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Holiday Gift Guide: Best Travel Beauty Cases

November 22, 2017

Best Travel Makeup Bags | The Beauty Look Book

I have my first holiday gift guide of the year! Today I’m rounding up some of the best travel beauty cases and makeup bags I love. If you’re in need of ideas for a fun unique gift, I think any of these would be great gift for the beauty lover or frequent traveler. When it comes to travel prep I’m always looking for good storage and packing solutions to organize and carry my things, especially beauty items. I’ve tried a lot of different options over the years. Many times I’ll use the freebies from gift with purchase events, but sometimes it’s nice to have something a little better quality that’s sturdier. If you’ve followed my packing travel posts you’ll probably recognize several of these bags. I’ve put each one to the test on different kinds of trips. I’m primarily a carry-on traveler so in general I’d say these bags work best for shorter trips. Quick note that all the cases come empty with the exception of the Away Mini Suitcases, but I’ve filled all of them with some of my favorite things to help show what you can fit inside. I hope this helps decide which option is best for your needs!

Mini Beauty Trunk Case

Bobbi Brown Beauty Case ($160, measures 6.406″ L x 3.844″ W x 8.609″ H) is something that has special meaning to me as Andrew gifted me a black leather case many years ago when we were in college. This was in our early dating days before he knew I was a beauty junkie! He found it at the airport in London before he flew back home one summer. It was the perfect gift and I used it for many years (I still have it!). Each year Bobbi Brown has released a new version. This year’s is a beautiful deep red. You can see everything that I fit inside the 2016 version which is nearly identical to this year’s inside.

I have actually fit this inside a carry-on suitcase in previous years, but as you can imagine it does take up a lot of room. For weekend trips it’s perfect. There have been times I just packed a weekender bag and this case. My black leather one has held up remarkably well. It can get dirty inside, especially if you store dirty brushes or have powders that spill. Mine has been relatively easy to clean with a damp cloth and canned air. Canned air works wonders to remove debris from almost anything!

This one has two levels, a top tier that can hold brushes or skinny perfumes and then a sectioned portion to hold compacts, liquids or lipsticks. The base is bigger/deeper so you can stack more inside. There is a nice gap on the top of the bottom (if that makes sense) so there’s a lot more room than you might think.

Bobbi Brown Beauty Case Review | The Beauty Look Book

Bobbi Brown Beauty Case 2017 Holiday

Clear Double-Sided Zip Pouch

Anya Hindmarch In-Flight Travel Case ($275, measures 8.7″D x 3.2″W x 4.7″H) is one of my most expensive makeup bag splurges. I can’t remember the exact date that I bought this but I know I’ve had it for over two years. It’s clear and has two zippered sides, one for Take-Off and one for Touch-Down. You can really put anything you want in it, but for flying it’s nice to have two sides to separate items so you don’t have to dig around your makeup bag to search for things. This bag has gone through a lot of travel and still has held up really well. It’s been through quite a bit of squishing, packing and use. Many of you have asked if I think this purchase was worth it. In this case I don’t know that I can say it’s worth the price tag because it’s soooo expensive, but it has held up a lot better than I anticipated, especially since it’s made of clear plastic and patent leather. So that being said I’m still 100% happy with this splurge because the quality has proved to be excellent.

Anya Hindmarch In-flight Travel Case

A closer look at both sides, on the Take-Off side I can stack 3 compacts flat to fit inside. The Touch-Down side is skinny in the opening but can still hold long tubes like Chanel glosses, cream shadow sticks, etc.

Anya Hindmarch Inflight Travel Case | The Beauty Look Book

Clear Flat Snap-Closure Pouch

Ouai Clear Envelope Pouch ($25) is currently sold out on their website which is the only place I could find to buy it. Right now you can buy it in their Under the Mistletoe Set. I’m hoping they restock eventually because it’s a great large flat pouch! Do note that since there is only one button clasp smaller things can be prone to falling out if you stuff it (versus a zip bag that won’t let anything spill). But for medium to larger size bottles it’s great! What I’ve fit inside below: Ouai Wave Spray, Ouai Hair Oil, Ouai Smooth Spray, Sunglasses, Byredo Hair Perfume in Mojave Ghost, Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo Mini, Oribe Swept Up Powder Spray, Fresh Sugar Lip, Atelier Cologne Minis, mini L’Occitane Divine Cream. I think the world needs more clear pouch options – they’re so handy for everything!

Ouai Clear Envelope Clutch | The Beauty Look Book

Large Leather Monogram Makeup Bags

The Daily Edited is a brand I discovered earlier this year. Their entire line is designed so you can have it customized and monogrammed! I ordered three items: one Black Large Cosmetic Case, one Taupe Large Cosmetic Case ($100 each, measures H 5.3″ x W 8.9″ x D 4.3″) and one of the Travel Cases ($120, measures H 5.9″ x W 9.4″ x D 3.5″). I have by initials in the blind embossed style SS. These are made of Saffiano Leather and are decent in quality, but the lining is not the best on the market. For something in the $100 range these are very good and I feel the large cosmetic cases are the best ones I’ve tried in terms of size, proportions and function. They are sturdy but the leather isn’t as thick or stiff as some other luxury brands so it’s bendable and prone to slight stretching in areas. Based on the occasions that I’ve used mine I just don’t think it’s something that will last as long as say something from Louis Vuitton. That being said, I do understand if you throw something in a suitcase packed with other items it’s bound to get smashed or worn so this isn’t a deal breaker for me. I brought one of the large bags with me on my trip to San Francisco and felt it was perfect in shape/size. It gets the job done and even though I think it could be better quality these are among my favorites for the style.

I’ve also used the Large Travel Case and it has an upper portion with compartments and leather straps with holes. This seems to be perfect for someone who wears a lot of jewelry or travels with different pieces. You can store earrings and also keep items separated. I’m a minimalist when it comes to jewelry, especially with travel as I’m always worried I’m going to lose something so this part didn’t really appeal to me. There’s a bottom portion that’s larger where you can store beauty products, compacts or other accessories. For an all around travel case it’s beautiful. For beauty I’ve found other options better suited to what I pack but it is a beautiful case and I can see many people using it for accessories, jewelry, etc.

