We love a good long weekend, and with Labor Day being summer’s official send off, here’s hoping you have the ultimate three-day getaway planned. Before you jet off, there’s always the question of packing, which can get overwhelming even for short weekends. While we’d love to fill our weekender with our complete hair and skin routine, it’s just not an option if we want to be able to actually zip our bags! To help you narrow down your must-haves (and lighten that suitcase), we’re recommending the only travel sized skin care and hair products you need to maintain luscious strands and a healthy glow throughout your trip.
Let’s break down a short (but effective) beauty packing list, plus a few extra helpful tips, for Labor Day Weekend.
Pack Travel Sized Essentials
Let us count the ways we love SOL minis aka our travel size skin care and travel size hair care products. First, they’re super easy to toss in your carry-on and are packed with the same benefits and powerhouse ingredients found in our full-sized versions. When it comes to traveling, they’re a no-brainer (and even help to leave extra room for those five pairs of sunglasses and ten bathing suits you may or may not wear. Hey, it doesn’t hurt to have options!)
1. Moisturizing Body Creams
Our cult favorite body creams should be at the top of your beauty packing list. Each one comes with its own set of benefits and an incredible scent, so you can mix and match based on your itinerary. Brazilian Bum Bum Cream is our most iconic and perfect for beach days. It helps visibly tighten skin and is infused with our famous Cheirosa 62 fragrance (the ultimate compliment-getter). If you’re in need of more moisture and pampering (it is a vacation after all!), then look no further than our Coco Cabana™ Cream which offers up to 72 hours of hydration and a mouthwatering, deliciously complex Coconut scent. If you don’t want to give your skin care the weekend off, then try our powerhouse Bom Dia™ Bright Body Cream. It gently exfoliates to smooth bumpy or rough patches, revealing radiant, clearer-looking skin. Not sure which to bring on your trip? Pack them all! Brazilian Body Besties – one of our most popular travel sized skin care sets – includes all three mini body creams in one convenient set.
2. Body Oils
Whether you’re traveling to a tropical place or to a bustling city, we believe showing off a gorgeous glow is always a confidence boost. Our GlowMotions Glow Oils can be the finishing touch before you dash out to fun Labor Day plans – be it the beach or cocktails. Made for all skin tones, each of our glow oils is infused with Cupuaçu Butter, Açai Oil and Coconut Oil to keep you moisturized while you shimmer. A dynamic duo that doubles as one of our travel sized skin care sets, Copacabana Bronze is a warm bronze tint while Rio Sunset is a translucent champagne shimmer. Apply a few drops with a brush under makeup, or smooth all over your body for beaming skin that perfectly catches the late summer light.
3. Body Scrubs
No matter where you are, smooth skin is only a shower away with one of our favorite travel size skin care products, Bum Bum Body Scrub. Whether you’re washing off after a day at the beach or exfoliating before a sunless tan application, our mini scrub gently exfoliates and nourishes with a microbead-free blend that feels like a spa session. Even better, it’s infused with our iconic Cheirosa 62 fragrance leaving you with the delicious lingering scent of Pistachio, Salted Caramel and Vanilla.
Whether you’re staying at a hotel or Airbnb, there are no guarantees a reliable shampoo will be provided. And if it is, it may not be right for your hair. We think it’s best to always come prepared with tried-and-true travel size hair care. Our Brazilian Joia™ Strengthening + Smoothing Shampoo is infused with Plant-Based Keratin and moisturizing ingredients. This hair-loving shampoo uses SOL Seal Technology to treat split ends, reduce breakage and help prevent future damage. The 90mL size will be more than enough for your 3-day weekend.
You’ve packed your shampoo – now on to your other favorite travel hair care products. Brazilian Joia™ Strengthening + Smoothing Conditioner is our shampoo’s trusty companion and a must bring. Infused with the same SOL Seal Technology, it makes for healthy hair and helps you to maintain touchably soft strands, even while on vacation.
6. Hair Repair Treatment
Labor Day Weekend means summer’s last dips in the pool and ocean. Go ahead and enjoy them. With the right products on hand, you won’t have to worry about the water damaging your hair. Simply pack our mini Triple Brazilian Butter™ Hair Repair Treatment and leave on for ten minutes while in the shower. You’ll step out with intensely moisturized, shiny strands and mended split ends.* For more helpful tips on protecting your hair, read our handy Summer Hair Repair Guide.
We suggest keeping your water bottle handy while traveling: Staying hydrated throughout your entire trip is so important. It helps to fight exhaustion, flush toxins and keeps hair and skin healthy. Take advantage of vacation perks: Soak in a hot tub, pool or spa-worthy bath. It’s a relaxing way for pores to take in moisture. Use your favorite SOL beauty products while you’re at it. They boost the benefits of proper hydration, helping to prevent dry scalp and strands* while also keeping skin plump and replenished.**
Maintain A Healthy Balanced Diet
While it’s tempting to indulge on vacation, you may find you feel better when you maintain your usual healthy diet where you can (even if it’s just breakfast or a snack!). Opting for fruits, veggies, whole grains and lean protein will keep energy levels up for jam-packed weekend plans. The nutrients and vitamins can also do wonders for your hair, helping to fortify it and keep strands lush.*
Keep On Top Of Your Stress Levels
While the destination should be relaxing, traveling itself can be a major headache. We suggest implementing your at-home stress strategies wherever you can. This means stealing away for a few minutes to meditate or practice breathing exercises. The good news is, you should find plenty of ways to relax once your vacation finally starts, from visiting a spa to indulging in a good beach read. The more you decompress, the better you’ll feel from head to toe. This means hair will stay healthy, while skin will be clearer-looking and less prone to breakouts.
Stick To Your Sleep Schedule (When Possible!)
With summer coming to an end, you most likely want to soak up every last drop. This might mean staying up later than usual to prolong fun nighttime plans. We totally get it, but may we suggest catching as many winks as you can? You’ll feel so much better and refreshed in the morning, plus your body will thank you. When you make sure to get your beauty rest, you’re helping to energize the proteins and enzymes that contribute to hair growth, plus you’re less likely to trigger acne issues.
We hope these travel friendly beauty tips inspire all the smiles for your Labor Day Weekend. If you’re looking to mix and match our travel sized favorites, then take a peek at our best selling bundles. We’ve done the work for you, curating custom sets for every type of on-the-go beauty routine. Looking to prep your skin before you go? Make sure it’s velvety, smooth and summer vacation ready with Sol de Janeiro’s top 10 skin care tips for soft, touchable skin.