I love flying. I love the suspense in the airport, the excitement on the plane, that it almost always leads to an adventure (unless you’re on the way home, even then I still enjoy the trip). I even get excited about the food. As you might know from my last post on our trip to New York, I’ve been on a little plane trip recently so have tried and tested a list of what was useful to have with me on the plane.
We all know how much flying wreaks havoc with your skin. As soon as I get on the plane, I’ll use micellar water in a spray bottle to spritz on cotton pads to remove any make up. This is also great for spraying on your face to refresh it mid flight and for cleansing my skin on the other side. After that, I’ll put a clear, moisturizing leave on mask like Origins Drink Up and leave that to sink into my skin. Origins do a smaller size of this mask which is perfect for hand luggage and feels like it gives your skin a protective barrier as well as nourishing it. I’ll usually reapply it a few times if my skin is particularly thirsty. I’ll also keep hand cream, eye cream and a miniature face cream with me. Fear not if you need moisturiser.
Keep it clean
I don’t really know what it is about planes that you makes you inevitably feel grubby, but they do. To combat that, I’ll always take baby wipes (multitasking saviours in most situations) and hand sanitizer. Carrying deodorant and chewing gum help you to freshen up mid flight and will be your best friend if you arrive at your destination and find your case has gone AWOL. Tissues, a nail file (this crystal file in it’s own carry case is great) and sweets to deal with air pressure drama on the way back down.
I carry a travel pillow, a big jumper, scarf, ear plugs and my favourite eye mask in case I need to sleep, but it’s equally important not to get bored when you’re trapped on the plane for hours on end. To stop boredom, the most important thing is your own (comfortable) headphones for watching films and tv on the plane – I got through a remarkable amount on our flight. I also pre-load our ipad with magazines to save on space in my bag, my phone for music and an actual real life book. just because I love them and you never know when technology/batteries might fail you.
I get a bit compulsive about teeny, tiny little bags to keep all my stuff in. I generally have a couple for different currencies, another to put smaller bits in (headphones, jewellery, passport). I pack a notebook and I am besotted with that little pink pencil case (all pouches are from H&M and the notebook is Paperchase).
The other side
When I reach the other side, I need to make myself look respectable, but I still like to keep it light. The smaller Tangle Teezer comes with a little case to protect the combs and is a great size for hand luggage. For make up, Dr Jart+ Water Fuse BB cream is my current favourite for my oily skin. A miniature Benefit PosieTint gives some life to tired cheeks and lips, Benefit They’re Real makes lashes look amazing without the aid of eyelash curlers and Benefit Gimme Brow grooms and fills your brows to give your face more definition. I hadn’t realised the extent of my reliance on Benefit until I wrote this post… A spritz of my favourite perfume in a Travalo atomiser and I’m ready.
What do you think is essential when you travel?