The Daily Edited Large Cosmetic Case and Travel Case

A look inside and side view of the Large Cosmetic Case:

The Daily Edited Large Cosmetic Case Black

A look at the Large Travel Case, both tiers:

The Daily Edited Large Travel Case

Mini Travel Cases

Away Mini Suitcases are back this year! If you remember last year they had the Grey/Asphalt color as gift card cases which were super cute. They measure 7″ x 5″ x 3″ and this is the first year they’ve offered them to the public in 10 different colors, including their winter colors Frost and Pool. Each mini is available as a stand-alone for $35 or free with the purchase of a gift card. There are also some curated sets ranging from $45 to $95 packed with some of their TSA-sized essentials. Shown below are White, Asphalt and Brick Mini Suitcases next to the Away Carry-On (the black one been well-loved by my husband, this is the original one they launched back in 2015). You can buy all of these directly from their website Away Travel or one of their stores (New York, San Francisco, LA and Austin so far).

Away Mini Suitcases Holiday Sets

Each one has the same interior which has a grey mesh pocket and open inside, much like the Away suitcases. Below I have a closer look at the interior and some of the fun curated options they have. You can mix and match the colors in any of the sets. Right now they are sold out of the Beauty Set and Essentials Set but I’ve been told they are going to restock soon. The pink one is going to be restocked (they hope next week!). All others are limited-edition while supplies last. I love that these come wrapped in a drawstring cloth sack – it’s an extra special touch that makes these so cute. I was gifted 3 and promptly ordered a bunch more to give as gifts this year. Cameras shown below include the Leica Sofort Instant Print Camera and Sony NEX-6 (discontinued, current model is Sony A6000 Camera). You can also see my Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer review here (and yes I still think it’s my favorite).

Away Carry On Suitcase with Holiday Mini Suitcases

So many of you have asked for a look at the inside of these cases so are more photos. They plan on restocking the sold-out sets around next week so keep an eye out for them! For now you can still buy the Individual Mini Suitcase in all the colors for $35 each (some have sold out, but pink is going to be restocked).

  • The Beauty Set $75 comes with mini Malin + Goetz Shampoo and Conditioner, RMS Beauty Lip Shine in Bloom, IGK Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo, Herbivore Deluxe Rose Mist, Wallpaper’s City Guide to Paris
  • The Essential Set $45 comes with Malin + Goetz Mini Face Moisturizer, Mini Face Wash, Marvis Toothbrush, Marvis Toothpaste, Deep Sleep This Works mini pillow spray, Wallpaper City Guide for London
  • The Field Set $75 comes with a mini Harry’s face lotion, Malin + Goetz deoderant, Public Supply Notebook and Wallpaper City Guide for  for Austin
  • Interior color is the same for all cases, one mesh pocket and an open interior

Away Holiday Gift Sets Mini Suitcases

Clear + Leather Pouches

Truffle Clarity Jetset Cases ($85 each, measures 7 1/2” L X 5 1/4” H X 2″ W). They launched non-flat pouches this year and I was thrilled! I ordered two of the three colors for myself and really like how they are constructed. They are on the expensive side for the size but I think they’re great for throwing in your carry-on tote. I find the quality pretty good and there’s enough structure to it that it will retain its shape well. I didn’t want to love these at the price but now that I’ve purchased two I’m really glad that I did. I’ve been a fan of the flat pouches for such a long time it’s nice to see something with more depth!

Truffle Clarity Jetset Cases and Mini Clarity Pouch | The Beauty Look Book

Large Open Clear Zip Bags

MAC Clearly MAC Large Rectangle ($30, measures 8.5″ x 5.38″ x 5″) is one of the more affordable clear bags that I own and think it’s sturdy and well made for the price. They’ve had several variations over the year and this is the current one. They also have the Clearly MAC Rectangle ($26, measures 9.25″ x 3.5″ x 3.38″) which I’ve had on my wishlist for brushes. I’ve tried a number of brush rolls in the past and while they’re great – sometimes I just want something more basic, simple and open. View of the front, back and side – it’s pretty roomy!

MAC Clearly MAC Large Rectangle Makeup Bag

On My Radar

Net-A-Porter Holiday Beauty Kit ($115) is one that I do not own but spotted it online for one of their holiday kits and it looks like a steal! If you’re budget is around the $100 mark and want to gift a little bit of everything this kit has just that. The clear case looks promising for travel as well.

Net-A-Porter Holiday Beauty Kit

That wraps up my gift guide on favorite travel beauty cases for carry-on travelers. If you have any friends or family that already have all the beauty products and you’re stumped on what to get them, I think a makeup bag or travel case is a great alternative.

This week’s giveaway is going to be a Bobbi Brown Beauty Case + Away Mini Suitcase in Brick! I bought a Bobbi Brown case but was also sent one as a press sample, so I’m giving away my extra. I also ordered a ton of the minis to give away as gifts and I’m adding one to this giveaway. As a bonus I’ll be filling both with some makeup goodies but the picks will be customized based on the winner’s skintone, skintype and preferences. This giveaway is open internationally but you must be 18 years or older to qualify. Simply follow any of the tasks provided in the widget below.

  • Runs through 11/29/2017 11:45 PM EST
  • I’ll pick 1 winner via the Rafflecopter widget below and e-mail them within 72 hours after giveaway ends
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Do you have any favorite travel makeup bags? Are you a carry-on traveler or do you check your suitcases? Stay tuned for more gift guides, Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales Roundup and more!

Press samples include the Away Mini Suitcases and MAC Clearly MAC Rectangle Bag. Other pouches and bags purchased by me.

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  • nina

    I LOVE make up travel bags ! I have a desley one, very useful, but it’s king of old know. I have to buy a new one, and the Bobbi brown seems very cute and practical ! I like the facts that there is two compartments.

  • olivia

    Ohh, I love how neutral and minimal the away cases look… might need to upgrade this year!

  • Megan Harrington

    OMG i really really want the Bobbi Brown case. It’s so beautiful. Thank you for including the dimensions of all of these cases on this post – it was very helpful in addition to the photos.

