GO: Adorned with snowflake designs, this set nods to wintry Kyoto. Visitors to this picturesque city can access onsen springs in the mountains, the ski slopes at Hirogawara and traditional tea ceremonies. If you prefer golden sands to snowy peaks, head to Hawaii instead. Stay at The Alohilani Resort at Waikiki Beach. The fruits of a recent makeover include a saltwater infinity pool, rooftop tennis court and an enormous aquarium in the lobby.

BEAUTY TO GO: Maison Margiela Adventure Discovery Set

Scents from this French brand are all about eliciting an emotion and triggering a memory. This trio evokes a blissful beach stroll, a lazy morning spent in bed, and the sharp, crisp rush of the ocean. The 10-ml size makes it hard to decide which fragrance to pack, so why not take them all?

WHERE TO GO: Avoid the Bali hordes and book a stay at COMO Uma Canggu on the island’s south coast. The breathtaking resort combines mindfulness with sumptuousness, nourishing food and decadent suites, sunrise yoga and island excursions. Closer to home, a drive along the South Island in New Zealand yields staggering sights, from glaciers to beaches to forests.

BEAUTY TO GO: Summer Fridays: Merry and Brighter Gift Set

This trio of must-have masks means you can soothe, exfoliate and illuminate your complexion no matter where you venture. A full-size Jet Lag and two minis keep your skin in peak glowing state even when dealing with the travails of long-haul flights, late check-ins and early rises.

WHERE TO GO: With this emergency kit in your luggage, go big. South Africa is especially tempting in December, the official start of summer. It’s when the beaches of Cape Town come alive, and the stores of Bree Street are buzzing. If you’ve always wanted to stay at The Silo, the waterfront property in a former grain solo and atop a contemporary art museum, now is the time. Or head into Kruger, Kgalagadi and other nearby parks for a safari adventure.

BEAUTY TO GO: NARS Velvet Rope Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Box and NARS Hyped Eyeshadow Palette

This four-piece collection of matte lip colours, from dusty rose to fiery red, resembles a cigarette box and is one way to ensure smoking hot looks. Stow away this technicolour shadow palette, heavy on pink, purple and bronze hues, and you are ready for any occasion, from rollicking club to sleepy pub to snowy chalet.

WHERE TO GO: Make a beeline for Los Cabos, Mexico. Though the resort town has a reputation for relentless partying, several new lodges are catering to those seeking more nuanced stays. Perched on the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula, Nobu Hotel Los Cabos has mesmerising views, Japanese-inspired suites and Nobu-approved food. Or immerse yourself in the winter wonderland of Aspen, Colorado, with its majestic slopes, après-ski parties and impressive dining options.

BEAUTY TO GO: Mecca Cosmetica Mask Library

With instant solutions for refreshing, brightening and hydrating skin, this set is a ‘library’ you will return to frequently. For a boost of head-turning radiance use the masks in sequence, or stagger them when required. They’re slim enough for any bag. You may even want two.

WHERE TO GO: Fiji is a breezy escape, with kaleidoscopic reef life, lush forests and 330 frangipani-scented islands to choose from. Another smart choice to tote your mini library? Hobart. Sample pristine local produce, check out MONA’s latest, and hop to vineyards outside the city limits.

BEAUTY TO GO: Eve Lom Cleansing Oil Capsules

These ingenious capsules mean you never need to travel with a heavy or bulky cleanser ever again. Each capsule is infused with fatty acids and botanical oils for the perfect cleanse, and is completely biodegradable, so no excess plastic.

WHERE TO GO: Hoi An, one of Vietnam’s most captivating port cities, was recently made even more alluring with the arrival of a Four Seasons. The hotel offers a gateway to three UNESCO World Heritage sites and a tranquil respite on the country’s most celebrated beach. Or, pop a handful of these capsules into your carry-on and head up to Byron Bay for the weekend.


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