We're Jet-Setting Beauty Editors—Of Course We Have a List of Our Favorite Travel-Size Sunscreens

Imani Randolph laying on the beach.

I'm officially crowning myself the Mary Poppins of my friend group. No, I don't randomly burst into song and dance (wouldn't that be something?), but I do have a seemingly endless bag of beauty goodies to share with my loved ones. At group dinners, I'm your girl for a swipe of lip oil . At weddings, I'm armed to the teeth with blotting papers, tissues, and waterproof mascara because, you know, happy tears. On beach getaways, you can bet your bottom dollar I have more than a few sunscreens to offer.

Carrying around multiple bottles of sunscreen can get clunky, though, which is why I often snag adorable travel-size minis before jetting off. Many of my favorite SPF brands create TSA-friendly versions of their cult favorites, too, so it really doesn't feel like I'm sacrificing quality for the sake of avoiding a crowded baggage claim. Plus, they make great gifts. Find my favorite picks below—the majority of which are beloved by the entire WWW beauty team—and packing for your next sunny destination will be an absolute breeze.

Best Travel-Size Sunscreens, Listed

Best spray: coola classic body organic sunscreen spray spf 50, best lotion: black girl sunscreen moisturizing sunscreen lotion spf 30, best facial spray: e.l.f. suntouchable all set for sun spf 45, best face lotion: paula's choice calm barrier protect mineral sunscreen spf 30, best for glowy skin: supergoop glowscreen body spf 40, best scent: vacation classic lotion spf 30, best under makeup: mdsolarsciences mineral crème spf 50.

  • Best Serum: Caudalie Vinosun ProtectDaily Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Lotion

Best Sheer: Sun Bum Premium Moisturizing Sunscreen Spray SPF 50

Best water-resistant: bask spf 30 lotion.

  • Best Hydrating: UnSun Cosmetics Full Coverage Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

Best Splurge: Dr. Loretta Urban Antioxidant Sunscreen SPF 40

Classic Body Organic Sunscreen Spray SPF 50

Pros: Applies sheer and easy to blend

Cons: Nozzle can clog after use

Size: 2 ounces

Nongreasy, fast-absorbing, and fragrance-free—what more could you ask for in a travel-size spray? Coola makes some of the best sunscreens in the game (its Water Plumping Gel Serum is also a dream), so I make sure to snag a mini spray or two every time I have a trip coming up. If you do the same, everyone in your travel party will be begging to borrow the stellar formula.

Customer review: "Love the convenience of the spray, the scent, and protection! Very easy to throw in your bag and use throughout the day at the beach, pool, lake, etc."

Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion Spf 30

Pros: A+ consistency, easy to blend, and doesn't pill or leave a white cast

Cons: Can make sensitive eyes sting

Size: 3 ounces

Generously sized at three ounces, this sunscreen formula is a wonderful everyday option to use on both the face and body. It absorbs like a dream, instantly disappearing into the skin with no greasy or ghostly residue, and it actually feels hydrating, whereas many sunscreens tend to strip my skin dry. If you have sensitive eyes, you might want to bring another option in your carry-on for your face, but overall, this is a winner.

Customer review: "It's just a wonderful product. … Doesn't make me look ashy, smells good, feels good, and I take it on all of my vacays!"

Suntouchable All Set for Sun Spf 45

Pros: Easily portable, great for reapplication

Cons: Can feel a bit wet

This cute little spray resides in my tote all summer. It's my number one pick for a refresh. Friendly reminder: You should reapply sunscreen every two hours, and this teeny spray makes reapplication an absolute breeze. Not to mention, it doubles as a setting spray to lock in your makeup. Win-win! I only wish it had a finer mist—it can make my face feel a bit wet—but on no-makeup beach days that isn't an issue at all. In fact, it feels quite refreshing!

Customer review: "I have always wanted something to refresh my SPF over my makeup throughout the day. This is PERFECT. It's the perfect size to throw in my diaper bag (mom life) to protect my skin throughout the day!"