  • Ellemomo

    My one must-have travel beauty item is the Sephora brand mini flat iron! It’s $30, does a great job of smoothing my curly roots (wouldn’t want to use it for whole head) and it’s so much smaller than a regular sized flat iron!

  • stephanieamccoy

    That brick color is gorgeous!

  • My one must have travel item is mascara – my blonde eyelashes require it!

  • tsrobin

    Do you have any suggestions for a make-up roll case for brushes?

    • I’ve tried one from MustaeV (Bloom Pouch) and Make Up For Ever, but they’re open vs having individual slots for brushes. I’ve also had the Tom Ford Brush case that I bought many years ago but it didn’t hold all the brushes I like to travel with!

  • fgirl

    My one must have travel beauty item is lip balm.

  • Truth Lacks Lyricism

    I always bring the Cosrx pimple patches with me when I travel!

  • Kate Rebmann

    My must haves for travel are all my mini size beauty products! I really need to get one of these cute travel cases though! I am currently using a variety of Vera Bradley cases.

  • Jen D.

    I’ve used the Hold Me Cosmetic bag for years. It’s pretty good but not great. That Bobbi Brown beauty case is gorgeous. Definitely wouldn’t mind an early Christmas gift. LOL! Thanks for this review. Helpful as always.

  • Kristen

    My must have travel beauty item is dry shampoo, gotta have it. Really loving the Away mini-suitcase!

  • Darya

    My travel must have is Cor silver soap, my skin is super oily, this soap help to clean my skin deeply and prevent breakouts.

  • Shelby

    That Bobbi Brown case is GORGEOUS.
    For travel, I use the Sephora x Mara Hoffman makeup bags and I get so many compliments on them.

  • Katherine Campbell

    My must have travel beauty item is moisturizer! My skin always gets so dry when I travel!

  • Lauren

    Makeup wipes are now a must have even though I rarely use them at home.

  • dkim5

    Loved this post! So informative. The one thing I have to have at all times is a highlighter. Love me a glowy face!

  • Holly

    Sabrina ~ you turned me on to the Truffle cases and I LOVE them. The quality is beautiful. I need more. I too have been looking for a “holy grail” travel case for my coveted japanese makeup brushes. Would love to hear your thoughts/ideas on that.

  • Fat White Cat

    I can’t travel without a heavy duty cuticle balm – my hands get so dry on flights!

  • Amy Shin

    I currently use a Muji bag that zips up but can also be opened and hung up, which is super convenient but it’s not big enough for trips longer than a few days, where I’ll need more things.

  • Melinda G

    My travel size Tatcha Cleansing Oil…

  • I have several travel beauty cases, a very big one that I only use when I travel for a long time / move, a “trunk case” similar to the Bobbi Brown one (but from oysho- lmao) for longer trips, and a pouch for weekend trips. I need to buy another “trunk case” tho, the one I have is so old… I’d love that Bobbi Brown tbh <3

  • Jessica

    My must have travel item is a pink structured cosmetics case I got from Sisley as a free gift with purchase. It’s durable, and so cute.

  • Amy K

    I bought last year’s Bobbi Brown case and I love it.

  • Ha H.

    I bought the black Bobbi brown case years ago and really like it. I love reading your blog! It’s so detailed and a pleasure to read. Also, my must have travel beauty item is chapstick! Lol

  • Leah Davis

    I always bring my fav Alterna Moisturizing Conditioner…it helps so much with detangling!

  • Carol B

    So timely! This month I’ve been looking at your old posts since I’m on the lookout for a new makeup bag. Thank you for consolidating into one to help me make a decision!

  • Husa

    I literally screenshot all of these! I travel quite often and like to keep my makeup and skincare tidy. I also take a lot of different perfumes depending on my mood, so it’s great to have options, as well as price ranges.

  • Meegan

    I can never leave house to travel without my Slip Eye Mask!

    • BeachFries

      Is it worth it? Contemplating on getting one from Dermstore’s sale..

      • Meegan

        I love it, but I cannot sleep without an eye mask!

  • julia

    I always have minis of my Drunk Elephant products!

  • anna

    The cuyana travel case set is nice too!

  • Anjali

    I always travel with a moisturizing face mist like CAUDALÍE Beauty Elixir or Mario Badescu Rosewater Spray!

  • Kim Mckain

    I must have a neutral lipstick that I can use as both blush and lipstick in case I would get in a jam.

  • Stephanie

    Must haves in my carry on bag: hand sanitizer and face wipes.

  • Anna

    So many amazing options!

    Have a million must-have travel items, but Bioderma, Good Genes + Chanel perfume top the list xx

  • pinksuzanne

    My must have are my Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes.

  • kimair

    i’ve heard good things about the daily edited pieces. thanks for the reviews; definitely want to check those out!

  • My must-have travel beauty item is definitely hand cream. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • ####

    My must have for traveling is definitely hand creams (and maybe one of my favourite nail polishes)!

  • Emily Miklos

    Have found great clear bags in Walgreens and Boots. My concern is always that the clear material will get “foggy” (had that happen with Sephora versions). And those that I have found in Walgreens/Boots don’t do that.

  • nic

    I am boring, the one thing I must have at all times is Aquaphor.

  • Kristy Michael (WalkaboutKrist

    My must have travel beauty item is my PurseN Diva Makeup Case. I LOVE it! it’s big, but it holds everything. And it comes with several clear plastic compartments inside.

  • Novona

    My must have is my moisturizer with sunscreen. Nice giveaway!

  • Lauren Costello

    That Anya Hindmarch case…swoon 😍. My must have is homeoplasmine to keep my lips moist with all the dry air on the plane and in the hotel.

  • FernandaRAndrade

    My must have travel beauty is not really a beauty thing, its my sunscreen…

  • Katie

    Thank you for doing this review and giveaway! My must-have travel item are my cleansers (I have to have an oil based one and a foaming one). I truly would freak out if I didn’t pack them 😉

  • Kaja Elisabeth Budd Hytland

    I have yet to find the perfect make-up bag, but I’m hoping it’s the Anya Hindmarch case. I more or less have a fetish for clear make-up bags, and I’m pretty sure I will find it under the tree this year!

