Spicing Up Girls' Trips: DIY Travel Swag Bag Ideas

By Emily Papa, Macaroni KID South Hills Publisher March 25, 2024

So, I recently escaped the 'Burgh and headed off to Punta Cana to reunite with my awesome squad of amazing women I hadn't seen in ages. The excitement of going to see everyone had me on cloud nine, and I decided to amp up the trip by surprising them with some killer travel swag bags – total game-changer! With a little help from some amazing local South Hills sponsors, I whipped up these bags on a whim, and let me tell you, it was an absolute blast. Now, I’m counting down the days until our next adventure to crank up the creativity even more! 💗

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If you're on the lookout for some inspo for your own travel swag bags, here's the lowdown on what I threw into mine, and the local business that supported us with some awesome swag:

  • Styled With Grace: Bokka Botanika Replenishing Moisture Masque - Because who doesn't love a bit of pampering? This moisture masque is a game-changer.
  • The Lash Lounge South Hills: Eye-Catching Essentials - Leopard-print fanny pack, eye makeup remover, lint-free wipes, headband, and spoolie – essentials for every glam girl.
  • Drybar Shops Pittsburgh: Haircare Essentials - Keep those locks looking fierce with Detox Dry Shampoo, Hot Toddy Heat Protectant, and Triple Sec Finishing Spray.
  • Frenchies South Hills: Nail File and Buffer - Because flawless nails are a must on vacay.
  • DIY Mini Pharmacies - Crafted with love, these little kits have pain relievers, antacids, bandaids, and all the fixings for a worry-free trip.
  • Farmhouse Fresh: Agave Nectar Body Oil and Guac Star Face Masks - Skincare, but make it fun! You can find this locally at Tuscan Spa or order online with code EMILY20 for a sweet 20% off.
  • Self-Care Essentials - Mini face rollers and Laneige lip masks for those chill moments.
  • Hair Accessories - Stay looking fly with cute hair clips and ponytails.
  • Liquid IV: Hydration on the Fly - Stay refreshed with Liquid IV – a must for those tropical vibes.
  • Fun and Functional Extras - Glow-in-the-dark ice cubes for a bit of fun and a pink handheld mini rechargeable fan with a power bank and flashlight – seriously, the coolest travel gadget ever! 
  • Sunscreen, Gum, Candy, and Lots of Love! - Because who doesn't need some extra TLC?

Want to win your own swag bag packed with these goodies? Check out our post on Instagram for your chance to win a Travel Swag Bag valued over $750!