The Very Best Beauty Wipes for Travelers
Fabulous new beauty products—100 percent TSA approved.
With even historic holdouts now charging checked baggage fees—here’s looking at you, JetBlue—more and more travelers are rethinking the advantages of packing a carry-on. There’s no potential for lost luggage, no hold-up at baggage claim, and (on most airlines) no additional charges. It’s a win-win-win.
The only issue? TSA’s 3-1-1 rule, requiring that liquids brought through security be consolidated to one quart-sized plastic bag and limited to 3.4 ounces per container. That’s barely enough room for a week’s worth of shampoo, conditioner, and face wash, much less a multi-step skincare regimen.
But before you start pawning products off on your significant other, listen up. There’s a wipe for everything.
Gone are the days when “towelettes” (as they’re so often called) were relegated to diaper bags. Now, everything from make-up remover to perfume to deodorant comes in the liquid-free, TSA-approved form. Read on for our favorites.
Yes to Tomatoes Blemish Clearing Facial Wipes
Formulated with salisylic acid and tomato fruit extracts, Yes to Tomatoes facial wipes ($6 for 25 wipes) unclog pores, control oil production, and soothe redness to combat acne-prone skin. Plus, the wipes themselves are fully compostable, keeping with the company's eco-friendly mission.
Whish Deodorant Swipes
There's nothing worse than smelling like an airport. Freshen up en-route with Whish's oat extract-soaked wipes ($22 for 30 wipes) that fight odor while also inhibiting hair growth.
Nomaterra's Fragrance Wipes
With three destination-themed scents—Oahu (notes of gardenia and jasmin), Miami (orange blossom, pink pepper, ylang ylang), and Malibu (vanilla, caramel, honeysuckle)—Nomaterra ($20 for 12 wipes) offers a travel-friendly alternative to packing your perfume bottle.
Butter London Nail Polish Scrubbers
The only thing worse than opening your bag and finding a shampoo spill? Opening your bag to find a nail polish remover explosion. Enter Butter London's Scrubbers ($10 for 10 wipes). These individually-wrapped, 2-in-1 wipes strip away chipped polish, while also prepping nails for a new coat. Or, if glitter's your go-to mani, be sure to check out the line's textured wipes, designed specifically to take off the shiny stuff.
Kate Somerville Tanning Towelettes
A trip to the beach doesn't have to end in a burn. Get your bronze on (no sun required) with Kate Somerville's tanning towelettes ($48 for 8 wipes).
Simple Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes
Francophiles rejoice! Micellar water, a pharmacie cult-favorite, is finally available in a travel-friendly form. Simple's towelettes ($7 for $25) are infused with the stuff and gently wipe away makeup without drying skin.
Ponds Exfoliating Renewal Towelettes
No room in your carry-on for a Clarisonic? Pack these exfoliating wipes instead. The beads gently slough off dead skin, while a citrus-scented cleanser removes makeup and dirt, sans-water.
Acure Argan Oil Cleansing Towelettes
Stuck in an unplanned layover? Take a bird-bath mid-terminal with Acure's Argan Oil Cleansing Towelettes ($7 for 30). All-natural, unscented, and biodegradable, the face-and-body wipes cleanse and refresh, no shower necessary.
Caroline Hallemann is the associate digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @challemann.