Hair Products to Bring on Vacation

Side view of woman with curly hair

Here in Colorado we are finally getting a taste of some warmer weather.  Sure we’ve had a few sunny days here and there but this week is supposed to be gorgeous!  Now I can actually start making plans for summer which, for me, means a lot of gardening and outdoor activities.  Some of you may be thinking about vacationing soon which prompted this post.  I thought to myself, “what hair products would I bring on vacation?”  You can also think of this as my, “if  I were stranded on a desert island what hair products would I take?” list.

Choose a Hair Style for Your Trip

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How you wear your hair can make or break how you feel on vacation.  I can’t speak for all naturals but I’m pretty sure that what to do with your hair is high on anyone’s list (right after what outfits to wear).  When deciding what products to bring, I first make the biggest decision which is, “what hair style am I going to rock?”  If I’ll be outdoors in the heat or even swimming, then straight hair is definitely out.  That means I’ll be left with curly styles like the wash and go, a puff, braid outs or twist outs.  Another option is to go for protective styles in this scenario because then your hair is hidden underneath braids or extensions.

I’m most comfortable while wearing my own hair out so I would go for a curly style with the easiest being a wash and go.  Now that I’ve decided on how I would wear my hair on vacation, I can round up all of the necessary hair products.  For my wash and go I like to use a creamy leave -in conditioner, moisturizer and hair gel for my styler.  You can read more about how I get more hang time with my wash and go in this post.

Bring Products that Have Multiple Uses

The first thing I would have to take is my beloved Aussie Moist conditioner.  That’s because I can use it multiple ways and that would save on how many things I need to pack.  Now this is actually meant to be a rinse out conditioner but my hair loves it as a leave-in.   It would  also work as my conditioner after using shampoo.   Afterwards, I can use it to detangle my hair because it has great slip.

The conditioner is very moisturizing but I also like to use a heavier product on top to lock in that moisture.  For that I would think to bring along some shea butter.  A little goes a very long way so a small container with a lid would work just fine.  Shea butter can be used to moisturize your skin, lips and cuticles.  It can even act as a natural sunscreen with protection of 6-10 SPF.

woman with naturally curly hair
Hiking while on vacation in the mountains here in Colorado with my hair in a wash and go style


I definitely would not leave town without my hair gel.  For that I always reach for my holy grail, Eco Styler Gel with Argan Oil.  This product never fails to lay down my edges, slick my hair into a pony puff or define my curls.  It gives me curl definition that can last several days because I can reactivate the product by spritzing my hair with water.  This gives me curls that won’t quit on day two and three.

If I want to change it up, I  just section my hair, wet it and smooth it with a denman brush before braiding it up for a braid out.  Since the gel is still in my hair, I have defined waves when I take the braids down.

Of course I would have to bring along a little container of coconut oil.  I probably don’t even have to explain how crazy useful this product is.  I like to use it as frizz control for most hair styles.  It helps to soften up my wash and go style after using the hair gel.  Coconut oil can also be used on the skin and it makes a great makeup remover.

The most important thing to remember is that your hair doesn’t have to suffer just because you’re on vacation.  With a little bit of planning and a few key products you can take care of your hair and still relax while you’re away.  Bon Voyage!

What are some of the hair products that you’re planning to bring on vacation?


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