Trying to stuff that small, plastic bag full of your liquids can be an arduous task, but if you think ahead, it doesn’t have to be stressful, and it can make your travels a lot more enjoyable and stress-free.
First-up, you have to fit ALL your hand luggage liquid items in that standard plastic bag and they can be any size 100ml and below. Either side of that they may make you throw away items and ain’t nobody got time for dat. I pre-pack my plastic bag at home (I have a bunch I keep @ home for travel) so I know I won’t have to worry about rifling through my hand luggage before the security gate…we’ve all been there.
If you are only on a short flight I don’t worry so much about having beauty items or makeup on board, but anything over 2-3 hours, I like to have things to make the flight more comfortable and also to freshen me up before landing. It can make all the difference!
First up and most important for me ; the de-stressers/anti-anxiety fixes. I am NOT a good flyer at all, so alongside the valium I will also take my trust bottle of Rescue Remedy & my This Works Deep Sleep Stress Less roll-on. Rescue Remedy comes in all kinds of forms including pastels, sprays and droppers ; I always use the dropper which you just put into your mouth. It is a blend of 38 flower essences that when in combination soothe and comfort you. They don’t make you feel drowsy or tired or anything which is the benefit, it’s just something that helps my anxiety a little. The This Works roll-on from is a potent essential oil blend of Eucalyptus, Frankincense & Lavender that not only calm and relax your mind & body, but the frankincense also helps to fight infection (plane nasties) and Eucalyptus helps you breathe more easily & prevents conjestion. An absolute must-have for long-haul flights.
For keeping my skin hydrated I always, always travel with a small Jurlique Rosewater spray. I just use it over my makeup or whatever I have on to boost my skin’s hydration, refresh & it’s also anti-bacterial. A good multi-use balm is always handy for travel and one of my favourites is the Lanolips 101 ointement ; called so because you can use it in that many ways…apparently. I use it on my lips/cuticles and any severely dry skin as it just locks in hydration and doesn’t feel greasy. My Pure Potions Skin Salvation Hand Cream comes to the rescue for my dry hands that seem to age by 5 years as soon as I step onto the plane, plus it’s in a super travel-friendly 50ml pump plastic bottle.
On long-haul flights I will usually pack in some kind of eye mask and the Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye Masks are some of my favourite. These hydrate, de-puff and soothe the delicate eye area and just make you feel revived and lively. Dragons Blood is an anti-inflammatory tree sap (spoiler ; dragon’s aren’t real) & hyaluronic acid to provide hydration and plumping the eye area. If you don’t have eye masks and you look like sh*t then another easy option is just to whack on your sunglasses and be done with it. I’m currently loving my Quay Australia sunnies and I think I own 7 pairs right now!! I like to chuck them in my handbag so when you get off at your (hopefully) sunny & bright destination you can actually SEE plus they also hide the sins of the aformentioned puffy/tired/over-travelled eye bags.
I don’t carry much makeup-makeup with me, as I like to have a fresh face , but the Balance Me Tinted Wonder Eye Cream is a perfect travel companion as it is an eye serum AND a touch of concealer in one. I got this in my April Birchbox so I assume this is a smaller size than normal. It only comes in a ‘neutral’ shade so unfortunately won’t suit all skin tones.
Last and by no means least, the good ol’ handbag size deodrant ; there’s nothing like a good ols-fashioned Spanish Shower to help you feel better before you go onwards and upwards on your travels!
What are your in-flight essentials?