The best travel hair dryers to accompany you on your next vacation

(Lily England)

What is the hardest thing about saying goodbye when you go on vacation? Friends, family… maybe your trusty hair tools? While the latter may seem a bit extreme, it might be the only thing on your mind as you prepare each night, fresh from the pool and ready to transition into Evening You.

Maybe you tried to pack your beloved straighteners and hair dryers into your weekend bag, before accepting defeat and deciding you’ll probably need a change of shoes more than a full-size hair dryer.

Enter: The best travel hair dryers. Designed to slip into your bag without taking up too much space, these compact dryers promise to transform your hair no matter where you are in the world.

There are a few things to keep in mind before investing in one of these portable tools. Sure, many travel hair dryers don’t come with the same intense heat output as their full-size counterparts. But you’ll still find hair dryers with around 2,000 watts of power, promising fast drying at a safe speed that won’t damage your locks.

You’ll also want to look for hairdryers with a collapsible style, which means they can fit into smaller side pockets and save you that much-needed space in your bag.

And, if you regularly travel to a new place and need a portable dryer each time, you’ll want to check the length of the cord. After all, there’s nothing worse than smugly unpacking your travel hair dryer and then realizing the cord won’t stretch near the nearest mirror.

We’ve rounded up all the best travel hair dryers.

ghd Flight® Travel Hair Dryer Gift Set

Say goodbye (temporarily) to your beloved GHD straightening irons, as the GHD Travel Dryer promises to become your new best friend anytime you’re on the go. Designed specifically for those on the go, this travel hair dryer is cute and compact, perfect for slipping into your bag, knowing your hair will look as good as it does at home.

About 50% lighter than the original GHD air, but with 70% power, this is the only tool you’ll need for fast drying around the world. This hair dryer is one of the safest options for your hair and your environment as it automatically shuts off when it gets too hot and offers a few different temperature options for versatile results.

Buy Now £65.00, GHD

Babyliss 5344BU Travel Hair Dryer

The Babyliss 5344BU Travel Hair Dryer is not only small enough to throw in your carry-on and forget about until you reach your destination, but it’s also cheap enough that you won’t feel too worried about excess of zeal of the luggage staff. toss your bag more merrily than anticipated.

This affordable travel hair dryer packs everything you need for salon-worthy hair, no matter how much moisture is in the air. With 2000W of power and a dual voltage function, it is one of the best options for quick drying without taking up too much space.

Shop Now £20.00, Boots

Phil Smith Lightweight Travel Hair Dryer

This lightweight travel hair dryer takes up virtually no space in your bag to the extent that if you’re a famous packer, you might have a few worrying moments when unpacking that you may have accidentally forgotten it. Once you’ve got it safely out of the bottom of your bag, it’s only a few minutes away from having a good hair day.

This 1200W hair dryer might not be the most powerful, but for its price, it’s definitely a lot more impressive than the one that may (or may not) be included in your hotel room. With its lightweight and compact design, it is suitable for use all over the world without hesitation.

Buy Now £12.00, Argos

Remington On The Go Compact Dryer

The foldable handle on the Remington On The Go Compact Dryer ensures that it fits easily into even the smallest of travel bags. An inexpensive option that still packs a punch, this 2000W hair dryer is one you’ll take with you as an essential whenever you travel. Add this to its two different heat and speed settings and you have a perfect hair dryer for all hair types, in all situations.

Shop Now £15.99, Boots

Drybar Baby Buttercup Travel Dryer

The cult favorite Drybar is a new addition to the UK market, landing direct from the US. Take the brand’s super-powered methods to your next holiday destination with the Baby Buttercup Travel Dryer.

With its bright yellow hue and perfectly curated professional-grade tools, it’s one of the best travel hair dryers if you’re not taking precautions with your hair while you’re out and about. In addition to its dual voltage for overseas travel, this hair dryer contains a wave heater to ensure even heat distribution as you style. It also weighs just 0.36kg, making it one of the lightest options out there.

Shop Now £85.00, Cult Beauty

Pritech hair dryer brush

The Pritech Blow Dryer Brush tackles all kinds of holiday hair issues from multiple angles. This is a blow dryer brush rather than your typical travel blow dryer, which means it offers a few more curated options than just transforming your hair from wet to dry.

This multi-tool pack includes not only a hair dryer brush for smooth locks, but also some other tools to style as you like. Its detachable nature means that if you’re packing super light, you can choose your favorite to go, or if you have a little extra room in your case, you can bring the whole pack for unlimited styling options.

Buy Now £22.98, Amazon

Lily England Travel Hair Dryer

The Lily England Travel Hair Dryer is small but mighty – one of the most compact options with a powerful 1800W to give you freshly dried locks in minutes.

Lightweight and portable, the compact design of this hair dryer means it fits easily into your luggage, suitcase or gym bag – perfect for taking on the go or easy storage at home. Use its detachable nozzle for a more tailored look and finish with its cool shot button for one last blast of cool air to seal in your style before you head out.

Buy Now £24.99, Amazon

TRESemme Salon Pro Travel Hair Dryer

The TRESemme Salon Pro Travel Hair Dryer is one of the most popular travel hair dryers, bringing together everything you need for easy styling whether you’re at home or on the go.

With its folding handle and dual voltage, this is a hair dryer you can take with you around the world without fear of accidentally causing a power outage. It also comes with a mini paddle brush that’s the same travel-friendly size for the perfect finishing touch.

Buy Now £25.00, Argos

WAHL Travel Hair Dryer

Wahl’s travel hair dryer is perhaps the smallest of the bunch, but it still comes with all the essentials: two heat settings and a foldable design so you can store it in the corner of your weekend bag. It also comes with multiple styling options, like the concentrator nozzle and diffuser attachments, which allow for a little more versatility when you’re deciding exactly how to style your hair. With its worldwide voltage, it’s also safe to use anywhere in the world.

Buy Now £15.99, Amazon

T3 Micro Compact Dryer, Lavender

You may not consider color a priority when it comes to travel hair dryers, but that’s something you’ll reconsider when you’ve admired T3’s beautiful lavender hue. This stylish travel hair dryer is a little more expensive than most, but it works differently than many other dryers.

Its specially designed fan generates a large volume of ion-enriched air that exits the dryer in a wide cone shape at a gentle speed that quickly dries large sections of your hair. What that means is that this dryer is your new vacation staple if you often struggle to get ready on time.

Buy Now £92.79, Amazon


A good hair day isn’t just limited to your home when you choose the right travel hair dryer. You will find us carrying our GHD Flight Travel Hair Dryer at all times, for hair worthy of swish around the world.

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