The hardest parts of travelling (in my opinion) happen before you even set off. The planning and even worse: the packing! Whether you’re using a backpack or a suitcase, chances are you have a limited baggage allowance and don’t want to be lugging a big heavy bag around the world with you. Start by leaving that bulky old hair dryer at home and invest in a travel hair dryer!
When we were packing for our recent six month trip away, my boyfriend suggested I leave my hair dryer and straighteners behind! He had a point, they take up precious space in your bags and are bulky shapes to pack. BUT – with long hair and holiday selfies to think of, it wasn’t an option for me.
I remember my first travel hairdryer, it was small (great) but useless (not great). A bit like the ones you see in cheap hotels on those curly wires, it basically blew a gentle breeze of burnt smelling warm air which did nothing for my wet hair. Useless!
Fortunately, these days there are some really great travel size hair dryers on the market. These are also all dual voltage models which means you won’t need to pack a converter – just an adapter plug for your chosen country. Especially handy for Europe where the voltage is higher than at home in the US and could present a risk of power blowouts. Here are my very favorites, tested for durability, size, power and styling-ability.
Let it Blow! It’s Drybar to Go The Ultimate Travel Essentials Kit
My absolutely favorite travel hair dryer has to be this one from Drybar. It’s a really cute hair dryer with it’s own travel pouch and accessories which will pack neatly into your bag. You’ve probably heard of Drybar already – who hasn’t? Their cool ‘bar style’ salons are all over the US and they specialize in ‘just blowouts, no cuts, no color’. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that their hair dryers are some of the best on the market!
The most impressive thing though (aside from how darn cute it looks) is the ‘baby buttercup’ dryer’s power. It’s better than any drugstore hair dryer you’ll find and honestly, isn’t far off the Drybar’s full size models. It stays cool whilst giving you the heat and power you need to dry even long hair like mine. It’s also quiet which helps if you’re staying in hostels and shared rooms. Despite being part of a kit, this travel hair dryer also comes with a nozzle – useful for bangs and directing the airflow to style your locks.
As well as folding down and coming in it’s own little travel pouch, the Drybar Ultimate Travel Essentials Kit includes a cute detangler, two styling clips and travel sized dry shampoo and conditioner. Whilst the shampoo and conditioner won’t last your whole trip, they’ll get you off to a flying start and help save the amount of times you need to wash your hair.
The Drybar ‘baby buttercup’ is dual voltage (120 / 240 volts). This means it’s safe to use outside of the US. It weighs a tiny 13 ounces and comes with a really long cord which is always useful because you don’t always know how far the plug socket will be from the mirror! It also comes with a 1 year warranty.
It’s worth the money!
Although this kit is a little more expensive than other travel dryers on the market, it’s worth the investment. You can be confident that wherever you go, it’ll perform like a full size hair dryer but, without taking up all that room in your bags! Buy the Let it Blow! Drybar To Go Travel Essentials Kit here.
MHU Dual Voltage Foldable Hair Dryer
I’ve included this foldable travel hair dryer from MHU because it’s a great option for those of you on a budget. Whilst it’s not going to quite give you the power of the Drybar dryer above, it is still a good option.
Just like the Drybar, it’s a dual voltage model meaning you can use it in Europe safely. This one also has a ceramic–tourmaline air outlet grill. What does that do? It helps keep your hair frizz free and healthy by balancing negative and positive ions in your hair to remove any static. A choice of two heat and speed combos and a cool air button also give you more freedom during hair drying.
A folding handle means this dryer is super compact and takes up virtually no space in your bag and a hanging loop makes it easy to store when you’re away. This dryer is, in my view, a really reliable, great value for money choice. Perfect for long weekends away and holidays but for longer term travelling, perhaps invest in something a little more durable. Purchase one on Amazon now.
Sixth Sense Dual Voltage Folding Travel Hair Dryer
A stylish travel hair dryer which will even fit in your carry on luggage. It comes with a super cute zebra print pouch for easy storage and the handle folds down too. The Sixth Sense hair dryer weighs 14 ounces and just like the others on this list, has a button to switch the voltage from 110 / 240 volts making it safe to use both in the US and the rest of the world.
I own this dryer and in fact, it went with me around a good chunk of Europe a few years back. It still works just as well and lives in the guest bedroom for when friends come to stay!
The two heat and speed settings give you an element of flexibility and the power is good for the size of the dryer. It’s also relatively quiet, again, good for shared spaces. Overall, this is a pretty and reliable option for travelling with and I would recommend it to anyone. Why not grab one for yourself here.
Revlon Perfect Heat 1875W Fast Dry Compact Dryer
The cheapest travel dryer on the list is this one from Revlon. It’s probably better suited to road trips and holidays within the US as opposed to plane trips abroad. It’s definitely a budget option.
The handle folds down and it comes with the ever-useful travel bag for easy storage. But, this one is heavier than some of the other options in my list. So if luggage weight is an issue, perhaps choose the Drybar or Sixth Sense over this one.
On the plus side, this dryer comes with a styling nozzle and has a cool setting. It’s dual voltage (as are all the dryers on my list today) and gives out a powerful heat. I also like the hanging loop which makes it easy to store when you’re away.
If you need a travel hair dryer but are on a tight budget I’d recommend this one. It’s also probably best for smaller trips or when luggage weight isn’t an issue. You can purchase it on Amazon here.
Kadori Professional Travel Blow Salon Hair Dryer Plug N Go
I really like this dryer. Not only does it look good, it performs like a full size dryer too.
Tourmaline generates negative ions to give your hair a slick, silky feel by balancing against positive ions and removing static. It dries your hair using hot infra-red technology to dry even long hair quickly. Two settings (low and high) also give you an element of flexibility when styling. I tend to dry bangs on a cooler setting and it works well for that.
This is the lightest travel hair dryer I’ve recommended today. It weighs just 7 ounces! You’ll hardly know it’s there so I’d recommend this one for longer term travelling and backpacking. Dual voltage options again make this a good option for travel outside of the US as no converter is required.
Are you off on some serious worldwide travels or planning to go backpacking for a long period of time? I’d say the Kadori Professional Travel Blow Dryer is the one you want. Purchase it now.
The Choice is Yours!
Any one of these five travel hair dryers will leave your hair looking better styled than any cheap hotel dryer can. They all have have fold down handles and weigh considerably less than a full size hair dryer. I’ve chosen them because of their compact nature, great performance and styling abilities.
But—probably most importantly— you need a travel hair dryer which is equipped with a dual voltage switch. All five of my recommended dryers have one. Don’t get caught out with a single US voltage dryer. If you don’t purchase a voltage converter (another item to pack…) you could be at risk of your dryer overheating and burning out. Not only is it a fire risk, it’ll also ruin your hair!
The world is such a beautiful place and travelling is a great way to educate your mind. I can’t help you with the pain of packing your bags. I can however, help you cut down on a little bit of bulk with a lightweight travel hair dryer. As long as you remember to pack the right plug adapter, you’ll be well on your way to stylish hair wherever you end up in the world!