In-Flight Essentials


It's just a few more days until I'll be off to New York! I'm so excited as I've wanted to go for literally years and it's finally here. I'm not good with flying but I really want to stop letting it stand in the way of me seeing more of the world. Today I thought I'd share with you my long-haul essentials. Luckily we're flying with BA so you get two pieces of hand luggage. I'm taking minimal stuff with me as I want plenty of space for purchases so a lot of what I'm packing for the journey is going to be what I'll be using over there, with as little as possible in my hold luggage.



My mum bought me this gorgeous (slightly Chanel Boy-esque?) and surprisingly roomy Zara Chain City Bag (£89.99), which I have as my small handbag and I want to use my River Island Weekend Bag (£65) as my cabin luggage (though I need to measure it and check it isn't too large - otherwise it'll be my little cabin suitcase!) The weekend bag I have is now sold out as it was a limited edition design, so I've linked the same style in another print as they're really roomy and perfect for this kind of journey (less so if you're walking around carrying it for ages though, be warned!)

Beauty


I have the Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Hand Food Mini ( £2.50) packed because I think I have the driest hands in the world so don't go anywhere without a little hand cream in my bag. Hand Food is one of my favourites as it's so hydrating but still very lightweight and fast-absorbing. I love the tangy scent of Sugar Crush - it reminds me of mojitos! I also have the matching Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Hand Sanitiser (£2.50), which is a must for me in any situation where running water and soap isn't going to be readily available. 

I got the This Works Deep Sleep Can't Sleep Duo (£10) in the post-Christmas sales because I'm such a huge fan of the pillow spray (it genuinely does help me drift off into a natural, deep sleep). As well as the pillow spray for when I arrive in New York, I also have the Stress Less rollerball in this, which can be applied to the wrists or neck to calm you down. Hopefully this will help with my nerves - I'll let you know! Another de-stressing product I've packed is the Caudalie Beauty Elixir (£11.50). It's a handbag-sized mini and I find the minty fragrance really calming. Obviously you have to be careful not to be inconsiderate to people around you as it's a fragrance face mist but a quick spritz before boarding helps me relax.




I have a couple of hair bits in there too: the Bagsy Hair Wonder Dry Shampoo (£5) just in case I need a bit of a refresh when we get off the plane (as we will have to go straight out and get some food when we arrive!) and an Invisibobble (£3.75 for 3) because I will almost definitely want to tie up my hair at some point and this doesn't cause damage or leave a kink.


I have a couple of skincare bits too. I won't want to be wearing makeup if I go to sleep so I have the Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution Makeup-Removing Wipes* (£7). I'm normally the biggest face wipe hater but realistically; who is really going to be getting out a little bottle of micellar water and cotton wool pads on a plane? These are by far the most gentle and effective face wipes I've ever used. There's no dragging a tiny, thin, dry wipe over your face about 10 times before it gets some of your makeup off with these. They're nice and substantial and are saturated with enough product to do the job. The only downside for me is that the packaging ripped open when I unsealed these the first time, which is a bit of a design flaw! I also have a mini Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask (£20 for set) because my skin is extremely sensitive to atmospheric changes and this always helps keep it soft and hydrated. I've packed a product I've been using a lot this month, which is the Avene Hydrance Optimale Skin Tone Perfector* (£16.50) because it's kind of a do-it-all tinted skincare product designed for combination but sensitive skin like mine. It has SPF and is supposed to restore dull complexions. It feels very hydrating but dries down to a semi-matte and non-sticky finish. It can be used as a serum but I'm using it both as a serum and a moisturiser whilst I travel. The tint means it gives a tiny bit of coverage, which will probably do for most people whilst travelling as it just makes your skin look a little more flawless. I also have an EOS Lip Balm in Summer Fruits* (£3.99) - the shape of these are just so handy for travel and they keep my lips hydrated without being overly thick or heavy and the amazingly nourishing tinted Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in Red Berry* (£19). I managed to miss these out of my shot so you can see them in one of my images further down (I knew that would happen at some point!)