Barrier Protect Mineral Sunscreen Spf 30

Pros: Neutralizes redness and calms skin, so hydrating it could be a moisturizer

Cons: People with oily skin might find it too dewy

During the summer months when I want to melt into a puddle of sweat, I will often use SPF in place of a moisturizer—many sunscreen formulas come infused with impressive skin hydrators like shea butter and hyaluronic acid anyways. I typically will reach for a Paula's Choice number, and the new mineral option from its Calm line is just divine. It's as if a color corrector and sunscreen had a baby. With allantoin and centella asiatica, it immediately calms my complexion and makes my skin so dang soft.

Customer review: "As somebody with sensitive skin who often finds sunscreen irritating, I appreciated that the sunscreen was not irritating at all. It is a mineral formula, and I did find it to leave a white castle on my skin. It didn't sit that well in my skin, and it didn't play that well and make up. I think this would also be a great body sunscreen."

Glowscreen Body Spf 40

Pros: Like a shimmery highlighter and SPF in one, blends easily with no white cast

Cons: Not the best for oily skin

Size: 3.4 ounces

Huge Glowscreen girl over here! I remember the first time I tried the cult-favorite facial sunscreen. I thought, " Wow, I want to slather this all over for a full-body glow, " and pretty soon the brand answered my prayers. (I'm sure I wasn't alone in begging for a body-sized version.) Now, there's more than enough of the shimmery formula to go around, but it's still TSA-approved at 3.4 ounces. I plan on tossing a few in my carry-on to shine from head to toe.

Customer review: "I love the Glowscreen for my face and use it daily. This is now my go-to for my body, especially on vacation. I love it."

Classic Lotion Spf 30

Pros: Smells amazing without being too overpowering, feels hydrating on the skin

Cons: Not ideal if you're sensitive to fragrance

When it comes to scent, it doesn't get better than Vacation. In fact, people loved the sunscreen's fragrance—a blend of coconut, banana, and fresh pool water—so much that the brand bottled it into a perfume. What's more, the lotion has a creamy, gel-like consistency that disappears upon application.

Customer review: "I'm so glad I came across yall on Instagram!! The smell, omgggg it's like I went back in time to my childhood!! It smells amazing and I'm instantly transported back to the beach even if I'm in my backyard. Also my husband, who is quite fair-skinned, hasn't burned since using it which is why I'll keep coming back! Please continue with the great products!!"

Mineral Crème Spf 50

Pros: Has a smooth, matte finish that resembles makeup primer

Cons: Expensive

Size: 3.4 ounces, 1.7 ounces

I know what you're thinking. A mineral sunscreen under makeup? Mineral formulas are notorious for being less than stellar in the spreadable department, making them not the best choice to layer underneath foundation or concealer. Trust me when I say that this creamy formula feels like silk on the skin—absolutely no pilling or chalky cast. A bonus? It comes in a tinted version , too, for a primer-like effect.

Customer review: "This is the best mineral sunscreen. Goes on silky smooth and blends right in. It is sheer (no white cast) yet provides great protection. I have been using this for years and shared with friends and family who also love it!"

Best Serum: Caudalie Vinosun Protect Daily Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Lotion

Vinosun Protect Brightening Daily Mineral Sunscreen Spf 50 With Niacinamide

Pros: Provides a glowy base for makeup, lightweight and great for warmer months

Cons: Very small size

Size: 1.7 ounces

It's called a lotion, but I find this sunscreen to have more of a milky, serum-like consistency. Of course, it features viniferine, the brand's signature grapevine sap, to brighten dark spots as it protects against harsh UV rays, which is one of the biggest culprits for said dark spots. It also has a slight tint that balances zinc oxide in the mineral formula. Caudalie sunscreens are beloved in Europe, but this is the first formula to make its way stateside. It's exceptional, so no surprise there.

Customer review: "I tried this product for the first time in Paris, and when I ran out, I had no other way but to order another one. I think this is the best sunscreen on the market right now that Doesn't make my skin breakout."

