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Travel essentials. Perhaps it’s an overused phrase, but I just never get tired of it!
In today’s quick post I’m showing you all of my absolute essentials when I’m smushed into an airplane seat.
I’ve got a 9 hour flight (!) coming up that I’d really like to get some sleep on, but I still don’t want to stumble off the plane and, as my favorite travel vlogger, Sonia Gil, says, “walk around looking like a slap in the face.” (If you haven’t checked out Sonia’s channel, Sonia’s Travels, I highly recommend it.)
These 10 beauty items ensure I have a comfy flight, (well, mostly,) and I disembark feeling refreshed and ready to go, (well, as much as possible.)
And away we go!
Hair ties // I throw my hair up in a loose bun as soon as my butt lands in my seat. It keeps my neck from feeling stifled, and it protect my hair from getting yanked, snagged, or tangled in any of the various hazards that arise when you’re in such close quarters with other people. I’ve been liking these because they’re a bit cuter than your average hair ties.
Ribbon Hair Ties Neutral Tones by Kenz Laurenz >> [Amazon]
Nail clippers // They’re not just for clipping nails, which may I add, is a godsend when you’re stuck at 30,000 feet with a chipped nail that’s catching on everything. I use mine to open snack bags and clip stray threads off my clothes. I’ve even been known to occasionally cut a stray hair that won’t leave my face alone.
A selection of nail clippers >> [Amazon]
Baby wipes // Airplanes are dirty places, and getting up to wash in the teeny tiny lavatory sink isn’t always convenient. I use baby wipes to clean my hands before eating, or just for general cleanliness. If you need a refresher, they’re also great for wiping your face and neck when you’re feeling sticky, or removing makeup as you settle in for a long flight.
Johnson’s Hand & Face Baby Wipes, 25 count >> [Amazon]
Aquaphor lip balm // When my lips dehydrate, they get flaky, itchy, and they burn like I just spent a month in the sun. It’s the worst. Aquaphor proves itself a miracle every time! I apply it liberally every hour or so to keep my lips protected and moisturized. I haven’t found any lip balm that works as well as this one does.
Aquaphor Lip Repair >> [Amazon]
Clinique facial moisturizer // I keep a small tube of my regular daytime facial moisturizer on hand to remedy any dry patches on my face and keep my undereyes nice and supple. I’m not one to get out a sheet mask and turn my cramped seat into a makeshift spa. I just layer on the moisturizer frequently, and then wipe off any excess with a baby wipe at the end of the flight.
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ >> [Sephora]
CereVe body lotion // For hands and non-facial areas, I use CereVe because it is super creamy and moisturizing, and it just feels like home. The pump makes it very easy to transfer into a travel sized bottle. It’s also unscented, which is important because I do try to be courteous of my seat neighbors who may have sensitivities to strong scents.
CereVe Moisturizing Lotion >> [Amazon]
Cooling eye mask // This is a new discovery that I have no idea how I survived so long without! I pop one of these in my refrigerator the night before my flight and take it out right before I leave for the airport. The cooling sensation helps alleviate any headache pain, plus it keeps my eyes looking de-puffed and fresh. When the coolness fades, I simply ask the flight attendant for a cup of ice and wrap my mask around the cup to re-chill it.
Tip >> When you’re searching for a cooling mask, be sure to choose a clay mask over a gel one. TSA considers gel a liquid, which means your eye mask will end up stealing precious space in your quart-sized liquids bag. Clay isn’t a liquid, so simply place it in your carry-on and you’re good to go!
FOMI Cold Therapy Clay Eye Mask >> [Amazon]
Talc-free body powder // Sometimes airplanes have me feeling pretty icky, and layering on stick deodorant doesn’t help the cause. I refresh by wiping down with a baby wipe, and then patting on a small amount of talc-free powder over my skin so I feel sticky-free. I’ll do this on my neck and chest area, in the crooks of my elbows and knees, my feet, and let’s be real, even my armpits. (Don’t worry, I avoid doing this one in my seat. I’m not a total trainwreck.)
Honeybee Gardens Deodorant Powder, Aluminum & Talc Free >> [Amazon]
Mini hair brush // We all know what these are for. Near the end of the flight, it becomes time to unravel the disheveled bun and make myself look like respectable member of society again. Rather than an airplane gremlin.
*Unrelated side note– Has anybody seen that episode of The Twilight Zone with William Shater and the gremlin on the wing? I just watched it. It’s pretty creepy.
Wet Brush Multi-Pack Squirt Detangler Hair Brushes >> [Amazon]
Colgate mini disposable toothbrushes // The idea of taking a full-on toothbrush and toothpaste into the lavatory really grosses me out. But I still want clean teeth. I like using these small, disposable toothbrushes just with water to freshen up my mouth before landing. When I’m done, I simply throw it away instead of packing my wet, lavatory-air-contaminated toothbrush back in my bag.
Colgate MaxFresh Wisp Disposable Travel Toothbrushes >> [Amazon]
That’s all for today!
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Till next time. ♥︎
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