The best affordable, travel-friendly beauty bundles to get right now

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From sunscreen to shampoo, we've got the best travel kits that'll save you money and time. (Getty Images)

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It's an expense we often forget about when it comes to going on holiday - that hurried, last-minute purchase once you get through airport security of some random beauty essentials you'd never normally use.

And they always seem to be way more expensive at the airport, no?

We've got a brilliant tip though, that'll save you loads of money, time and hassle.

Many big-name brands have curated special beauty bundles and kits with mini and/or full-sized products that will save you loads of money.

As an example, you can save 50% on buying separate sunscreens with this Marks and Spencer Ultrasun family SPF bundle, £38.

These beauty bundles can be used for travel, or as an affordable starter kit to try out a new brand, or even as a gift to someone.

So check out our edit of brilliant bundle buys, and start counting your savings...

Top travel beauty bundles for summer

Marks and Spencer Ultrasun family SPF bundle | £38 from M&S

This top-rated sunscreen brand is made in Switzerland. The bundle features a 300ml Family SPF30 (which usually retails at £29.50 for a smaller 250ml size), UV Face & Scalp Mist SPF50 (normally £18.50), and the After Sun Gel (which sells for £19 for 150ml), so it's a brilliant buy for a family holiday.

Percy and Reed Summer Heroes Hair Collection | £44 from M&S

A kit bursting with multi-taskers by superstar hair brand Percy and Reed, repairs damage, protects colour, fights frizz and protects hair against humidity, heat and UV damage. With a travel-sized Wonder Shampoo and Wonder Conditioner, plus a 150ml Wonder Balm Hair Primer (which is usually £20 for just 75ml) and a 150ml tube of the Wonder Overnight Recovery Mask (normally £24) you can see how good the savings are.

Emma Hardie Hydrate & Protect Kit | £32 from M&S

Yes, you can get luxury skincare at less than half price to take away with you. This kit has travel-size versions of some of Emma Hardie's most loved products like the Midas Touch Revitalising Cream (usually £44 for 50ml), Moringa Cleansing Balm (sells for £25 for 50g), Protect and Prime moisturiser (normally £46 for 50ml), the Purifying Pink Clay Detox Mask and the Dual Action Cleansing Cloth (retails at £40 for 50ml). If you're a newbie to Emma Hardie this is a great way to try her stuff out, while also keeping your skin looking radiant while on holiday. Win/win.

Soltan Family Essentials Travel Pack | £9 from Boots

A vegan sunscreen brand which is light, easily absorbed and offers five-star UVA and UVB protection for all the family. The products retail at £3.50 individually so buying this kit saves you £5. You'll get Soltan Kids Protect & Moisturise Lotion SPF50+ 50ml; Soltan Protect & Moisturise Lotion SPF30 50ml; Soltan Protect & Moisturise Lotion SPF50+ 50ml; Soltan Soothe & Moisturise Aftersun Lotion 50ml.

Philip Kingsley Smooth & Shiny Jet Set | £30 from Boots

The three products you need to keep frizz at bay for great holiday hair. This hair bundle has the Re-Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner alongside the iconic Elasticizer Deep Conditioning Treatment. As the average single Phillip Kingsley product retails for over £20, this is a fantastic saving. And also a great way to try out the brand and see if you like it.

No7 Cleansed & Radiant Collection Bundle | £25 from Boots

The perfect group of products to take on a longer holiday when you're putting luggage in the hold, this will save you nearly £35 on buying these products separately. You'll get everything you need to keep your skin looking glowy on holiday, from cleansing wipes, to face oil, and eye masks. And you'll be able to keep using it when you get back, too.