Sun Bum Premium Moisturizing Sunscreen Continuous Spray Spf 50

Pros: Fine mist, feels lightweight, easy to apply

Cons: Strong sunscreen scent

Size: 1.75 ounces

Sun Bum sunscreens are known for a fine, lightweight mist that makes you feel like you're wearing nothing at all. No greasy residue here! It does have a classic sunscreen scent, which is something to note if you prefer fragrance-free formulas. It's a great staple to pick up before your next vacay, and at $9 a pop, it feels like a steal.

Customer review: "I'm not a huge fan of spray sunscreen but this one smells great and is super nice, it doesn't leave that sticky nasty feel like other ones can!"

Spf 30 Lotion

Pros: Fabulous subtle scent, great for active lifestyles

Cons: Takes a minute to rub in

This water-based formula was specifically designed not to stain your clothing or sting your eyes when exposed to sweat, the ocean, the pool, etc., so it's great to slather on your face and body. It also features a light vanilla-and-coconut aroma that smells nostalgic yet not too dominating. Even if you have a sensitive nose (like me!), I'd wager you'll enjoy the subtle scent. My only callout is that it takes a bit to rub in—it does eventually turn sheer, but it does appear very opaque right out of the tube. That said, the extra few seconds will ensure you never miss a spot.

Customer review: "I love this sunscreen. It smells fantastic and works even better. I am a triathlete and spend a lot of time outside swimming, biking, and running. It never runs in my eyes and does not sweat off. I am a HUGE fan and have ordered multiple items for everyone in my family."

Best Hydrating: Unsun Cosmetics Full Coverage Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen Lotion

Hydrating Full Coverage Body Lotion Spf 30

Pros: Great for face and body, doubles as moisturizer

Cons: Takes a bit to rub in

The best sunscreens make you feel like you aren't wearing sunscreen at all, and this one totally fits the bill. In fact, it feels just like an ultra-moisturizing body lotion that just so happens to contain SPF. It contains prickly pear, bitter orange, and cucumber extracts for hydration and brightening, antioxidant power along with baobab oil to further drench the skin in moisture and leave behind a subtle sheen. Trust me—it packs a punch in its three ounces.

Customer review: "This full-body sunscreen is just as great as the facial sunscreen I tried and bought two summers ago. I've been anxiously awaiting this body product, since first falling in love with the tinted facial sunscreen. It absorbs well, protects extremely well, and washes off with just one shower—something that can not be said for most commercial mineral sunscreens. I love how quickly I can put it on before being in the sun, and how much I can rely on coverage throughout the day. It's reassuring to know that I'm fully protected from harmful invisible UVA/UVB rays while being active outdoors."

Urban Antioxidant Sunscreen Spf 40

Pros: Great texture, contains targeted ingredients for aging concerns

Cons: Expensive for a smaller size

Leave it to a derm to create one of the best mineral sunscreens I've tried! I adore Loretta Ciraldo, MD, and her skincare line is truly top-notch. It's a bit spendy, but it includes high-quality ingredients like peptides to plump fine lines and Lipochroman, a special antioxidant that defends against pollution. Consider it your most elegant face cream spiked with SPF.

Customer review: "This sunscreen is amazing. It's the first formulation I have tried that protects but is not greasy. It has a radiant pink hue that disappears on the skin on application. Highly recommend."

Can I put sunscreen in a travel container?

Technically, you could, but most experts would advise against it. Every time you open up a sunscreen bottle, you're exposing it to light and air—both of which can accelerate the product's shelf life by breaking down the ingredients. Your sunscreen is in its packaging for a reason, and every time you rehome the goop, you risk losing its efficacy. Any dirt, dust, or bacteria in your DIY jar can also mess with the ingredients and their potency. Not to mention, things can get messy!

If you're in an absolute pinch, go ahead and transfer your favorite formula. Wearing potentially less effective sunscreen is better than not wearing it at all! If you are able, try to cop a travel-size bottle instead of playing chemist.

What is the max sunscreen size for travel?

