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Travel-friendly SPF, to the Rescue

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Travel-friendly SPF, to the Rescue

Getting ready for an epic vacation? Don’t forget the SPF! Below, we’ll make packing a bit easier by sharing our favorite travel-friendly sunscreen picks by destination.

No matter where you’re headed (the city or the beach!), you always need sunscreen. And plenty of ours come in carry-on-friendly containers that pass the TSA test. Keep scrolling to see the best vacation-approved picks for whatever’s on your upcoming itinerary.

For city sightseeing…

You’ll want to have a solid SPF base on for a full day of exploring your new favorite city, and thankfully, we’ve got plenty of options that will slip perfectly into your makeup bag or dopp kit.


If you have drier skin, Superscreen Daily Moisturizer SPF 40 is a great pick. This hydrating moisturizer does double duty by quenching your skin and protecting it with SPF 40. It also helps protect from pollution.

For more oily or sensitive skin, Zincscreen 100% Mineral Lotion (also with SPF 40 and pollution protection) is your pick. It’s a lightweight lotion that uses zinc oxide as its sunscreen active, making it super clean and great for trickier skin.

We also recommend building upon these base layers with either of our primers (Unseen Sunscreen and 100% Mineral Matte Screen) so that you’re getting adequate SPF protection. (Remember, you need to apply about a quarter-size of SPF to your face every day, and you can achieve that by layering products on top of one another.)


Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 uses clean chemical actives and goes on clear on all skin tones, leaving behind a velvet-y, natural finish. 100% Mineral Matte Screen SPF 40 is a 100% mineral sunscreen that uses zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as its sunscreen actives. It leaves a smooth, matte finish and helps smooth the appearance of pores and fine lines. It also provides a little bit more coverage than Unseen, if that’s your jam.

Finally, don’t forget to reapply your SPF if you’re out and about for the day. The best ways to do this are with one of our two stellar reapplication products: Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 or 100% Mineral Setting Powder SPF 45.

Defense Refresh comes in a travel-sized 3.4-ounce bottle and is a great way to add hydration back to your skin and keep makeup in place even on the sweatiest days. Plus, the refreshing spritz acts as a nice mid afternoon pick-you-up. If you’re into mineral sunscreen or have opted into using Zincscreen and/or Matte Screen above, then our 100% Mineral Setting Powder SPF 45 will be your new favorite SPF reapplication travel buddy. It keeps oil and shine at bay, is flashblack-free (for all those wanderlust IG snaps) and comes in four shades to choose from.

For beaching it…

We have lots of carry-on-friendly options for your beach vacation (or trips that are just spent having full days of fun under the sun, hiking, biking, whatever-ing).

Our cult-favorite sunscreen, Everyday Sunscreen SPF 50, comes in a 2.4-ounce tube and is a great SPF base layer for face and body. It’s also water-and-sweat-resistant, fast-absorbing and kid-friendly. On the flip side, if you’re interested in a 100% mineral option that’s also water-resistant, check out our new Play 100% Mineral Lotion SPF 50. It comes in a 3.4 ounce tube (which is still TSA-approved), and it uses zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as its sunscreen actives.


If you’re looking to get your reapplication fix (or even for a quicker base layer step), then our Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin C SPF 50 is perfect. Just make sure to get the travel-sized version: a cute mini that’s 3 ounces.


Another popular SPF for beach travel and reapplication is our Glow Stick SPF 50. It’s also infused with dry oils to hydrate and add extra glow (always a plus if you’re spending a lot of time on an airplane, which can dehydrate your skin). And since it’s a stick, it’s spill-proof and perfectly made to throw into your handbag.

For the babies: Sunnyscreen 100% Mineral Spray SPF 50 or Sunnyscreen 100% Mineral Stick SPF 50


Babies (as long as they’re over six months old) need sunscreen, too! And to make your life easier — since we know how hard it is to even get sunscreen on kids — we’ve created the cleanest, safest sunscreen formulas for your baby in super easy-to-travel-with packaging. Sunnyscreen is a 100% non-nano mineral formula that’s pediatrician-tested, fragrance-free and hypoallergenic. And our founder, Holly, was adamant about making sure all formats of Sunnyscreen were fun and easy to apply.

Parents love packing the Sunnyscreen 100% Mineral Stick and the Sunnyscreen 100% Mineral Spray in their diaper bags for the easiest application. And one of the best parts about Sunnyscreen is that it actually leaves a white cast, making it easy to see where you’ve applied sunscreen and where you may have missed some spots.

One more tip…

If you’re not sure where to start, our kits are great options for testing out a bunch of favorite Supergoop! products without committing to full sizes just yet. And of course, they’re all TSA-approved. The Glow Pros kit is one of our most popular choices and includes a full size of Glow Stick and our Lip Balm and mini versions of Unseen Sunscreen, Superscreen and Defense Refresh.

If you’re going on a more active vacation, check out The Live Bright Kit — this includes travel-sized versions of our water-resistant faves, including Everyday Sunscreen, the Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist, Sunscreen Mousse and our Lip Balm.

+Have more questions about travel-friendly sunscreen? Leave them below!

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