The weather is cooling down which means that everyone in the Gulf is spending a lot of time outdoors. Apart from the usual barbecues and outdoor parties, the winter season is when many of us decide to go on road trips or take quick weekend jaunts out of town. When it comes to packing for quick getaways, space is usually a concern, which means you need to pack items that provide major benefits without taking up too much space in your bag. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite travel must-haves that will keep you looking gorgeous and feeling your best, whether you’re chilling next to the water, driving down wadis, exploring new cities, or bashing down the dunes.
Serum: Serums are a wonderful travel companion that provide a concentrated dose of active ingredients in one or two drops, and usually come in smaller bottles that don’t take up much space. Antioxidant serums are particularly useful when you’re going to be outdoors as they protect your skin from environmental damage while hydrating and repairing it. They are also great for wearing under your sunscreen for enhanced sun protection.
Try: Exuviance Antioxidant Perfect 10 Serum – This serum contains concentrated plant extracts to protect the skin against oxidative damage and keep it looking young.
Sun Protection: Just because the weather is cooler now, doesn’t mean you are safe from ultraviolet rays. Sunscreen is an everyday essential, but even more important if you are spending a lot of time outdoors. To get the most protection possible, choose a sunscreen that has a high SPF and make sure you generously apply it at least 20 minutes before sun exposure. Even waterproof sunscreens have their limits, so make sure you reapply every two hours or after sweating, swimming, or toweling off.
Try: Eucerin Sun Spray Transparent SPF 50 – This sun screen comes in a convenient spray bottle that allows you to ensure your entire family is protected. It also comes in a non-sticky formula that works for normal and oily skin types.
Hair Products: Hair protection isn’t something we all think about, but it can make a big difference. You probably spend a lot of time and effort on your hair, and it would be a shame to allow the elements to mess up your style. Choose a moisturizing hair balm that will protect your hair color and strands from ultra violet rays, sea salt, sand, or wind. We recommend applying the balm to damp hair and putting it in a casual loose braid that can be taken down into waves later on. Shorter strands can be slicked back for a chic look that works for day or night.
Try: Sachajuan Hair in the Sun – A protective hair treatment with a light styling effect, this cream provides a UV-filter that lasts even in the water.
Wet Wipes: Being in the great outdoors can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a little messy. Wipe off dirt, food, grime or anything else you’ve collected with some conveniently packed wet wipes. Choose ones that contain natural ingredients and can be used on the face or body of everyone in the family.
Try: Dr. Organic Tea Tree Wet Wipes – These wipes can be thrown into your bag, or kept in your car for easy cleaning. They contain glycerin to keep skin soft and hydrated, and antibacterial tea tree oil for cleansing and purifying.