According to the TSA website , you can pack sunscreen in a bottle less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters), be it a lotion or aerosol spray, in your carry-on baggage. For checked baggage, feel free to exceed that limit and bring full-sized bottles.

Does TSA consider stick sunscreen a liquid?

Nope! Stick sunscreens are considered solids, so they don't have the same size restrictions as liquids. Sunscreen sticks tend to be quite small anyways, which makes them great for travel purposes. Here, find our favorite editor-approved sticks to glide on.

Jamie Schneider is Who What Wear’s senior beauty editor based in New York City. She has a penchant for trend forecasting, covering everything from innovative skincare launches to celebrity profiles, and her work has appeared in mindbodygreen, Coveteur, and more. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Organizational Studies and English before moving to NYC, and she's been there ever since. When she’s not writing or testing the latest beauty finds, Jamie loves exploring vintage boutiques, reading mystery books (bonus points for an unexpected twist), and she’s always down for a park picnic in Brooklyn. 

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I’ve Tried Dozens of SPF Products, but These Are the 10 Best Sunscreens I’ve Ever Used — From $10

From reef-friendly formulas to the best tinted SPF.

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If there’s one product that you should never leave for a trip — let alone the house — without , it’s a high-quality sunscreen . Sun protection factor, or SPF, represents a sunscreen’s ability to protect against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) light, preventing sunburns and potential skin damage. By using sunscreen regularly, you can decrease your likelihood of developing skin cancer and premature aging signs like wrinkles and dark spots.

And if there’s one thing to know about me, it's that I’ll never be caught outside without being covered head to toe in sunscreen, even on an overcast day. This SPF love affair started back in my beauty retail days , and I have tested dozens of sunscreen products — each with different formulas, textures, and target areas — to find the very best ones that not only provide ample protection, but look and feel good, too. I'm not one to gatekeep, so I've rounded up my picks so everyone can get one step closer to finding their SPF soulmate. Below, I've included everything from a whipped cream-like body SPF to my go-to hand sunscreen from Supergoop . Prices start at just $10, so if you have a trip coming up, you'll definitely want to stock up. 

Vacation Classic Whip SPF 30

The brand Vacation calls this body SPF a “dessert for your skin,” and as someone who has been proudly wearing it since 2022, I can absolutely attest to that. If the mere thought of applying sunscreen doesn't spark joy for you, then it's time to trade in your ordinary squeeze bottle of traditional lotion for this dreamy version that dispenses the product like a whipped cream bottle. Aside from its fun packaging, the sunscreen is reef-friendly and water-resistant (for up to 80 minutes), and it feels just as good as it looks. The mousse-like texture also feels far more moisturizing than other body sunscreen products that I’ve tried, and with how much the sun dehydrates my skin, it’s something that I absolutely love about this product. 

Vacation Super Spritz SPF 50

As someone who wears makeup on most days, it can be hard to reapply sunscreen once you’ve already concealed, contoured, and powdered. Most formulas are only intended to be applied under your makeup and protect you for just a few hours, so I keep this convenient sunscreen spray on me at all times to refresh my SPF coverage throughout the day (you can spray it over your makeup without disturbing your glam). It's also formulated with skin-friendly ingredients like aloe, vitamin E, caffeine, and more to give my face a jolt of hydration, energy, and brightness — things it can always use after a long travel day or sun tanning session. Even better, it's on sale for $17 at Ulta right now. 

Blue Lizard Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

When considering which sunscreen is best for you, it’s important to evaluate when and where you are planning to use it. While some of my go-to SPF products are better suited for everyday protection, if I am preparing for an extended day outdoors or engaging in physical activities, I consistently apply Blue Lizard's fragrance-free sunscreen. This particular sunscreen is both sweat- and water-resistant, making it the perfect choice for active days. While it does give a slight white cast (nothing too stark), I don’t mind it because I know how much protection its mineral SPF 50 formula is giving me. 

