5 Flying Essentials

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

Author: Ashley Barby

I believe that our biggest regrets are for the chances that we don’t take. Above all, I believe that people are intrinsically good and that we are the sum of the people we surround ourselves with.

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