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By: Geneva Vanderzeil apairandasparediy.com

Preparing for a weekend getaway can be stressful, especially when you’re going to be exposed to environments you’re not used to—double bunking on a couch or staying up until 3 am, for example. In order to keep up with your skincare and beauty without a lot hassle, you’ll need a bag of essentials to keep you looking your best. We’ve got everything you need from concealer to essential oils to make sure a lack of time and counter space won’t sacrifice your look!


Concealer is essential for sudden pimples or red marks that pop up overnight. Concealer provides the perfect coverage for anything unexpected. You’ll also need your concealer to reduce the appearance of dark circles under your eyes. Applying concealer on your eyelids will help awaken your eyes even if you’ve had no sleep. Put a little concealer on your lips to keep your lipstick in place all day too.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a go-to for a variety of fixes. But for a weekend in a new environment, we recommend using tea tree oil on your entire face before you go to bed. The oil will not only moisturize your skin, but it will also even out your complexion and reduce red marks. The best purpose of tea tree oil is to treat pimples before they arrive and to eliminate already existing ones.

Makeup Remover Wipes

Forget bringing along a washcloth, let alone trying to find one while staying in a different location. Face wash and bottles of makeup remover are a pain to carry around anyway. We always prefer bringing along a package of makeup remover wipes so we can quickly wash our faces with one swipe and no mess.

Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is a must-have. If you don’t have time to wash your hair over the weekend don’t worry. Dry shampoo can immediately eliminate grease and restore volume to your roots.

Hair Oil

Whether it’s a heat protection serum or argan oil, any kind of hair oil can be applied to your ends to prevent breakage and the appearance of split ends. It also adds more texture to your hair so you have a more beachy look.

Allergy Medicine

This may sound shocking, but allergy medicine can actually prevent dark circles and baggy eyes if taken the night before. Bring some allergy medication along to keep your eyes looking energized all weekend and simultaneously prevent any spontaneous allergic reactions.


You can never predict when stray eyebrow hairs will become more visible, so it’s always a good idea to have your tweezers for quick fixes.


The same goes for your razor. Even if you shave before you leave for your trip, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Lip Balm

Lip balm will keep your lips soft and supple all weekend. If you’re outside then you can count on lip balm for sun protection. Use a lip balm before applying lipstick for better, more even coverage too.

Oil Sheets

Don’t even think about not bringing along oil sheets. They are necessary for wiping away excess oil on your face while keeping your makeup in tact. Always be picture ready as long as you have your oil sheets.


You never know what kind of environments you’ll encounter while on a weekend trip, so make sure you have your purse-size fragrance for a quick tune up. Headed south? You’ll be thankful you brought some perfume along in those humid conditions.


It always seems like we only notice our dry knees and elbows when we’re traveling. Bring along a travel size lotion to moisturize dry spots so you’re looking your best all day long.

Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer is essential so you can stay healthy and clean. We love EO’s all-natural Organic Lavender Hand Sanitizer Spray for just $1.99. If you’re spending a lot of time outdoors, then the lavender scent will also help defend you against mosquitos.

Coconut Water

The most important thing to remember when heading out of town for a weekend trip is to stay hydrated. Coconut water is exceptionally hydrating and its electrolytes will give you much-needed energy to keep you going all weekend long.