I have my Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom and Honey Cologne (£42) in there too as it's a gorgeous sweet, floral but very light summer scent and the size of the 30ml bottles are the perfect size for travel. I also have a mini Mitchum Deodorant in Powder Fresh (which bizarrely I can't find anywhere online), as I find this to be such an effective deodorant with a fresh, clean scent.


Finally, of course I have a few makeup bits (the mini bag is from Next) because, as I mentioned, after landing at 9pm we will be dumping our stuff at the hotel and heading straight out for food! I have the Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick (£23) which gives a gorgeous light coverage that's nothing overly dewy. All you have to do is swipe it on and buff it in - I've also packed the Nanshy R01 Buffed Base Brush (£9.95) for this. Then I have my Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer (£17.50) because it gives amazing coverage whilst still being so light and easy to blend. It also works well both for under the eyes and blemishes. I've got the Real Techniques Setting Brush (£6.99) to blend it out under my eyes seamlessly. 

For a bit of colour in my cheeks I've got KIKO's Velvet Touch Creamy Stick Blush in 02 Golden Peach (£7.90) because it's a very natural shade that's so easy to apply with my fingers, long-lasting and non-greasy. Of course my beloved Bourjois Healthy Balance Compact Powder (£8.99) is in my handbag no matter what, as it's virtually traceless on the skin but mattes down my shine, and my go-to Morphe E3 Precision Pointed Powder Brush (£13.50) to apply it with. I have this super-cute mini Soap & Glory Matte Lip Colour in Chocoberry (£3.50) as the formula is creamy and comfortable and the deep, dusky pink colour just seems to pull together any look.


Then I have my By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon (£29), which is a super-pigmented long-lasting cream eyeshadow stick that can be applied in seconds and can also be used to line the eyes. It's a gorgeous dewy bronze shade that makes it look like you made far more effort than you did! Finally my Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara (£7.99), because it adds so much length and volume every just with one coat. I've actually not packed a brow product because I'll be getting them shaped and tinted a couple of days before.

Gadgets

Usually when we go away, my boyfriend will take his laptop just in case and I'll just have my iPad because realistically we won't be spending much time on screens anyway. I find my iPad is enough to keep me amused during a flight and to check anything I need to in the hotel. I have an original full-sized iPad (I want to say it's a 3rd Edition), not the mini and it's about 4 years old but is still going strong! I use the Pages app to write up blog posts (I also have a little keyboard stand I got for under a tenner on eBay) and download TV shows and films to watch offline.



Of course I also have my iPhone and earphones and will be downloading Drake and Beyonce's new albums, as I've been meaning to check them out and a flight seems the perfect opportunity! Of course I also have my phone cable and a Portable Charger, which apparently can give a good 4 charges and I think will be essential whilst we're out and about in New York.


I also love to read on a flight and so have a few new books downloaded onto my Kindle including the Invasion of the Tearling, because I absolutely loved the Queen of the Tearling which I read last summer and this is the next book in the series. Think high fantasy meets young adult fiction. I know a lot of people like the 'feel' of a real book but in my opinion you can't beat the Kindle for travelling as you can store literally thousands of books in a device that takes up less space than one.

Essentials

I've packed my Ivy Park Sweatshirt (£28) in case I get a bit chilly during the flight and also because it's just really comfy! Along with that I have some very fetching Flight Socks, as I've had blood clotting problems in the past. I obviously needed a Travel Pillow and just couldn't resist this awesomely tacky emoji-covered offering from Primark! I use earplugs and an eye mask every night anyway so I packed those too. I have the Soap & Glory Eyes Cool Mask (£6) which comes with a cooling eye mask inside. However as this is all just about comfort and a good nights sleep, I've slipped that part out and left it at home. 



I have some chewing gum in there but I'm wondering whether I should have my toothbrush and toothpaste in my hand luggage too, just in case. I was actually going to pack some over-the-counter sleep aids in case I got panicked and just wanted to be knocked out for the journey! However you can't actually take them with travel sickness tablets so I packed those instead because I can't think of anything worse than being nauseous for hours and I find Kwells really work for me. Also I figured that because the travel sickness pills are drowsy (which is why you can't take to two together), I shouldn't have any issues drifting off even in the uncomfortable environment. I also have non-drowsy antihistamines because last summer, having avoided it my entire life, I had really bad hay fever so have these with me at all times. I also have some ibuprofen, because I found out the hard way that toothache on a flight is the worst experience ever...