  • I love them all! Thank you for the review and the amazing giveaway! 🙌🏻

  • DRTVrMoi

    My must have beauty items for travel (and life in general) are eye masks. You can never get enough beauty sleep

  • J Lee

    I travel relatively frequently and usually try to limit myself to a carry on. But if you could see the sheer amount of skincare/makeup products I travel with, you’d totally laugh. Thus, the ever evolving attempts at space maximization. My favorite trick so far is to use 10 ml plastic airless pump bottles for most of my skincare (that’s 1/3 of an ounce, with is plenty of most products for a week long trip). Also, Daiso has some cheap 12 ml spray bottles that I use for toner and the like.

  • Joni

    I always think ambitiously, like I’ll take the time to make myself look all pretty while on my trip… but then I get there and I’ve got better things to do, so I slack—a lot. I pack everything, but if I were being honest, all I really need is mascara, face wipes, and a tried + true lipstick… or even just a chapstick, lol

    love some of these suggestions btw, thanks for including some not-so-high-end ones along with the others! 🙂

  • degreesofshining

    Oh how I love travel bags, pouches and cases! I do not travel nearly enough, but when I do, I always review my options and often add new items! 😉

  • Jenny

    Love these cases! Love your posts.

  • Gabriela Zapata

    My must have beauty items for travel are Su:m37 Secret essence mist and Laneige lip mask.

  • Sharon Macklin

    I ordered the Away case in Green…and will get the pink when it comes back! Love your reviews, as usual!

  • Ilina Sandler

    I have so many random makeup bags! i have to do a regular purge because i don’t have space for all of them. The net a porter holiday beauty kit is very intriguing. Lots of stuff I’ve been wanting to try… Thanks for sharing!

  • Adriana Luza

    My must have beauty items for travel are Mario Badescu facial spray and Farmacy lip bloom.

  • Lara Fung

    I love the clarity jetset cases! I also have the large cosmetics bag from TDE and i love it!

  • Kristen

    My one must have travel beauty item is the Bite agave lip mask. I am a lip balm junkie, especially on a plane.

  • Alix

    My must-have beauty item for travel is sunscreen, followed closely by lip balm and tweezers!

  • Sena

    My one must have travel beauty item is a face mask!!!

  • Sandy D

    my one must have when traveling is hair oil 🙂

  • T.

    mu must have is dry shampoo

  • emeris

    My must have travel item is the extra repair moisture cream by Bobbi Brown. This cream always helps my skin bounce back when traveling, especially after a long flight. I really like the Away cases you reviewed and that it would match their suitcases. Have a great day.

  • Lisa

    I’ve had the truffle on my want list for so long that I should just bite the bullet.

  • Lisa

    My one must have travel beauty item is Mario Badescu’s enzyme cleansing gel (sample size). It is so refreshing when I feel a little “travel blah”, and I just can’t switch to anything else. First thing I look forward to!

  • Anne Capitant

    It’s funny, I’ve been oogling the Bobbi Brown cases for AGES since they started doing them. And the Away mini cases are insanely cute! I wish they were permanent!

  • Shermin

    Awesome post! Love your blog!

  • teadivamuse

    Dr. Bonner’s Unscented Baby Pump soap. Face, hair and body wash, tooth pasted stand-in, hand wash undies. The Pump soap is ultra moisturizing, unlike the iconic regular formula which is a bit drying for my mature sensitive skin. An all-arounder that I never travel without.

  • alicia szemon

    my travel item is dry shampoo!

  • Swingtime

    My Charlotte Tilbury Instant look in a Palette is the thing I always travel with. I can do any look, quickly, from day to night (and not a lot of brushes) with it.

    What a great post! There are some really clever options–I especially like the In-Flight bag and the Mini Suitcases are so clever! I’m may treat myself to one for the holiday. And thanks for the outstanding photos of the Bobbi Brown suitcases. The photos on the site are very poor.

  • Deb

    Awesome, review I have been looking to replace my Trish makeup travel case.

  • Jennie WP

    Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in medium, cause I use it every single day!


    Whenever I travel, I need toner that I use to clean my face on the go, lip balm (such an essential when you change the environment and the water) and hand cream because I have a thing with having my hands hydrated all the time

  • Heather Raye

    mascara is my must-have product for travel! I don’t always end up wearing the other makeup I pack, but mascara is the one thing that always makes me feel somewhat put-together.

  • Panna

    Great timing on this post, thanks for the helpful info!

  • Amanda Jimenez

    Lip balm is my must have travel beauty item. I’m loving lanolips right now.

  • GK

    Sunscreen!!! So necessary!

  • Maria Luiza Fatahi Bandpey

    Lipstick! I can’t even go out without wearing lipstick!

  • Ruth Preminger

    The beautiful Guerlain meteorites compact that you bought me when I won your Sephora giveaway!! Great post, hope I win again!

  • Erin Rae Jumper

    Eye cream! I’ll pack free sample packets of Bobbi Brown eye cream in my purse to swipe on during the plane flight. I’ll only partially rub it in, put on big sunglasses and take a nap during the flight.

  • Mary O’Hara

    I love seeing all of these comparisons laid out so nicely! I can’t travel without ear plugs, and I love having fuzzy socks to put on during long flights so my feet don’t get too cold.

  • aidel townsley

    Do you have any favorites that are pretty inexpensive? With a big amount of storage space? My favorite travel product is definitely the new Huda Beauty Obsessions palettes.

  • Jameela Ramirez

    Whenever I travel I need to bring a facial spray to refresh my face on the airplane!

  • Valaurie Juli

    That Bobbi Brown case is divine! I don’t even travel a lot but I
    simply adore travel cases! When I do travel I always make sure to bring Smith’s Rosebud Salve. it is the most versatile product! I’ve used it for lips, burns, to tame fly away’s for hair, and in a pinch I’ve even used it to condition leather boots!

  • Erin

    Great post! I’ve had my eye on all Truffle bags for awhile – I may have to splurge at their Black Friday sale.

