What’s in my clear plastic bag? In-flight essentials

17th November 2016 No Comment


One of the things I struggle most with as a frequent flyer has to be the limits on what liquids you’re allowed to take on board. Most of the time I’m pretty good at not trying to take huge amounts of liquids through, but there always is that annoying time in transit when you get stopped because you forgot to bin that bottle of water before security. My main issue that I’m sure many of you can relate to is the size of the plastic bag – I have no problem finding bottles of lotions and potions within the 100ml limit, but it’s sometimes a struggle taking all of them at once. There was a time I did insist on trying to take two bags full of travel-size products through security when travelling hand-luggage only and held up a lot of very tired and angry Germans in Berlin, but that’s another story…

Anyway, since then I’ve managed to become a lot more selective with products I take on board with me. Here are my clear plastic bag essentials that will get me through my long-haul flights:

  1. Toothpaste. Self-explanatory really.
  2. Deodorant. Also obvious.
  3. Eye make-up remover. No one wants panda eyes when you wake up after dozing off for a couple of hours.
  4. Cleanser/exfoliator. My skin always ends up feeling really dirty from all the recycled air so it’s nice to feel like you can get rid of the grime and potentially exfoliate too with an exfoliating cleanser that you can apply with a cotton pad, fuss-free.
  5. Toner. This should replace any moisture lost when you cleanse and it feels lovely before you moisturise!
  6. Serum. The main point of a serum is to allow your moisturiser to penetrate deeper into your skin, which is more important than ever when your skin is subject to hours of dehydration in a plane cabin.
  7. Moisturiser. Sometimes I’ll take a small pot or even just sachets, but I’ll always try to moisturise every couple of hours if possible. When you use moisturiser on a plane, you’ll see how quickly your skin really does dry out! Sometimes I’ll also take a light mask to use as a moisturiser as it’s much more concentrated.
  8. Oil. Taking it one step further than a moisturiser, having some kind of oil with you is great for if you notice a particularly dry area of your skin. I also like to do my cuticles with oil to pass some time and the smell creates a spa illusion for just a couple of minutes!
  9. Hand moisturiser. It’s really all about the moisturisers! My hands get pretty dry, particularly in winter so I always have hand cream on hand (as it were) anyway.
  10. Hand sanitiser. So much dirt on planes. Everywhere. You need this.
  11. Mouth ulcer gel. So important when all you have available is whatever airport and plane food is available. I’m also prone to ulcers during long trips when I’m tired so this just makes life easier.
  12. Le Blanc de Chanel. Now onto makeup. This is such a great product for when you’re about to get off a plane and need to look more alive. It’s colourless but smooths out your complexion and is a great base for liquid and/or powder foundation if you’re going the whole makeup hog.
  13. Concealer. For those of us who can’t be bothered to don full warpaint before exiting the aircraft. Mainly goes under my puffy eyes and to cover up any redness/blemishes from the flight.
  14. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat. This is a gorgeous product that does help you feel slightly more fabulous than otherwise after flying long-haul. Use it under your eyes, on your browbone and forehead as well as around your nose to freshen up your complexion in seconds.
  15. Mascara. My final makeup staple for the plane. Being blessed with blonde locks has its disadvantages, one of them being blonde eyelashes. This makes me look (and feel) put together enough to face the day.
  16. Perfume. The finishing touch – I dislike going anywhere without perfume so I always make sure I have a small bottle on hand to freshen up at the end of a flight.

What are your long-haul flight essentials? Let me know in the comments below!