Finally, I of course have all my travel documentation, hotel booking and boarding pass print-outs in a separate little compartment, as well as my glasses (the case is from Paperchase). My Travel Document Holder (£3.95) was just something I found on eBay and I also have a super-cute Sass & Belle Luggage Tag (£3.50).



What are your long-haul essentials?



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61 comments

  1. great picks and so lucky getting to go to new york! :D Love the bag and I definitely have to take a good moisturiser with me because the flights make my skin so dry, especially long haul~

    Lotte | www.lottebeautybox.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Yes definitely - my skin is so sensitive right now that I expect it to react :( xx

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  2. I've not flown long haul in about ten years and last time I just slept the whole time... I like to think I'd be a bit more organised these days! I love your travel document wallet, that's so pretty ♥
    Have an amazing time in New York, lovely!

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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  3. omg you are going to NY<33 You will love it!! I am always cold on flights especially the long ones so the ivy park jumper is essential!! (i have the tank top and i love it - so soft!!) then like you i need books, magazines, and pills to sleep XD I can't really stand long flights!

    enjoyyyy
    Also i'm really happy for you and the development of your blog - i remember the beginning<3

    xx from Brighton
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    1. I'm so excited and yeah I get cold from the air con too!
      Thank you so much :) xx

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  4. Have a great trip!

    Parie x
    classandglitter.com

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  5. I loved reading this Jasmine! I hope you have the most wonderful time in NY! You've got your in-flight essentials down perfectly. For me, apart from iPhone and documents etc, it's Kwells also, and travel sick bands which are essential for me. I sometimes take my glasses too incase my contacts feel a little dry on the flight!

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

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    1. Aw thank you! I might grab some of the travel sickness bands too xx

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  6. I've just flown long haul and wish I'd had this post beforehand! For my joruney home I'll definitely be packing some moisturiser, some highlighter and I was thinking of taking my toothbrush and a mini toothpaste too :) Hope you have an amazing time in New York!

    Claire | Vanity Claire

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    1. Aw thanks! I'm thinking I'll take my toothbrush and toothpaste in my carry-on too as you never know! Xx

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  7. Oh wow! Sounds like you are prepared for everything that could happen up in the air, hahaha :)
    Also a lot of fun in New York, I've already been there and it is amazing! And don't forget to empty the whole Sephora store ;)
    Good flight :) xx

    Laura || get-ready-with-laura.blogspot.de

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    1. Thank you - and don''t worry: I plan to! Haha! Xx

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  8. This is so helpful since I'm traveling as well in two weeks, saving this for inspo ;) I'm not a fan of wipes as well but they're a must for in-flight. I won't be wearing any makeup but I just need them for just in case moments.Your travel document holder is something I'd love to snatch, it's so pretty!

    Selene Addicted

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    1. Yeah we'll be straight out the dinner as soon as we land so definitely want something on my face! Hope you have a safe journey also xx

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  9. Lovely picks! I'm such a sucker for Ombre Blackstars and the Caudalie Elixir is so refreshing! xo

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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    1. Agreed - it's the perfect pick-me-up for long-haul xx

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  10. I agree with you that you can't beat a Kindle for travelling. I still buy the odd paper book but they tend to be books I want to keep forever, rather than most fiction.
    I didn't know that Avene did a tinted moisturiser so I will check that one out when I'm out of Origins Vitazing - I really love Avene products and it is such an underrated brand!
    Have a fantastic time in New York!