  • Jenny B

    My must-have travel beauty item is dry shampoo! i love the OG Batiste one because it helps make my hair look clean and gives it volume (which is must needed after a flight).

  • Angel

    Need to have some brows so must have my brow products. Currently loving Shu Uemura hard nine pencil

  • Yiing Zhi Teh

    Awesome guide! Clear pouches are indispensable 😉

  • Meghan M

    Thank you for a great most! My must have travel item is sunscreen wherever I go!


    As someone who’s always trying to find better ways to store their makeup during travel, this post is a lifesaver! I hope to pick up the Daily Edited large travel case soon.

  • redbaronsg

    I have the Anya Hindmarch flight bag too I was able to get one on sales and use it all the time! I’m all about carrying on my bag- I have the Away bigger carry on and I always have my mini flat iron for my hair

  • Laurence

    My no. 1 travel item is supergoop serum.
    Beautiful photos and super informative post.

  • Chelsea

    That Bobbi Brown bag is gorgeous! I always struggle to fit my eyeshadow palettes in travel bags, so I’m definitely checking these out!

  • Melissa

    I would bring a sunscreen as my number one travel item! I don’t have a good travel bag at the moment so I would be thrilled to win one!

  • Gail A

    Facial spray. Chanel..MAC..Kiehls. Any kind all day long

  • Love this post! So helpful

  • Leann

    I have to have my Good Genes

  • Michelle

    I am thankful for all of the beauty you bring to our lives. Your pics are always amazing and your descriptions are spot on! I love these cases. Beauty and bringing it “to go” is an art form. These really allow you to travel in style.

  • Koalaj

    My number one travel beauty item is a good makeup remover! Currently using the Farmacy balm – love it.

  • Janet Dunleavy

    My can’t travel without item is Josie Maran Argan oil. I use it as a multi-tasker. Facial oil, keep my hands and cuticles nice, tame fly-away hairs, condition the ends of my hair, my makeup remover, and to hydrate the skin on my body.

  • Sanda Remakus

    I always travel with my Josie Maryann argan daily moisturizer SPF 47.

  • niche

    I used to use the free ones you’d get with the Clinique GWP but I use a clear case from Laura Mercier plus a big Shu Uemura bag that has pockets, different sections and is a softcase. I prefer that since I find it easier to pack /squish.

  • SAJ

    I travel a lot for work, and have this zip-top clear bag from Vera Bradley (gift from mom) that is perfect for small shampoo, conditioner, face wash, tweezers, lip balm, and travel size Bobbi Brown extra repair eye and face cream. That is always packed and ready to go!

  • Elise Alyson

    The Truffle Jetset cases look so cool! I am tempted to buy one but I had such bad luck with their clarity pouch, the plastic quickly got foggy and gross. I know you’re a big fan of these, how do you keep the plastic on your Truffle items looking so nice?

  • Mary C

    Whenever I travel, I must bring my Innisfree Triple Care Sunblock, Bioderma Cleansing water and Melvita Nectar Supreme. Currently, I’m still using a rectangular, zipped beauty case that I got as a PWP from Estee Lauder.

  • Catherine Shi

    Oh man. I love the look of the Away cases and the new Truffle Jetset cases. I always feel like I have too many makeup bags to justify buying any more but 😡 I’m currently using a large LeSportsac for makeup and stuffing all my liquids in the rose gold clear case that came with the Sephora build-your-own hair care sampler (which I’m sure is more than 1qt but TSA hasn’t called me on it yet XD), but I hate how hard it is to fish around to find what I’m looking for.

  • Tatiana

    Thanks for posting all these options. I’m still looking for that perfect travel cosmetic case. I thought I wanted one of the Bobbi Brown cases after seeing your post about it a while back. But I think I’d actually prefer something flatter to fit into my suitcase.

  • Eeva Wan

    My must-have item would be the good ol’ classic The Original Vegesorb! Really works like MAGIC – for my face, body and really just anywhere that need some simple and basic moisturizing lotion. Perfect for both cold and hot weather. I don’t know why but it just works every single time. Not too greasy for hot and humid days (I’m based in Malaysia and Singapore); not to light for heavy winter too (I survived the winter in Tokyo!!). highly recommended for a traveler who on the go – this is really a good, fuss free lotion.

  • Shilpa Shetty

    Bobbi Brown Beauty Case is very nice,.. I need it,. My baby shower gift is pending, so need to nag my hubby 🙂 My must-have travel beauty item is sheet mask,.. I love sheet masks,.. so i always carry them while travelling

  • lbtcouture

    When I travel, I have to have my clear truffle cases for all of my beauty products -one for skin/makeup and one for hair! I really want one of those mini Away cases, and a few suitcases to match. So cute!!

  • jloveusa

    Really like like like this topic!!! Do you offer the promote code from Truffle? Have a wonderful Thanksgiving <3

  • astaraellas

    skincare!! i just use a basic gentle cleanser like cetaphil

  • Daisy

    I am obsessed with finding the right travel cases for different occasions like going to gym, weekend get away, long haul international trips, great post.

  • Renee Tan

    This post makes the pouch-obsessed me sooooo satisfied. I’m always looking for the perfect pouch/case, but sadly I have yet to find one.

  • I have a travel case from a holiday set from Tarte that is very convenient for travel. It has a hook to hang and 3 separate compartments, one clear and two with mesh so you can see everything you’re carrying with you.

  • Andreia SPR

    Great post! I love the Bobby Brown case, beautiful and practical.

  • Frederike

    Thank you so much for this post, I have been looking for a good travel case for ages!
    My one beauty essential I never go without is a brown eyeliner that can also double as an eyebrow pencil. A bit of liner, and a good brow have transformed even the most tired me!

