drugstore travel essentials

In a pinch? Undiscovered drugstore treasures.

We all have travel moments when we discover we’ve not packed our make-up or dopp kit, or forgot to replenish it with favorite brands. There are high quality products to be found at drugstores that serve as good replacements. They may even become our staples.

Hair Care:

Pantene Pro-V Daily Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo is a creamy hair product that will strengthen and smooth dry hair. It is available at Target, Walmart, Walgreens and most drugstores. A two-pack of 25.4 oz. bottles is $12.61 on Amazon.

travel essentials Pantene Shampoo

Carol’s Daughter Rhassoul Clay Sulfate-Free Shampoo is a moisturizing wash. The clay will improve manageability. It can be found at Target, some drugstores and at Amazon for $9.97 for 12 fluid oz.

Drugstore travel essentials, shampoo

Travel essentials, Frizz Ease



John Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Moisturizing Conditioner will fight your frizz with hydrating glycerin and a silk protein. It fortifies, detangles and improves manageability.   It can be found at Walmart, Walgreen’s, drugstores and Target for $5.49 for 8.5 oz.




L’Oreal Paris EverStrong Thickening Conditioner will strengthen limp hair. It is a sulfite-free rich conditioner with rosemary leaf to stimulate the scalp. It is available at Target, Walmart, drugstores and 8.5 oz. is $6.45 at Amazon.

Travel Essentials, L'Oreal Condition

Drugstore Travel Essentials, Nexxus DD Cream




Nexxus City Shield shampoo, conditioner and DD Crème protect hair from harsh environmental elements. It is available at Walmart, Walgreens, drugstores, Amazon and Target. Conditioner is $16.99 for 13.5 oz. Shampoo is $11.79 for 13.5 oz. The DD Crème is $14.99 for 2 oz.



Skin Care:

Add Carnation Nonfat Dry Milk to your bath for a soak. The lactic acid softens skin. It’s also great as a paste for a facial. Leave it on until it dries. It is available at Target, Walmart, drugstores and Amazon. 25.6 oz. for $9.04.

Travel essentials, Carnation Milk

Burt's Bees for Travel




Burt’s Bees Renewal Smoothing Eye Cream is a natural product that soothes and smooths sensitive skin around the eyes and lips. Available at Target, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, drugstores and Amazon. $11.95 for .58 oz.



Aquaphor Healing Ointment is wonderful for chapped lips, cuticles, dry feet and heels, and dry patches. Available at drugstores, Walgreens, Walmart and Amazon.   $5.00 for two.

Drugstore travel essentials Aquaphor chapstick

Bio-Oil can be used all over the body to relieve dryness and help stretch marks. It helps scars, improves an uneven skin tone and moisturizes dry and aging skin. Available at Target, Walmart, Walgreens, drugstores and Amazon. $7.59 for 3.2 oz.

Bio-Oil for Travel




Cetaphil Redness Relieving Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 20 is a soothing fragrance-free cream based product with mineral sunscreen ingredients. It is slightly tinted to cover redness. It is available at RiteAid, Walgreens, Target and Amazon. 1.7 oz. is $15.14.


Vaseline Mature Skin Rejuvenation Healing Lotion is non-greasy body cream that absorbs quickly into skin. It helps relieve any dry patches. It has Vitamin B3 and PPAR Activators to replenish lipids and improve skin’s surface. Available at Target, Walmart, drugstores and supermarkets and Amazon. A 20.3 oz. bottle is $5.24.

Drugstore essentials Vaseline cream

L’Oreal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care Extra Dry Skin is great for dry skin. It contains aloe vera to soothe the skin. Available at Walmart, drugstores and Amazon. A 3.04 oz. bottle is $12.72.

Travel Essentials Hydra Genius

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry Touch Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 30 is 100% zinc oxide sunscreen. It has no other ingredients so it can be used on sensitive skin. It is lightweight and non-greasy. Available at Target, Walgreens, Walmart, drugstores and Amazon. 3 oz. for $9.97.

Drugstore travel Neutrogena Sheer Zinc

Coppertone Clearly Sheer Whipped Sunscreen SPF 30 is very light but rich. It is water resistant, broad spectrum and absorbs quickly. Remember to reapply every 2 hours. Available at Walgreens, some drugstores and Amazon. A 5 oz. bottle is $19.04.

Drugstore Travel Essentials Coppertone

Cleansers & Makeup removers:

Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover easily removes mascara and eye shadow and leaves skin around the eyes moisturized. Available at Target, Walgreens, Walmart, CVS and Amazon. 5.5 oz. from $8.92.

