Traveling for business all the time, especially as a parent, can be stressful. There is always worries about what’s going on at home, if everything is okay, etc. But I find that getting away from time to time, even if it is for work, also helps us have the alone time we all need. Having said that, traveling is hard on the body and skin and can be physically exhausting. Being a special needs mom, I usually cut my trips as short as I possibly can and fly across the country and back in less than twenty four hours. Such schedule, of course, made me feel not my best self for days after the trip, and I resent not feeling my best! So after years of trial and error, I found a few brands and products that are my absolute travel essentials and make my flights comfortable.
Beauty routine before the flight:
Flights can really dry out skin, so extra moisturizing face cream and drinking tons of water are musts. The first thing I do when I wake up is drink a full glass of water, and then, throughout the day, I make an effort to drink as much water I can. When in the air, every time a flight attendant comes by with a beverage, I take a cup of water, not coke, not tomato juice, and not wine. Just water.
In-Flight Beauty Bag:
I was hooked on face mists the moment I discovered them! When in flight, I always felt so worn out, and a few spritz of Rose mist made my skin so happy! A lip balm and hand cream are also a must. Every time I get up to go to the restroom (after all the water I drink!) and wash my hands, I have to use my hand cream. The air, water, and soap are just so super dry! For lip balm I use Fresh’s Sugar lip treatment, and for a hand cream, I use Caudalie Hand and Nail cream and for overnight or longer flights I also use Hand Masks by Sephora Collection. Make sure to have small sizes for creams so that you stick to the guidelines for liquids and creams on board. I’ve had to leave a product or two behind before because of this hehe.
For comfort, I always have some Advil on hand in case if headache creeps in, eye drops, and a travel package of Band-Aid! For some reason, I always(!) get blisters when I travel, and walking with blisters is torturouse! So Band-Aid is my savior!
My phone, laptop, nook, and magazines are my top picks, so headphones, laptop charger, phone charger, extra phone battery are always in my carry on. I keep all my chargers and batteries in a ziplock bag. It makes a big difference when it comes to keeping my carryon organized and neat! No more tangled wires!
Red-Eye or Long Flight Essentials:
When it comes to cutting trip hours, red-eye flights are great. Imagine, you can take a redeye flight from LA to New York, spend a day there, and fly back all in 24 hours! But of course, redeye flights can make you look and feel like a zombie if you are not prepared. So, a sleeping eye mask (many people are watching movies, and screens aren’t conducive to sleep), an inflight pillow, a warm throw or shawl, and cozy socks are my must haves! Just before getting on the flight, I take all my makeup off and put my extra moisturizing and brightening overnight facemark. It’s a clear color, so I don’t scare anyone hehe.
My favorite sleeping eye mask is by Wildfox. It is honestly the softest mask I’ve ever owned!! My favorite makeup wipes are Ole Henriksen’s brightening ‘Clean Truth’ cleansing cloths and overnight moisturizing facemask is Sephora sleeping mask.
Also, whether it is an overnight flight or not, always wear layers. Not sure why, but many pilots in overnight flights, turn thermostat to freezing temperatures. Okay, freezing to me, which doesn’t not always mean freezing hehe. But if you are anything like me, and get cold easily, sweater or sweatshirt with a hoodie is a must. I specifically say ‘hoodie’ because even if you turn off your overhead fan, the main air conditioner may blowing strong, so hoodie comes in handy.
Okay, I think I mentioned all of my inflight travel essentials. Please let me know if I missed anything, or if there is anything you love taking with you that makes your flight so much more pleasant.