  • Antonia

    First of all I love travel cases so much. I’m currently using Charlotte Tilbury ones. I’m traveling often and always collect travel sizes to fit in my travel cases. I saw the Net-A-Porter one too, but wasn’t to sure about it. I really want to try the byredo Hair perfume now. 🙂 Thanks for the great post!! x Antonia

  • MBAMommy

    Must have travel beauty item is a huge bottle of water! I find all the moisturizers and lip balms in the world dont keep my skin hydrated unless i down water before and during the flight. 😋

  • Grace k

    My must have travel item is mini scissors! You never know when you need to cut/trim something

  • Cassy KG

    I’m so glad you did this post! I always see your makeup bags and they’re all so pretty. I really want the anya hindmarch makeup bag but it’s just pricey. I like something with a strap handle like the LV nice bb.
    My must have beauty item is moisturizer!

  • Eileen

    Three cheers for the Truffle Clarity Jetset Case! I bought one after reading your initial review awhile back and loved it so much and found it so useful that I bought a second one. One or both have gone on many a trip with me be it an all day excursion or a full fledged vacation. The case is attractive, sturdy, well constructed, and is made of high quality materials which will insure many more years of use. I use one case for on-the-go beauty essentials and the other for practical items like earbuds, charger, etc. And, I think it is genius that I can open the case, set it on my lap and everything is visible and within easy reach. $85? When I consider the cost of what I put in these cases, it’s no big deal. Obviously, if you’re not going to be using this case very frequently that might seem steep, but anyone who spends a lot of time on the go will consider it an excellent investment. No, I don’t work or get compensated in any way by Truffle. LOL. I’m just a very happy customer.

  • Ilona

    Love this post! I’ve been eyeing the AWAY mini suitcase but can’t decide on the color. Would love to bring it on my next trip and the sturdy case will definitely prevent my AmorePacific essential creme fluid from spilling!

  • Ysabel

    My must have travel item is a good tinted moisturizer sunscreen. I like the ones Coola makes for Tommy Bahama.

  • fujifan23

    I need to have a mist with me, especially since my skin dries out so easily. I like the ones from Kiehl’s or Josh Rosebrook.

  • AmyB

    My must have travel item is a candle for my hotel room! My favorite is Diptyque Figuier!

  • BeachFries

    I always travel with a good tinted sunscreen moisturizer…I love the ones Coola makes for Tommy Bahama

  • Eliza Zylkiewicz

    Missha bb cream – anything else I replace with whatever as needed

  • The Ouai flat pouch would be my pick, especially if they made a smaller version. I travel with a backpack so flat pouches are easiest to stuff!

  • Hyein K

    oh my god the away mini suitcase is like….😍😍😍 I totally fell in love the moment I saw the photo!!

  • Lauren Spohn

    I always have to travel with good face wipes and skincare. My skin freaks out on planes and trips in general.

  • Ali

    Thanks for the giveaway. I like to travel with just a carry on. So much easier and time friendly at the airports.

  • jeansco84

    I love clear cases, makes it so much easier to locate stuff! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jenn E

    I loves all of the makeup cases you’ve highlighted. I’ve always preferred makeup cases over pouches because I find that they hold more and are easy to rummage through. I don’t have a proper makeup organizer so most of my makeup items permanently live in a makeup case. My must have travel item is lip and cheek stain.

  • Madcarlotta

    Travel? What’s THAT? I used to travel but now I’m a mom to a boisterous, spirited (aka cuckoo pants!) toddler so I don’t go anywhere anymore besides playdates and kiddo music and dance classes. So now my biggest travel must-have is probably baby wipes. Seriously! I buy Burt’s Bees cucumber face wipes in bulk from Amazon and use them for every conceivable purpose (except diapering though I’ve been tempted in a pinch!) They’re great for makeup removal, freshening up, heck I’ve dusted w/ em…I admit it. My daughter is a lil Diva-in-Training as she loves the cucumber scent when I wipe her face and hands w/ them. She also loves La Mer lip balm – at age 2 – so I think I’m in trouble w/ this kid! 😂👼🏻

  • Real Mom

    I seriously may have to unfollow you and I may have to pass over your blog! in a word : ADDICTIVE. Thanks so much for the insight. My wants list is super long and my holiday wish list even longer!

  • Liz

    The truffle pouches are on my list

  • Valerie Manke

    I need a sleep mask and a good hand cream.

  • nelle

    My must have for travel is a good lip balm!

  • Faby

    I always make sure to bring travel size shampoo & conditioner – specifically Living Proof No Frizz….obsessed! Thx so much for this giveaway! It’s crazy but I was actually looking for cosmetic bags this week hah!

  • omg, thank you so much for this post!! I travel so often and I have so many makeup bags, but this really helps with deciding which one is the best for where I’m headed. hope you’re having a lovely thanksgiving. xo

  • Eric Brandon

    I love some of these ideas! Even as a guy, it’s nice to have a holder for all my toiletries.

  • Karin Moore

    I’ve been in love with Truffle bags for years – for myself and as gifts! ❤️

  • Petunia

    My must have for travel is hand cream and moisturizer. I get so dry on planes. I also like having a little travel toothbrush. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jeanie M.

    I always have to have a good lip balm wth me. My lips seem to stay chapped.

  • Wai Yee

    I love traveling with face masks, especially ones from My Scheming Black Mask!

  • Lourdes

    I have been using the clear bags like the ones from MAC for a long time but some of the other ones shown here are just gorgeous.

  • Karen E Young

    I always pack a travel sized box of qtips as they come in handy to clean up eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara or eyebrow pencil mistakes.

  • Ruby Lam

    Other than my regular skincare, I always bring some sheet masks just in case. Lately loving the Minon Amino Moist sheet masks for sensitive skin!

  • Neet

    Thank you for this awesome giveaway. I absolutely love clear makeup bags! I just purchased a cute one from madewell and I love it. I travel often, and my must have would have to be my chanel translucent powder because it sets my makeup so well!

  • So many stunning cases! I love keeping my makeup in a case rather than a bag because I feel like it is so much more protected

    Ellie xx

  • Sushma P

    I always carry a lipstick in red shade whenever I travel

  • Isabella Gonzales

    I always bring with me at least 6-7 different lipstick when I travel because a girl needs options 😅 I also can’t travel without a facial wash (I like the one from Simple Skincare or Innisfree)

  • Anastasiya

    My must have is travel size shampoo, mask and skincare, lip balm, hand cream and eyes patch!

