The Best Travel-Friendly Moisturisers for Dry Skin

The Best Travel-Friendly Moisturisers for Dry Skin

Staying hydrated, moisturised, and nourished while traveling is one of the most important parts of vacation skincare, but it can be a challenge for those with naturally dry skin. From extreme weather conditions and changes in climate to an abundance of AC and dry airplane cabin air, there are a wide variety of issues that make it hard to avoid dry skin when on the move, and which mean that dryness and discomfort can be a feature of every vacation.

I remember when I spend my first winter in Ohio, my gosh! My skin was falling off from how dry it was. After lots of trial and error though, I realised you don’t have suffer with dry skin while enjoying a getaway. By packing the right moisturiser in your travel toiletry bag (and using a humidifier), you can make the most of your trip, whether you are exploring the western Caribbean beaches on a cruise or taking a Florida road trip. Here are some of the best travel-friendly moisturisers for dry skin.

Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Lotion

A lightweight, non-greasy application makes this moisturiser pitch-perfect for dry, sensitive skin. It is the perfect travel companion for anyone who suffers on vacation, with hyaluronic acid to attract and retain moisture and help provide hydration all day long. With a fragrance-free, gentle formula you can use this every day, giving it a versatility that travelers will enjoy.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

The incredible moisturising powers of hyaluronic acid are front and center in this gel-based moisturiser, alongside soothing olive extract, for intense hydration without a greasy residue. It is suitable for all skin types thanks to a non-comedogenic formula and is presented in a fantastically travel-friendly package with a pump-action dispenser which makes it ideal for use on the go.

Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion

Designed for day-to-day use, this delicious lotion is infused with oatmeal and rich emollients and offers instant relief and deep nourishment for dry and damaged skin. It absorbs quickly, which means it is an ideal companion on a plane or bus, giving you a little dose of hydration and keeping your skin soft and smooth throughout your journey. It comes in a travel-sized bottle that can be taken in your carry-on, meaning you can keep it on hand wherever you go.

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm AP+ Intense Repair Moisturising Cream

La Roche-Posay’s Lipikar Balm is, as the name suggests, a powerful tool that offers a wonderful way to repair damaged skin and provide deep, intense moisture. This ultra-rich cream is carefully designed for sensitive skin and aims to deliver all-day hydration as well as relief from the symptoms of dry skin such as irritation and itchiness. Enriched with shea butter and niacinamide it actually builds and restores your skin’s natural defenses, helping protect and preserve your natural softness, while nourishing deeply for complete hydration and moisture.

Eucerin Advanced Repair Cream

If you suffer from dry, rough, and cracked skin then you might want to look at this intensive cream from Eucerin. It takes a more comprehensive approach than some of its competitors which makes it an ideal traveling companion for anyone with more severe symptoms of dryness. Its fast-acting and fast-absorbing formula contains ceramides which help firm up your skin barrier and lock in moisture.

Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator

For longer-lasting hydration, Clinique’s Moisture Surge is the answer. This gel-cream moisturizer keeps replenishing your skin’s moisture reserves over a period of 3 days, without clogging pores or causing breakouts, making it ideal for mini-breaks or short getaways.

Skin Theory Anti Oxidant Matte Day Cream

This is my personal favourite! It’s a lightweight day cream with a built in SPF 30. It’s really easy to wear, not too shiny, and surprisingly it’s really hydrating. I use this on top of a serum and my skin stays perfectly hydrated for the summer. We should of course be wearing an SPF at all times!

The best travel-friendly moisturisers are lightweight, non-greasy, and easily absorbed. Formulas that contain hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides are powerful tools in protecting and hydrating your skin and are usually the ideal option for travelers looking for convenient skincare for their vacations.



  1. March 20, 2024 / 10:56 pm

    I use Cera Ve, it works great on my dry skin here in the Mojave Desert.

    • Lorna
      March 21, 2024 / 8:16 pm

      Yeah, they have great creams too!

      • March 22, 2024 / 11:33 am

        I’m glad have that cream there too. 💕

    • Lorna
      April 1, 2024 / 11:13 pm

      You’re welcome!

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