Dear travelettes,

Bad hair days, ugly nails, fatty hair, makeup-leftovers and a serious zombie look are some of the challenges we may encounter while traveling. This is how you can deal with it without your regular beauty products.

Bad hair days tend to come more frequent while traveling, especially with hot weather and limited shower facilities. Have a look here for Katja’s tips on hairdos for hot weather. Personally I just put on a hat or a headscarf when it looks too bad. Click at the picture for Diane F’s scarf updo tutorial.


At festivals or sandy beaches, my nails tended to look like shit, but this was before I discovered that nailpolish is the perfect coverup. Now I just put on some nail polish before leaving, and I’m good to go for at least a few days.


Vaseline is one of the most useful SOS beauty products you can bring along on your journey, it can be used as makeup-remover, moisture for dry skin, lip gloss, highlighter and you can even put it on your eyelashes to make them more defined if you’re lacking mascara.

Photo: Finn Pröpper

Photo: Finn Pröpper

If you’re lacking make-up and the party last night makes you look like a living dead, sunglasses is your saviour. I always have a pair of sunglasses with me, it’s the ultimate disguise for bad face-days.

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Do you have any tips to share with fellow travelettes in beauty emergency?


Kathrine Opshaug Bakke Kathrine Opshaug Bakke, editor at Travelettes from 2009 to 2013, wrote this post. Originating from Norway, she has been living in Berlin, Lisbon, and Stockholm the past 6 years.

She loves cities with imperfect facades, photography, traveling by bike, vintage hunting, and everything that comes with cheese. Follow her visual diary at