Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Short Haul Flight Essentials

If you follow me on social media, you may have seen that I'm off to visit my sister in the UK this week. As I reside in Switzerland, this requires some flying, which I am most certainly not a fan of. I love visiting new travel destinations but I do not like the process of getting there. I'm the girl on the plane whose terror you can clearly read off her face at the slightest hint of turbulence. I digress. To keep me cool, calm and moisturised whilst travelling, there are a standard set of things I like to lug onto the plane with me. Today I thought I'd give you a little peek into my carry-on and show you what I take with me on short haul flights!

A Book - Although I don't think this is the case anymore, people used to get really funny about having electronic devices out during takeoff and landing, even if they were on airplane mode. As I am not someone who can calmly sit on an airplane and do nothing, I love having a good book with me. One I particularly love and have read and bought on planes with me probably dozens of times is The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I'm currently reading Three Amazing Things About You by Jill Mansell, so that also made the journey to the UK with me.

Moisturiser - As the flights I take are generally only short haul (I'm not about being on a plane for 8 hours), I don't bother with the whole face moisturiser/mask malarkey. One thing that will tend to get dehydrated on flights are my hands, so I like bringing the L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Hand Cream with me. This stuff smells absolutely amazing and sinks in really quickly so it's a great one for on the go. To keep my lips moisturised I tend to bring the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream with me, granted I did depot a bit of this giant tube into a smaller pot. Yes, it smells a bit funny but it leaves things looking and feeling super smooth!

Scent - Let's face it, planes are not the most nicely fragranced places. I tend to bring a little sample perfume or rollerball with me for after the flight. I do not think it's a good idea to spray this during a flight, lest you give half the plane a coughing fit. Limited air supply and that. The sample I brought with me on this flight is the Diptyque Philosykus perfume. It's a little greener than the scents I normally go for, but it's a nice one to freshen things up after the flight. For on the actual flight, in case I start feeling a little antsy, I like to have something to chill me out a bit. The This Works Sleep Balm works really nicely as it's such a calming scent. Dabbed onto the wrists it makes for a non offensive, lovely plane scent.

Hand sanitizer - I always have some form of hand disinfectant with me when I'm travelling as the bathrooms on planes and trains can get a little grubby. One of my favourite ones to use is The Body Shop Mango Hand Cleanse Gel. There are loads of different scents in this line, they're super affordable and there's none of that rubbing alcohol smell to them. Fun story: I'm actually writing this post-flight at the moment and after returning from the bathroom when I was on the plane, I whipped this out and went to squeeze some onto my hand, when it promptly exploded onto my hand, seat and jeans. The woman in the neighbouring seat chose to wake up at the exact moment when I was dabbing water onto wet, hand sanitizer soaked patches on my jeans after returning from the bathroom. Who said flying wasn't glamorous? Beware of air pressure!

Lipgloss - When I get off the plane I revert back from diligently applying balm to my lips to reaching for my trusty lip products. One that's super easy to apply on the go and without a mirror is the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors. I've spoken about these so much in the past, but they really are a fab travel companion. They give your lips the slightest tint to make you look nice and healthy but at the same time they're hydrating, which is definitely a plus after a flight. Plus how cute is that mini?

Things not pictured: Water (bought after security) - they're stingy as anything with beverages on planes and I like to practically guzzle water to prevent me from shrivelling up in the dry air. Snacks - most of the time they don't serve options that I can actually eat on planes so I like to just shove a load of food into my carry-on and have an in-flight picnic. A Jumper - planes get cold, extra layers are good *thumbs up emoji*.

So there we have it, a few in flight essentials from a not-so-keen flyer! Despite not being a huge fan of the journey, I am loving being back in the UK and I've already dragged my sister all around Boots (much to her dismay). Expect a haul when I get back! Do you like flying? Let me know what some of your in-flight essentials are below!



  1. I hope your flight goes smoothly and you don't get too nervous! I ALWAYS forget hand sanitizer and I'm such a clean freak that I end up mercilessly scrubbing my hands after a flight. Books are important on a flight for me too - I don't know what I would do without one!

    Steph -

  2. Hope you have a safe journey! I love a book for a flight, keeps my mind off everything!
    Parie x

  3. I have that book on my shelf, its close to my heart as my friend died from CF. This post has really inspired my thoughts on what I'll take when I fly to Edinburgh for my birthday next month! :)

    Emmie x

  4. I always use a good lip balm on the plane, usually my good old carmex does the trick. I also bring a few magazines and a scarf which can be used for warmth or as a pillow.

  5. A book and hand sanitizer are musts for me!! Books help distract me from the length of the plane ride and sanitizer helps me from freaking out about germs!



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