Dr.Jart+ Ceramidin Travel Skincare Gift Set | £13 from John Lewis & Partners

The Korean skincare range with a cult following has this perfect kit for a mini-break, featuring three of its Ceramidin favourites: Dr.Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid 10ml - a lightweight, moisturising toning liquid for hydration; Dr.Jart+ Ceramidin Serum 5ml - A deeply nourishing serum/moisturiser and Dr.Jart+ Ceramidin Cream 10ml - a nourishing face cream to lock in moisture. Given that even a 15ml version of the Ceramidin Cream is £13, you can see this is a great deal.

Molton Brown Travel Body & Hair Bodycare Gift Set | £30 from John Lewis & Partners

If you're after some good quality but affordable shower and hair products for the family while you're away, this kit is the answer. You'll get five luxurious 100ml versions of Orange and Bergamot or Coastal Cypress and Sea Fennel shower gel, alongside a body lotion, and a volumising shampoo plus conditioner. With the brand's larger, 300ml shower gel retailing at £25, and a 300ml shampoo at £20, it's clear there are some serious savings.

Jo Malone London English Pear & Freesia Travel Collection Fragrance Gift Set | £46.50 from John Lewis & Partners

If you hate leaving your nice perfumes and lotions at home, Jo Malone has come to the rescue with mini products in her signature English Pear and Freesia scent - a 9ml cologne, a 50ml body creme and a 100ml body and hand wash. If you're doing the maths, a 50ml version of the body creme is usually £24, the 100ml hand and body wash is £18 and a 30ml cologne is £55.

Superdrug Bristle & Smith Mini Travel Set | £10 from Superdrug

Your male partner/travel companion will love this bargain buy which has four, 50ml versions of body wash, body lotion, face and beard wash and a shave balm, so he doesn't even need to think about what to take to keep looking on point.

Revolution X Friends Thanks Giving Eyeshadow Palette Set | £20 from Superdrug

This set has three mini, nine-pan palettes with mattes and shimmer shades in lots of beautiful colours that'll suit every occasion whether fine dining on a city break, or sipping cocktails at a stylish beach bar. And if you have a teenage daughter, you can share it. (The brand's full eyeshadow palettes range from approximately £9 to £15).

Studio London Travel brush set | £9 from Superdrug

All the brushes you need for your eyes and cheeks in one handbag-sized kit. The flat brush is for liquid foundation/primer, the fluffier brush is for powder/bronzer, and the dual-ended eye brush applies and blends eyeshadow. There's also an angled eyeliner brush for if you want to do the full feline flick for a night out, or you can use it to fill/shape your brows.

Hello Sunday Good To Glow | £50 (was £52) from Space NK

This is the coolest SPF brand on the planet right now because its products protect from UVA and UVB rays, blue light, pollution and are free from nasties like oxybenzone, octinoxate and benzophenone. This travel set has a 50ml facial moisturiser with SPF 30 enriched with Vitamin C; a 75ml SPF 30 face mist (which you can spritz on as a top-up over makeup) and a 15ml SPF50 mineral eye cream.

Augustinus Bader - The Starter Kit With The Rich Cream | £150 from Space NK

Yes, this is pricey, but this brand has been lauded as being as luxurious and incredible by numerous A-listers such as Victoria Beckham who is a big fan. This lovely kit could be used for travel, or as a starter kit to try out the brand. With The Cream Cleansing Gel (30ml), The Essence (30ml), The Rich Cream (15ml) and The Face Oil (10ml), this has everything you need to keep look fresh and radiant after a day in the sun. To see what a great deal this is, a 30ml version of The Rich Cream alone would set you back £135, and 10m face oil retails for £68.

Space NK The Essentials Bestseller Box | £40 from Space NK

Although this is a gift set, it five brilliant products that'd are small enough to take on holiday - like Paula's Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant (30ml) which is known for its pore-shrinking, breakout-busting qualities; obe pair of Patchology Flashpatch Rejuvenating Eye Gels (perfect for depuffing jet lagged peepers) and the hugely popular JVN Complete Instant Recovery Serum to protect hair against heat and damage (check out our review of it here). It's an amazing price point for so many iconic products.