    Inma x
    sunshineandglow.blogspot.com

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    1. Agreed - I rarely buy physical books unless they have sentimental value or it's all about the illustrations/cover/presentation. And thank you lovely! Xx

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  11. New York will be amazing - I went in 2012 and it was incredible. Looks like you have all the essentials in your bag, you're very prepared! x

    alicered.co.uk

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  12. Love this post, I am going away soon so this post had helped me a lot! :)

    www.gemsblogstorey.com
    xxx

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  13. Just a useful post for the summer holidays approaching! Love the Zara Chain City Bag - I've been using mine non-stop since I purchased it! :)
    - Ambar | Her Little Loves

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  14. Have fun in new york and you know because we're such good friends fancy bringing me a few presents back? thanks;) haha! If I'm on a flight I never wear make-up as it's so drying on the skin so I love taking a moisturizer and eye cream!
    Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com

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  15. Love this post! I fly log haul a few times a year and I'm always looking for inspiration / tips! I've just bought the portable charger! Thank you x

    www.sarah-elizabeth.co.uk

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    1. No problem - it's such an essential I can't believe it took me so long to pick one up! Xx

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  16. A kindle is my flight best friend! I need to take better care of my skin in flight so I might try some of the options you have here.

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    1. Definitely recommend the Origins mask if the air con dries out your skin! Xx

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  17. Your photos are so clean, and I love the marble background. Have an amazing time, excited to hear all about it! x
    http://my--socalledlife.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Thank you so much :D planning a photo diary and of course a haul ;) xx

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  18. Thank you for all your comments xx

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  19. Oh lucky lucky you!
    Wishing you a beautiful time...you've got packing down to an art.

    http://a-woman-of-a-certain-age.com/

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  20. Be careful with sprays I'm not sure you can take them through!

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    1. You can if they are sprays and not aerosols - I always check restrictions before flying. I will be putting my deodorant and dry shampoo in the hold then grabbing them as soon as we land but included them for the purposes of the post

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  21. Very well deserved trip Hun and I hope you have an amazing time!! esp in Sephora, Ulta, etc....just kidding!! Have a lovely time!!...xx

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  22. I love the sound of the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. My favourite facial mist is the Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist. The rose scent helps me de-stress and rehydrate my skin as it always becomes really tight and dry during long haul flights. Have fun in New YorK and try not to spend too much money in Sephora!:)

    Roxie | The Beautiful Bluebird

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    1. Ah I love that one - I will certainly be going all-out haha, thank you xx

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  23. I'm going away this friday and still haven't planned/organised my inflight bag, I had no idea what to put in there and what essentials I'd need. This post has definitely given me a kick in the right direction AND some ideas of what I might need!

    Cultivation of Jasmin

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  24. I'm going to Cancun next month and I'm already planning for my carry on and all the makeup and other essentials I can fit in my bag. Definitely taking my kindle, Maybelline mascara and neck pillow!

    Nereyda│ This Girl Is Obsessed

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    1. I hope you have an amazing time - the travel pillow was invaluable! xx

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  25. Have such a great time in New York - it's a fantastic city! I always pack a sheet mask or five for long-haul flights too - you look a bit crazy, but they really do help with the dehydration from all that recycled air!

    Beekeyper - Latest post - 6 steps to swoon-worthy skin

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    1. Thank you! A sheet mask is a great idea xx

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  26. That travel document holder is such a good buy! I love it.

    Batty4Beauty.com

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  27. What Amazing things!! kisses
    marina

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  28. Have an amazing time in New York! LOVE that travel holder!

    Sophie x | SophiesMakeupBlog

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  29. I aways try to pack as many hydrating skincare items as I can! I'm going to NYC this September, I can't wait! Hope you have a fabulous time!! X

    www.abeautyromance.com
    www.abeautyromance.com

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    1. Thank you - it was amazing and I'm sure you'll love it too :) xx

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  30. Have fun in New York! I love it there! The longest flight I've ever been on is about 5 hours and I just try to bring something to distract me for the time I'm on the plane. I don't bring too many beauty bits. I love that makeup bag with the J on it though! Where is it from?


    Jenny Loves Beauty

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    1. Thank you :) it goes really fast as they have all the new films on the in-flight entertainment so I watched 2 then had a nap haha. It's from Next xx

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  31. Love these picks. Quick question where did you get your iPhone case from as its so nice. Hope you have a great time in New York, I'm jealous as its on my list to visit.
    Sarah X http://hellochappes.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! It's from this etsy store:
      https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/hellofloral
      :) xx

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