Essential Guide to Traveling with a Wig: Expert Tips for Wig Travel

Written by: Christina Jones



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Woman traveling with a wig

Seamless Style On-the-Go: Master the Art of Traveling with a Wig

Traveling exposes you to new experiences and challenges, particularly when it involves maintaining your personal style with a wig. With some strategic planning and insider knowledge, you can ensure your wig stays as vibrant and fresh as when you first styled it, regardless of your destination.


Choosing the Right Container: Opt for a sturdy wig box or a soft silk bag to protect your wig from dirt and prevent tangles during your travels. Always wash and condition your wig before packing to ensure it’s ready to wear upon arrival.

Pack the Essentials: Don’t forget to include a portable wig stand, which is crucial for maintaining your wig's shape. Also, bring along travel-sized wig care products like shampoo, conditioner, and a detangling spray to keep your wig in top condition. If you have specific styling tools and products you use, don’t forget to pack them. 

Wig Travel Essentials


Traveling with a wig doesn’t mean sacrificing style for convenience. With some clever modifications, you can ensure your wig is easy to maintain and versatile enough to handle quick style changes on the go.

  1. Choose Versatile Cuts: Opt for wigs with styles that can be easily changed without the need for extensive tools. For example, wigs with layers can be quickly styled into different looks—from sleek to voluminous—with minimal effort.

  2. Invest in Multi-Directional Wigs: Wigs with multi-directional parting offer greater styling flexibility. You can change the parting on the go to suit different outfits or occasions.

  3. Pre-Style with Travel in Mind: Before your trip, pre-style your wig into an easy-to-maintain look that will hold up well under travel conditions, such as loose braids, a simple updo, or effortless waves.

  4. Lightweight Hair Products : Pack lightweight styling products like mousse or spray that can offer hold and volume without needing heat tools.


Maintaining Shape and Style: Use a  temporary wig stand , such as a rolled-up towel or paper towel stand, to preserve your wig’s form. Avoid storing your wig in cramped spaces to prevent bends and creases.

Protect From Damage: Keep your wig away from direct sunlight and heat sources in your accommodations. At night, use a silk or satin cap and if you sleep in your wig or hairpiece, use a pillowcase to minimize friction and protect the fibers.


When traveling, the security of your wig—especially if it's an expensive or custom piece—is paramount.

  1. Wig Insurance: Consider insuring your expensive wigs. Check if your travel insurance policy can cover them or if additional personal item insurance is needed.

  2. Airport Security: Familiarize yourself with airport security guidelines regarding wigs. To avoid discomfort during screenings, you might prefer wearing a turban or scarf and packing your wig securely in your carry-on.

  3. Discreet Storage: Use a discreet and compact  wig case  for transportation. Avoid checking in your wig with luggage where it can be easily lost or damaged.

  4. Hotel Safety: Once at your destination, use a safe or secure storage area in your hotel room to store your wig when not in use.


Static Cling: Carry a small spray bottle with water mixed with fabric softener to combat static. Lightly misting the wig with this solution can help.

Sudden Frizz: Use a travel-sized silicone-based serum to tame frizz. Apply sparingly to avoid weighing down the wig.

Quick Cleaning: For quick cleans, use the  Restore Spray  or keep baby wipes handy, which can remove surface oils and dust without washing.


Handling Humidity and Salt Air: In beach areas, opt for synthetic wigs, which are better suited to handle moisture. Keep your wig stored in a cool, dry place away from the harsh elements.

Desert Climates: In dry settings, use a moisturizing leave-in conditioner and store your wig in a sealed bag with a humidifier pouch to maintain moisture levels.

Urban Areas: To protect against urban dust and pollution, wrap your wig in a silk scarf when not in use and brush it regularly to remove debris.


Lighter, More Practical Options for Travelers
Sometimes, a full wig may not be the best choice, especially for active or adventure-heavy trips.

  1. Travel-Specific Wigs: Invest in lighter, synthetic wigs that are easier to care for and less susceptible to climate-induced styling issues.

  2. Scarves and Hats: Bring stylish scarves or hats that can be worn instead of a wig. They offer a fashionable look while giving your scalp a break from the wig.

  3. Partial Wigs: Consider hairpieces or partial wigs, which can be easier to manage and style while traveling.


An emergency kit can be a lifesaver for wig wearers on the road.

  • Backup Wig: Bring a second wig or have multiple backups in case something happens and there are no local wig stores. 

  • Mini Spray Bottles: Fill with water or leave-in conditioner to help manage static or frizz.

  • Spare Caps and Liners: Pack extra wig caps and silk liners to manage sweat and keep your wig clean.

  • Portable Wig Stand: A collapsible wig stand will keep your wig’s shape each night.

  • Instant Stain Removers: For quick cleaning, especially if makeup or dirt stains your wig unexpectedly.


Carry a comprehensive wig care kit tailored for travel

Use a breathable wig cap to enhance comfort

Opt for a lightweight and collapsible wig stand

Refresh your wig with a travel-friendly spray conditioner

Keep a silk scarf handy for quick wraps to protect against environmental factors


Traveling with a wig successfully requires foresight and adaptability. By preparing adequately, protecting your wig from potential damage, and being mindful of the local environment and cultural norms, you can enjoy your travels while keeping your wig looking fabulous. Embrace these tips to make every journey with your wig as comfortable and stylish as your adventures.

The Author: Christina Jones

Recognized as THE Wig Expert at The Wig Company. My fascination with wigs began at age 6 when I wielded scissors on Barbie's head. Since then, I've immersed myself in the world of wigs, utilizing my hairstylist background to explore endless possibilities. Now, I have the privilege of sharing my knowledge with you!

Engaging with remarkable women who embody bravery, courage, and beauty has been invaluable. I am humbled to meet each and every one of you and provide assistance in any way possible.