Travel Essentials Makeup Remover

Travel Essentials Cleansing Gel




Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Cleansing Gel is oil-free. When you add it to water is becomes a sudsy lather that cleans without drying your skin. Available at Target, Walmart, Walgreens and Amazon. A 6 oz. bottle is $12.87.



Drugstore Travel Body Wash




Nivea Silk Mousse Body Wash is a luxurious moisturizing cleanser. Available at CVS and Smallflower. A 250 ml bottle is $9.95.



Dove Deep Moisture Shower Foam is another body wash that is very sudsy and leaves skin feeling moisturized. It is a mild and gentle formula. Available from Target, Walgreens, CVS, and Amazon. 34 oz. for $8.47.

Drugstore Travel Shower Foam

Burt’s Bees Skin Nourishment Gentle Foaming Cleanser is best for sensitive skin complexions. It is a sudsy non-irritating product that leaves skin feeling clean and soft. Available from Target, Walmart and Amazon. 4.8 oz. for $9.47. pix

Burt's Bees Travel Foam


Drugstore Travel Revlon Stain





Revlon Balm Stain is hydrating and provides a natural look with a hint of color. There are seven colors to choose from. Available from Walgreens, Walmart and Amazon. From $5.69.



Drugstore Travel Baby Lips




Maybelline New York Baby Lips color balm crayons are a hot product right now. The crayons moisturize but their pigments go on as a lipstick. Available from Walmart, Target, drugstores and Amazon. They come in seven colors. $2.79.



Burt's Bees Lip Oil Drugstore


Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Oil is brand new. It is deeply moisturizing and gives sheer color. It comes with a brush to make application easier than the ones in a tub. The oil is not sticky and leaves a glossy finish. Available from Target, drugstores and Amazon. There are six to choose from. $8.59 – $11.59.




Covergirl Total Tease Mascara is a thickening mascara with a tiny brush at the end of the wand to separate lashes. Available at drugstores, Walmart, CVS, Target and Amazon. Three shades to choose from. $9.97.

Drugstore Travel Covergirl Mascara

Drugstore Travel Eye Liner





Maybelline Master Precise Ink Pen Liner is in my travel makeup kit. It has a superfine tip and is easy to apply. Available from Walmart, Target, Walgreens and Amazon. $6.99.



Rimmel London #InstaFlawless Perfecting Radiant Skin Tint is not a BB cream, a foundation or a tinted moisturizer. It is a tint that leaves a delicate hint of coverage and glow. Available from Target and Amazon. 1 oz. for $6.99.

Drugstore Travel Essential Rimmel

Physician’s Formula Bronze Booster Contour and Strobe Palette in Shimmer. Three shimmery powder highlighters that go on smoothly and leave skin looking beautiful. Available from CVS, Walmart and Amazon. Available in two color palettes. $13.23 – $25.00.

Drugstore Essentials Eye Powder

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Concealer will minimize redness and discoloration. It also hides circles under your eyes. It comes in a stick and contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate. Available from Target, Amazon, CVS and Walmart.   It comes in five blendable shades. From $9.74 for .12 oz.

Drugstore Travel Essentials Concealer


Blush for Travel Kit





Revlon Insta-Blush is a soft stick that gives a warm flush to your skin with a little shimmer. Available from Target, Amazon and Walmart. It comes in four shades. $8.21.





Q-Tips Precision Tips are my new favorite discovery. They have pointed tips that easily remove mascara smudges. A little moisturizer on the end of the Q-Tip helps with smudge removal. Available from Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Amazon, CVS and other drugstores. $8.82 for a box of 170 of Precision Tips.

Travel Essentials Q-tips

Dickinson’s Witch Hazel on the go Towelettes are wonderful to keep handy when traveling. They take the itch or sting out of a bug bite and remove makeup. Witch Hazel is a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. Available from Walgreens, Amazon, Walmart, drugstores and Target. $7.21 for a box of 20.

Drugstore Witch Hazel Travel Towlettes

Dove Advanced Care Invisible Antiperspirant in Clear Finish leaves no white streaks on your black dress! It comes in two scents $9.36. Available from Target, Walmart, Amazon and Walgreens.

Drugstore Travel Deodorant

Note – Some of these items are small enough to be in your carry-on. For the ones that aren’t here are the approved travel size dispensers. $1.29 each.

Travel Essential Tubes


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