  • Jessica Maenner

    Can’t leave home without Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat in Pillowtalk!

  • Trudi

    I so need a case as I am traveling to San Diego next year. I cannot live without a moisturizer, like a rich Chanel as I am so very dry all the time.

  • Rosie Rayos

    omg…overwhelmed and tempted to get everything you post about!

  • Kelly Commerford

    Micellar Water

  • Susan K

    This post is so helpful! I can’t travel without quite a lot of face products especially face masks and lip balm.

  • Melissa.rva

    Hello Sabrina ! When I travel I need two things : my bite beauty lipbalm and l’occitane hand cream ! I can’t choose between this two items, they are equally essentials 🙂 I need all moisture possible for my skin anyway when I travel !

  • Laurie M.

    Sabrina, you are killing me right now! I am feeling those Truffle clutches :). My must-have travel item is hand cream. My hands get painfully dry in-flight.

  • Cinnamon Tea

    Must travel with Aveda hand cream, Burt’s Bee’s tinted lip ccbalm, and Kleenex. The goal is to be ash and ( I’m sorry) crust free.

  • Jennifer Ryder

    I always bring my Aquis hair towel when I travel.

  • Katy

    I can never travel without my eyebrow pencil.

  • This is SUCH an amazing giveaway and I loved this post. I always love makeup bags and am forever on the search of a good one. I’ve been eyeing the Away one as I have the luggage and think it would go together perfectly. I also spotted the BB one on Tamira Jarrel’s page and looooved it.

    Cindy |

  • Jessica

    I love taking ALL the minis when I travel. I travel once a year but my ears always prick up when I hear “this product is great for travelling..”

  • Christina

    I always bring my blush. Without it, I look unalive!

  • Jasmine

    I can’t decide on having to list just one must have beauty item! I always lug my entire day and night routine wherever I travel! Even on staycations! Honestly, my beauty products take up more space than my clothes! If I really have to choose one, it will definitely be my Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel as I have very sensitive skin!

  • Just ONE travel beauty item? I’m on the road a lot and I have to say that there are a few I cannot live without.

    1) Two masks: Moisture and Clarifying. I’ve been liking the Clarins Hydra (blue tube) and the Origins pink clay masks to keep in my bag!
    2) Dyson Supersonic! Seriously. I tried to travel without a blowdryer but most hotel dryers just damage your hair or make a good blowout impossible. Luckily the Dyson is small enough to fit in my bag nicely (I upgraded from the DryBar Buttercup)
    3) GooTubes! These are the best for shampoo/conditioner etc.
    4) HAND CREAM!!! Any good hand cream will do. I’m a fan of Clarins and La Roche Posay!

  • Alice

    Thank you for the reviews. I was keeping my eye on the Away case.

  • Elizabeth Siegel

    My favorite travel container is my Mara Hoffman train case. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  • Lara

    I’m so in love with the Away mini cases, they’re just too cute and perfect! And that Bobbi Brown case… I mean, I can’t even. Just gorgeous!

  • Eda Gur

    Mine is definitely a moisturizing cream!

  • Erin

    Thank you for hosting this!! I am dying for one of the away minis – they are so cute!

  • Christie

    I love the mini Away case. Thanks for the travel storage reviews!

  • Shann M

    My most important beauty product during travel is my foreo. It’s the best way to cleanse your face and charge last forever!

  • Lisa L

    The Mini Suitcase is adorable! For me, my travel must have is a good concealer – the NARS creamy concealer has been my staple!

  • kelly

    I graduated college and I have been job hunting… and YES! for travel. I am planning on on-site interviews and your selection of items could help! when I travel, I always bring my hand cream because I tend to get really nervous and need something to soothe myself and my hands get dry really quick. I LOVE AWAY TRAVEL BAG! it is so adorable and I have been wanting to get one… but first is to get a job. haha

  • Petunia

    I love travel accoutrements! So fun to see your collection all together.

  • Petunia

    I have to have a facial mist and toothbrush/paste on the plane. Hand cream is a must too. So is lip balm.

  • Estelle Bnrd

    So many bags for travelling! I don’t have any solid bag for that and always wondering if anything will be broken and the end of the trip.. so that’s a good idea for Santa 😉

  • urbanangel

    Wow so many beautiful travel cases. I wish more were available in Singapore!

  • A lightweight moisturiser for my dehydrated but oily skin, something like the Niod Multi Molecular Hydration Complex which is hyaluronic acid – doesn’t overload my skin but since I generally fly to holidays it’s so good on the plane or for injecting moisture into whatever else I’m using.

  • Mirabelle Tseng

    I can’t travel without my phone! Well mainly coz I wanna take pictures. I’m going on my honeymoon to 4 cities in Italy next spring and woohoo! As for makeup items I can’t travel without It Cosmetics Cc cream, it has spf too so def need it!

  • Toya

    It never even occurred to me to have a structured travel bag for my cosmetics! I always just use whatever random GWP bag is kicking around my bathroom cabinets. Now I want one of these desperately! I’m not sure I have a travel must-have, probably coconut oil because it has so many uses! (makeup removal, moisturization for skin and hair, etc).

  • Oda

    Such a good giveaway!! My must have travel beauty item is definitely a good lip balm. And maybe a face mist too.

  • Holly

    I check all my makeup/toiletries because I like to have everything in one place and can’t stand the cluttery mess I end up with after I come home with all those little bottles/containers of half used depotted product!

  • Glenda

    One item I can never travel without is moisturiser. I use the Embryolisse one.
    I love this cases/bags by BB!

  • Jmach

    Such a great review on these amazing travel cases! The away minis are everything!

  • Leanna Ernest

    My must have travel beauty item is always some sort of lip balm. Right now I’m loving the Clinique Pep Start Night Mask. <3

  • Daniela

    I just got the Net-a-porter beauty set. The case is relatively big and sturdy. I‘m looking forward to try all the products..

  • Chloe

    I love the multi-tier makeup cases – I feel like they will make me be organized! My travel beauty must have is a nice glowly tinted moisturizer (my current fave is the Nars Pure Radiant one).

