As most people know by now, I pride myself on being a light traveler. Two weeks overseas with a carry-on? No problem! That being said, there are a few items that are non-negotiables when it comes to flying. These are the 5 items that I never travel without:
- Neutrogena Makeup Removing Towelettes – Do. Not. Fly. With. Makeup. On. Your skin will pay for it over the next week. Since coming to this revelation, I’ve discovered how handy a small pack of Neutrogena Makeup Removing Towelettes are. If you have a morning flight, don’t bother applying makeup until you land. If you have a daytime or evening flight, throw some towelettes in your purse, pop into the bathroom to quickly wipe off your makeup, and off you go.
- Mini-tubes of Clinique moisturizer – This might be an age thing (hello 30!) but holy crap, flying wreaks havoc on your skin. Which is why I have come to rely so heavily on mini-tubes of Clinique Moisturizers. Unlike the piddly-sized trial packets of product, Clinique’s mini-tubes (15ml and 50 ml) provide enough product to get you through an entire trip. Plus, their products are scent free, making them a perfect pick for moisturizing mid-flight.
- Alcohol wipes – I’m not going to lie, I can’t take credit for this one. A wise Barby (in fact, the only kind of Barby) turned me onto these gems during flu season. Small enough not to occupy any precious liquid space, I go through at least 3 disinfecting wipes per flight. The first thing[remove s] I do when I sit down is disinfect my arm rests and screen. And you know better than to be touching that bathroom door handle without breaking out disinfecting wipes.
- Bose sound eliminating headphones – These guys are a lifesaver when it comes time to concentrate on a long flight. I am always shocked by how loud the ambient noise of flying is when I turn them off. Bonus points because they plug into the in-flight audio system, in case you find yourself stuck with earbuds that only cooperate with your iPhone.
- Water Bottle – Again with the dehydration! But seriously. I always bring a reusable water bottle with me and fill it up after I get through security. This way you don’t need to precariously balance a little cup full of water on your lap during the flight, or pay $6 for airport water. Pro tip: have the flight attendant fill up you water when they pass through the cabin.
I hope these tips make your travel a bit smoother!