Tower 28 SunnyDays SPF 30 Tinted Sunscreen

While I have a plethora of sunscreens in my lineup, when it comes to travel, I love streamlining my products as much as I can. The space in my toiletry bag is disappointingly finite, so that’s why I absolutely love this tinted SPF that acts as a sunscreen and glowy foundation. It actually works so well as a foundation that I’ve routinely worn it on nights out and have been delightfully pleased with its long-lasting, flashback-free formula. And I’m not the only one that loves skin-enhancing sunscreen, one Travel + Leisure writer raved that “this product saves time and does double duty by evening out my skin tone while also protecting from the sun, no matter the season.” Its light-to-medium coverage is perfect for anything on your itinerary and it's easy to apply on the go, so give it a try ahead of your next vacation. 

Tatcha The Kissu Lip Tint SPF 25

Protecting your lips from the sun is just as important as protecting the rest of your skin. UV rays can cause damage to the delicate skin on your lips, leading to issues like sunburn, wrinkles, and dryness. I’ve tried plenty of SPF lip products over the years, but few have compared to this newly released lip tint from Tatcha. With SPF 25 coverage, a luxurious-feeling formula, and a subtle tint of color, this product not only keeps my lips safe but also leaves them looking fabulous. I love that it gives me peace of mind that my pout is protected, hydrated, and dolled up. 

Tatcha The Silk Sunscreen SPF 50

In my experience, few mineral sunscreens that claim to feel weightless deliver, but this lightweight formula actually feels like a veil of silk on my skin. We all know how damaging and drying the sun can be for our skin, but fortunately, in addition to its SPF 50 protection, this product is filled with good-for-you ingredients like hyaluronic acid and niacinamide for extra hydration. It’s consistently sold out — which speaks to its effectiveness — but I found a bunch of them in stock at Sephora. Whether you wear it alone for a radiant, makeup-free look or as a base under makeup for all-day protection, this product is a game-changer.

Coola Scalp & Hair Sunscreen SPF 30

Many people tend to overlook the importance of protecting their scalp, but being as it's one of the first places that the sun touches, it should be a crucial part of your overall protection routine. In an effort to be more diligent about my scalp SPF coverage, I started using this product last summer, and I’m amazed by how much more hydrated my hair feels by not being dehydrated and burned from the sun. This spray blends in incredibly seamlessly, providing protection within moments and, even better, without making your hair feel greasy or weighed down.

Sun Bum Original Sunscreen Spray SPF 70

Made without harmful chemicals like oxybenzone or octinoxate that harm our reefs, this is one of my go-to spray-on sunscreen products for beach days. It goes on easily, smells nice, and is affordable enough that I feel comfortable sharing it with large groups of people during a day out in the sun. In addition to my high praise, it's also garnered over 21,000 perfect ratings from shoppers, who gushed that its easy-to-apply formula never feels greasy . 

Supergoop! Mini Handscreen SPF 40 

I love nearly all of Supergoop’s effective and skin-friendly formulas , but a product that I feel is often overlooked is its hand cream. While you can (and should) be lathering your hands in your body SPF, the skin around our hands is much more delicate than the rest of our body (it's one of the first places to show wrinkles as we age). Therefore, it benefits from sunscreen with a bit more TLC. That’s where Handscreen, which is designed specifically for your hands, comes in. Formulated with SPF 40 and anti-aging antioxidants and hydrating oils, it's not only protecting your skin, but also enhancing it over time. 

EltaMD UV AOX Eye Broad Spectrum SPF 30 

The skin under our eyes, much like our hands and lips, is extremely delicate and requires special care — particularly in terms of sun protection. With a powerful SPF 30 and sun damage-reversing antioxidants that combat dark circles and wrinkles, this compact under-eye product is an essential addition to my travel toiletry bag. In fact, I use it in lieu of concealer on busy travel days thanks to its subtle coverage and skin-brightening ingredients. Although it may be a bit more expensive than your drugstore coverup, it's an invaluable product that goes a long way, and I firmly believe that it has had the most significant impact in terms of safeguarding my under-eyes from the sun and brightening them over time. Plus, it helps you save precious toiletry bag space. 

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