Travelling is all fun and games until you realise how neglected your hair can be when you travel from one climate to the next, and you don’t have your best hair care essentials with you. As a result, your mane ends up a messy frizz.

I’ve had my fair share of bad hair days, especially when the humidity drops or when I have to stay at a place with no hair dryers. Conditioners from hotels are crap, don’t you think?

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So, today, I’ve compiled a list of hair care essentials to bring while you travel so that you won’t have to worry one bit.

How to effectively manage your messy travel hair!

1. Travel Hair Dryer

Whether you’re a fashion traveller or a rugged one, every traveller has got to have a compact hair dryer on their packing list. We return to our abode after a long day of exploring outside, and all you want to do is shower and snooze.

Most hotels provide a hair dryer but if you’re going budget, you can’t count on hostels to provide hair dryers. Heck, some Airbnb properties sometimes don’t provide that either.


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That’s why I like this Conair Vagabond Compact Hair Dryer. It’s foldable, allowing you to squeeze it in even the smallest or travel bags. Drying your hair won’t be a problem anymore, especially when you’re in a cold, wintry country.

2. Hair Spray

In case you need a little more oomph for that Instagram shot while travelling, the Salon Grafix Shaping Hair Spray gives your hair that extra volume and hold wherever you go. You no longer have to worry about your hair each time a strong gust of wind passes by. I’ve also met travellers along the way who use similar products because you “don’t know who you’ll bump into next”.

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I recommend this as it’s one of the few products that two of my closest friends have tried and tested. It is affordable and works for all hair conditions (one of my friends has thin hair but it is still comfortable for him!)

The fragrance-free hair spray not only keeps you looking your best, it makes you feel good too.

3. Hair Pomade

Here’s to the guys out there. Hair pomades are made to give that extra shine and luster to your hair so you always look clean and fresh.

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One of the better products in the market is the Suavecito Pomade Original Hold. Its strong product support and high quality makes it a great choice for any traveller seeking to look 20&l=am2&o=1&a=B0065JCV84 Bel Around The World

4. Travel Brush & Mirror

This is one of the few items that I will always have in my bag – even when I don’t travel! This inexpensive 2-in-1 travel brush and mirror that I use by Louise Maelys allows me to tidy my hair and keep it looking great wherever I go. It’s so small that when it’s closed, it’s almost the size of my fist. Now that’s compact!

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On top of that, the travel brush that I use is so soft that I can even give myself a relaxing head massage with the brush. Try it yourself!ir?t=belaroundthew 20&l=am2&o=1&a=B01EUAUUUU Bel Around The World

5. Dry Shampoo

Some days you’re stuck in the jungle camping while on a multi-day hike. Other days you’re on the road, campervan-ing with no bathroom in sight.

For days when you just can’t get a decent shower, you can turn to a dry shampoo instead. A dry shampoo works by not requiring water at all. You just need to spray your hair with the shampoo, which collects excess grease and oil in your hair, leaving behind a clean and fresh look.

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Two of my recommendations are the Batiste Dry Shampoo or Acure Dry Shampoo.

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They are both travel-sized and easy to carry around, making them great travel essentials. They’ve been known to be compatible for all hair types, so be sure to pack them on your next big adventure!

6. Hair Serum

Tired of frizzy hair whenever you travel? I know I am.


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That was until someone recommended the Herstyler Argan Oil Hair Serum. I never regretted it ever since! To date, I’ve brought this serum that comes in small 60ml bottles along with me to countries like Maldives and the Philippines conveniently. It’s kept me photo-ready all the time.

All I need is to just apply a couple of dabs on my hair and massage it in, and the results can be seen almost instantly. There are plenty of other hair serums on the market that you can choose from, but this is one I’m sticking with!

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I’ve met people who would go the extra mile just to get their hair to look like it’s got more volume with a hair curler, even while travelling.


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This Travel Smart by Conair hair curler does its job for the typical traveller. It’s compact and lightweight, allowing you to easily bring it everywhere you go.

The hair curler doesn’t just leave your hair wavy and bouncy, it also leaves behind a smooth and silky texture that anyone will be jealous of. Rejoice! Now you can travel in style with great hair.

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Revel in the many benefits of the coconut oil. Here’s a little known fact: this travel size coconut oil is not only nourishing for the skin, but also for your hair!

Give your hair the much needed glow by applying it when you travel to help with the fizz. Coconut oil also has hair repair capabilities, which makes it so valuable to bring along, especially to countries with low humidity.

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Try out one of the more popular coconut oils around such as this one by Skinny and Co.!ir?t=belaroundthew 20&l=am2&o=1&a=B01HIGW5GK Bel Around The World

9. Hair Sunscreen

I bet you never knew that your hair requires sunscreen too, did you?

One of the worries of many is the damage that prolonged exposure to harmful sun rays might cause to their hair. We’ve all heard of sunscreen for the skin, but have you heard of sunscreen for your hair?

Hair sunscreen ensures that your hair won’t be badly harmed from being in the sun for too long. When you’re on long hikes, or visiting some of the best beaches in the world, you’re exposed to the sun.

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Just apply a few sprays of the sunscreen and lather to effectively protect your hair. One of the more popular and reliable products in the market is the Clarins SPF 30 Sunscreen.


While you’re travelling, there are 2 very important items you MUST carry along when you’re on the go:

1. Travel Adapter

Don’t forget your handy travel adapter! You’d think that duh, of course you’ll pack a travel adapter in. But when the time to pack comes, you’ll be surprised at the number of people who forget this one super essential item.

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You wouldn’t want to be caught dead without your travel adapter! 😉

2. Travel-Sized Bottles

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With travel-sized bottles from Ikea, you can bring your favourite shampoos and conditioners easily, without being stopped by the airport customs for exceeding 100ml now!

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Isabel Leong

Isabel Leong

An explorer at heart, the world is Isabel's playground. She enjoys seizing every moment exploring every hideout and doing the unimaginable, like bungee jumping in Phuket and couchsurfing in Europe. If she had wings, she’d definitely be soaring right now. Also a fitness trainer, if she’s not at the gym, you can find her doing yoga or rock climbing! Read more about her on


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