  • disqus_xFzV2DL83i

    SO helpful – ordered the bobbi brown, can’t wait to see if everything fits in it. i’m excited to not have my compacts/palettes shatter when traveling! thanks xx

  • Marina

    I usually carry with me Mimco pouch for some medicine and little essentials. After all the international rules I keep my little travel bag to a bare minimum 🙂

  • AE

    In love with Bobbi brown and away mini suitcase 😍

  • Amy L.

    My must have travel item would be nuxe chapstick!

  • Kellybag

    Must have a hydrating moisturizer with me!

  • S Anderson

    My one must have travel beauty item is Living Proof dry shampoo!

  • Daisy797

    I always have a moisturizing mask when I travel that I pile on at the plane and also my first night in my venue.

  • Nadine

    My travel must have is sheabutter! I have dry, sensitive skin so it’s basically a life savior for me.

  • denise

    My favorite travel beauty product is Glossier’s balm dotcom. It’s good for so many things and also compact for travel!

  • bobekecske

    I’ve alread been lusting adter the Bobbi brush set (as I have been planning to get both face brushes included), this maroon colour and the case, the brush picks really speak to me.
    I wasn’t even aware of the amazing travel case, haha. 🙂
    Also, I as well may have to ban myself from your blog for the holiday season, the aesthetics of your pictures and your great choices are becoming harder and harder to resist! 🙂 Example I swore off MAC lipglasses, but you’re making me doubt myself, maybe this new formula would be for me…

  • Sarah Merrill

    I absolutely love a good travel makeup bag. My favorite is the basic Charlotte Tilbury makeup bag with the kisses pattern. It is very cute and when I’m out and about I love to sit at a local cafe and do my makeup in the mornings.

  • Number one item I would never travel without is a fairly heavy moisturizer, especially if I’m flying! Perhaps something from Embryolisse…my skin gets dry at the first hint of stress or cabin pressure.

  • Jackie Osborne

    I can never leave the house without lip balm.

  • Stephanie

    I have to have some kind of face spritz. The dry air in airplane cabins wreaks havoc on my already dry skin. Plus I use it to get rid of static too.

  • Jelena Stojnic

    One must have beauty item during the travel would probably be the lip balm. but it is so hard to choose only one. Mac wipes, eye cream , facial cleanser, hydrating mist would be my must haves too

  • Angela Padua

    You give me so many lemmings!!! Love your blogs and your posts are so helpful!

  • Norelle

    Omg I wish I had known about this Away mini! I am in love with Frost and Pool but they are all out 🙁

  • Rahima

    Hi Sabrina, I must carry a tub of Vaseline (currently looking for a nicer alternative) or some sort of salve like Smiths Rosebud. I think this is so important because lips can get SO dry, and if you develop any rough patches etc you can use it wherever needed. It is also such a multipurpose product and there are so many uses for it as people have demonstrated on YT!

  • SaraS

    Looks amazing!!

  • Kayley

    My must-have beauty item is lip balm / gloss for relieving chapped lips.

  • Christina B

    Great post!! I always like to travel with a sunscreen and a good makeup palette!

  • clidre vandijk

    I love my clear bag from Cult Beauty for traveling of a old Desley beauty case. 🙂

  • Tasha Chu

    Thanks for the pics of the Away case! So cute. I always have to decant my moisturizer for travel – these days, I’m using the Drunk Elephant one!

  • Rahima

    Travel essential is definitey a hydrating cooling mist! The Caudalie Grape Water works for a lot of people

  • jacque panlilio

    my travel must have is a bit boring but its jack black original lip balm!

  • I must have moisturizer! Travel always seems to stress my skin and dehydrate it.

  • mapleandbacon

    My must have travel beauty item are sheet mask! They are very handy and don’t take much space. They help soothe and hydrate my skin regardless of the weather

  • Tessa

    My No. 1 travel item is a headband for washing my face! It seems like a silly thing but I HATE when I end up in a hotel with no way to push my hair back and I always forget it.

  • Nara

    Shu Uemura eyelash curler!

  • Lauren

    I can’t travel without face masks! They are life savers!!

  • Kimberly Ng

    Great post!

  • Carla

    My must have travel item is a great moisturizer!

  • Ashlee Phillips

    I love Naked basics eye palette. Cannot leave home without it!

  • NK

    My number one beauty must have while travelling would have to be a great moisturizer (either an oil or a cream). I get so dehydrated and dry while travelling so having that is KEY!

    Love your post, so helpful! I’ve only ever used GWP bags to hold my travel necessities but I think it’s time to invest in some higher quality bags.

  • Jessica English

    UGH THIS BOBBI BROWN CASE HAS BEEN ON MY WISHLIST FOR YEARS. I am dying. I have a weird obsession with travel makeup bags and pouches, so I’m always buying more. I use so many when I travel and split everything into categories, because I’m so OCD it hurts. Gotta have my favorite products! These are ALL so good, I’m drooling.

  • Loved the Makeup cases your shared! And I’m so excited away brought back their minis for the holiday season. My must have product when i travel is bioderma it’s the one thing i have to have when I’m traveling since it does such a great job at removing any traces of Makeup and such.

  • Nicolle Camargo

    Loved the Anya bag, but it is really quite a splurge though!

  • The Girl in Killers Heels

    So I may have just brought the Ouai clear clutch after reading this! 🙈 I’ve finally found a fellow beauty junkie with the same taste! I too have the black bobby brown case but really want that red one 😍! Perfect post!

  • ReturnedtoSender

    Definitely my Paula’s Choice moisturizer and aquaphor for the extremely dry air on the plane!

  • Nicole

    Love the post (but now I amso tempted to buy a new travel pouch!). My one goto travel item is my Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist. It s great for the plane and any time I want to freshen my make up.

  • Olivia Augustine

    Love all of the travel bags that listed here. such a good reco. I didnt even know Away has travel case. My personal must-have when travelling is a good moisturizer.

  • Yesenia

    My basic skincare. Face wash and facial oil. My faves are from herbivore.

  • Stacey Roberson

    I always take my bronzer with me wherever I go.