My tropical travel beauty essentials

16th August 2017 No Comment

I’m gearing up for another busy travel period at work, starting with a trip to Colombia, Jamaica and Barbados in about a month’s time. It got me thinking about what travel essentials I need to stock up on before I head off (I’m a planner and hate leaving that kind of stuff until the eleventh hour). Particularly when I’m working in these kind of hot and humid places, I still have to wear business dress and I (try) to look as well-presented as possible. It doesn’t look great if you turn up to your meeting with a sunburnt face and sunglasses lines or with your makeup melting down your face! So these are my essential beauty items for tropical travel – don’t forget to pick up your tropical travel beauty essentials at home before you travel to save money and make the most of your holiday time! If you’re also thinking about first-aid essentials, here’s what I take.



This is right at the top of my list of beauty essentials to take to anywhere even remotely hot and sunny. I have pale skin so burn very easily and have a higher risk of getting skin cancer, so high factor sun cream is the only way to go for me. It used to bother me that I couldn’t tan like other people, but now I’m older (and hopefully wiser!), I go full-out these days with Nivea’s factor 50+ sun cream. I can sunbathe for hours in the Caribbean and not colour at all, which means I can really enjoy being out in the sun worry-free! I also go for a sun cream that’s waterproof so I can take a dip in the sea or pool without crisping up. I also use a separate suncream for my face that I can wear under my makeup – this factor 30 Ultrasun face protection cream is light and non-sticky.


I never used to use after sun cream but since I started using it recently, I’ve never looked back! It’s so soothing on your skin after a day in the sun, even if you haven’t burnt at all. I use Nivea aftersun with aloe vera extract. The smell makes you feel refreshed after a day of sweating! I love to use this after cleaning off all the sand and sun cream in the shower before heading out for dinner in the evening.

Lip balm with SPF

Beauty products with SPF in are a bit of a thing for me when I’m off to sunnier climes. If you’ve ever been unfortunate enough to experience sunburn on your lips, you’ll definitely understand why lip balm with an SPF is on this list. It’s super painful and easily avoided – pick up a lip balm like Nivea sun protect lip balm with factor 30 and you’re good to go. Apply the lip balm whenever your lips feel dry, and as well as moisturizing your lips they’ll be protected from the sun.


Waterproof eyeliner/mascara

Waterproof makeup is my best friend when I go somewhere tropical: 1) because it’s going to get sweaty, 2) because I love to cool off in the pool or the sea, and 3) because I’ll then probably want to carry on taking loads of photos/selfies in said tropical paradise. Eyeliner and mascara are makeup staples for me as I have blonde eyelashes, which to be honest looks really strange. But equally, I’d rather not wear makeup than risk it with non-waterproof mascara and emerge with panda eyes. So waterproof makeup is the way forward! My favourite waterproof mascara is Lovely Lashes by No7 at Boots and I can’t do without my Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof eyeliner.



Hair grips

I have long hair, and although I really love the length most of the time, it often irritates me when I’m somewhere warmer than I’m used to. I always have some hair grips on hand if I’m going to take a dip in the pool/sea to stop my hair getting wet. The other time they come in handy is if it’s particularly windy. This is especially important for me if I’m going to business meetings all day and want to try and maintain some kind of remotely professional appearance, as opposed to looking like I have a birdnest on my head. I also make sure they’re blonde, like these from Colour Match.

Dry shampoo

Oh my life, dry shampoo! I don’t know what I did without it before I started using it religiously last year. You can’t beat Batiste’s Original Dry Shampoo. It’s great for when you’re on the go to refresh your hair if you don’t have time to wash and blow dry it. If the weather’s totally tropical and my hair’s a little bit damp, dry shampoo is just what I need to get rid of that moisture. It’s also great for giving my hair some (much-needed) volume at the roots, even if I’ve just washed my hair.


L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil

L’Occitane’s Almond Shower Oil is one of my favourite beauty products ever. It’s essentially a luxurious shower gel with an oily consistency that lathers under water. This shower oil smells and feels amazing as well as being hugely nourishing for your skin. My favourite thing about it though is that you can use it as a base for shaving your legs – great for when you’re wearing a bikini and sundresses all the time!

Wet wipes

No, I don’t have children but wet wipes still make it into my list of essentials for a trip to the tropics. If I’m spending the day on the beach, I’ll often just go to the closest shop/restaurant/shack to get food to take back onto the beach to eat. There’s nothing quite like a fresh fish sandwich on the beautiful shores of Barbados! However, any food with sauce or ice-cream will inevitably end up spilling or melting, so having wet wipes on hand is essential. You can give your hands a quick wipe when you’re done without wasting valuable sunbathing time trekking around trying to find somewhere to wash your hands. Boots’ Handy Wipes always come with me to the beach.

What are your tropical travel beauty essentials? Let me know in the comments below!