Planes are amazing, wonderful things.  That we can step on to an extremely large, heavy tube and sit back as it zipps up into the air and across the world in a few hours will forever impress me.  I read the other day that Richard Branson has plans to send planes up into the orbit to get us from London to Australia in 3 hours.


But for all that they are brilliant for, there’s no denying that flying makes you feel miserable: your eyes dry up, you get a cold, your skin goes all dry, your legs and feet swell up, your neck gets cramped, your hair starts sticking to the chair and you get agonising cramp from being curled up like chick in an egg. I’m forever perfecting my on board bag, searching for the best items to keep me feeling happy, healthy and refreshed on my flight. Here are my favourites so far:

woman wearing eyemask


Not the free ones they provide you with that are made of the felt they use for dogs beds or something similar which makes you instantly want to lather your face with moisturiser. No, something nice and light and silky like this.




The sound of the plane engine, humming air conditioning and screaming toddlers is enough to make anyone feel vile, so investing in a pair of decent ear plugs is a must.





Scientific FACT coming up: when you fly the mucus in your nose that stops germs from entering your body dries up and you get a cold really quickly.  Putting Vaseline around your nostrils stops this from happening.  True.





Eesh do you know how unhygienic planes are?  It’s gross.  You’ve heard that you’re more likely to die from the germs on your tray than in a crash right? Get some antibacterial gel and use it every time you use the bathroom or touch anything!



Simple face wipes



I’m all for looking HAWT at the airport.  Hell, you might get yourself an upgrade.  But once you’re on the plane it’s all about getting your bedtime face on and being comfortable.




Clinique moisturiser


Probably the most important thing – get yourself two extra rich moisturisers; one for your face and one for your hands/ feet/ body and keep applying to maintain your skins’ moisture with Sample Hime products.




eyedropsEYE DROPS

Just as with your nose, the cabin pressure and lack of humidity makes your eyes dry up.  Be sure to pack some decent eye drops in your bag.







Whoever thought up those horrible paper covers that go over the top of airplane seats and make your hair instantly stick to your face with static probably has a special place in hell reserved for them.  Pack a small pot of antifrizz and lather it on to stop this from happening.

make up bag


Time saving tip: in most airports I’ve gone through, having a transparent make up bag means you can put it straight through the bag check without needing to transfer your liquids into the plastic bags the airport provides.




First thing I buy when I get through customs is the biggest bottle of water I can find.  Planes dehydrate you so it’s crucial to keep sipping away and ensure you’re taking in lots of fluids.





  1. Michele {Malaysian Meanders} July 3, 2014 / 12:09 pm

    Great list. An eyemask is a must for me. However, I used to use earplugs until the time I swear that they kept the pressure in my head from equalizing as we landed, and I ended up with the worst headache. It’s noise cancelling headphones for me know, but they’re definitely much more expensive than earplugs. My travel pet peeve is the airports where you have to go through security at the gate right before boarding and have to toss the lovely large bottle of water I just bought. I do recognizance now before purchasing one.

    • harriet July 6, 2014 / 2:20 pm

      Definitely on to a winner with noise cancelling headphones there Michele. Anything to keep the drone of the engine out so you can get some kip 🙂 x

  2. Anna - slightly astray July 2, 2014 / 6:33 am

    Great list!! My boyfriend also swears by nasal spray to lubricate the sinuses. And also noise cancelling headphones to drown out ambient noise.

    • harriet July 6, 2014 / 2:20 pm

      Hey Anna, he is clearly a genius! I need to get me some of those headphones. X

  3. Adelina // PackMeTo July 1, 2014 / 4:47 pm

    I always forget to bring with me hand sanitizer, but its so useful! Or if I do bring it, I inevitably leave it in a difficult to reach place and just don’t want to deal with it.

    • harriet July 6, 2014 / 2:22 pm

      Ha Adelina you’re like my boyfriend he has a special ability to purchase hand san and lose it instantly 🙂 x

  4. Marissa June 30, 2014 / 12:34 am

    I’m still waiting for that “quick fix” to transportation when it won’t take an overnight flight to go halfway around the world. But in the meantime, I guess these essentials will have to do! 🙂

    • harriet June 30, 2014 / 8:44 pm

      Hey Marissa – very true! In some ways, taking your time to get somewhere is lovely but in others it would be nice to just click your fingers and arrive wouldn’t it! X

    • harriet June 30, 2014 / 8:44 pm

      Ha yes, kind of gross, but true! X

  5. Heather Yamin June 29, 2014 / 3:53 pm

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    • harriet June 29, 2014 / 5:33 pm

      Thanks Heather. Looks like a nice site. Harri

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