In-Flight Essentials

From red-eyes to around-the-world excursions,

here’s what to have on hand when you’re up in the air.

By Kathryn Brooks

 

Whether you’re heading out on a quick business trip to a city just two hours away or embarking on a transcontinental journey, a negative experience in-flight can set the tone for your travels. Equip yourself with the luxe essentials you’ll need (or want) to make the flight as enjoyable and relaxing as it can be and insure you arrive feeling your best. From our favorite in-flight beauty products to the little fun add-ins we’ve found make flying that much more fun, here’s our short list for what to have on hand when you’re flying high at 30,000+ feet.

SLEEP SET

Think of what you’ll need for a restful night’s sleep–or a two hour nap. Investing in a luxe eye mask and blanket will pay off on long legs, and make quick flights for work feel a little closer to first class. Instead of opting for something extra plush, choose a fabrication that packs light. Cuyana baby alpaca travel set, $195. www.cuyana.com

MASK ON, MASK OFF

A long flight is the perfect time for movie watching–and combatting the dehydration your skin is undergoing in-flight. Make like our favorite fashion and beauty influencers (we’ve seen @hannahbronfman and @annstreetstudio pull this off in transit) and spend 15 minutes with a sheet mask on; they pack easily and require no rinse-off. If your neighbors shoot you a strange look as you sit in your very own in-seat spa, don’t stress–they’re just jealous they didn’t think of this themselves. SK-II sheet mask, $17.00, sephora.com; Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair sheet masks, $80 for 4, neimanmarcus.com; Yes To coconut hydrating mask, $2.49, target.com

MIX IT UP

All about imbibing in-flight? We don’t blame you. If you aren’t preview to the top shelf mixology and options in first class, these go-tos are the easiest way to turn the beverage service nips into custom cocktails. Pick your poison: these kits are available to pair with any spirit, from the perfect Old Fashioned, to a champagne cocktail, a Moscow Mule or a margarita.The Carry On Cocktail Kit, $89.00 for a set of three

ALL IN THE MIST

Right before you land–and many times during the trip–give your face a spritz with a rejuvenating, hydrating mist of your choice. It will not only refresh your skin and give you a boost after a long journey, but you’ll look far more fresh upon arrival. Caudalie beauty elixir, $18, sephora.com; Laurel facial elixir, $56, laurelskin.com; Avène thermal spring water mist, $9, amazon.com

CARRY-ALL

Opt for a carry-on with internal compartments that make for easy packing–and with a design feature–like a chic print, an aluminum exterior or a metallic–that separates you from the pack and makes it easy to identify should you be required to check it last minute. CALPAK carry-on, $125. www.calpak.com

ALL IN ONE

Not looking to assemble your own essentials? Flight 001 makes travel quick and easy with their flight pack options which include a basic travel pack (pictured here), a kit for a red eye flight, a fitness pack for long legs and a mini bar kit for those looking for a fun flight. Flight 001 amenity kits, from $20. www.flight001.com

BRUSH UP

A long flight means mile high brushing–ditch the drugstore staples and do it with a 24k gold set. Swiss Smile D’or 24-carat toothbrush and gel, $119, neimanmarcus.com 

BEST BOOKS

While we’re all for browsing the web with in-flight WiFi and reading stories like, say, this one–we also recommend you fly with a good book or two. Refer to past AZL articles (Summer Reads I & Summer Reads II) which run the gamut from beach reads to best-sellers-to-be–should earn a place in your carry-on. www.amazon.com 

HAT’S OFF

Look at deplaning as one big style challenge; your mission: how to not look like you just spent the past 7-10 hours sleeping next to a complete stranger. Bed-head is real and grabbing a versatile topper that will seamlessly weave into your travel looks (while also helping you conceal what was once a good hair day) is a smart strategy. Maison Michel fedora, $600. www.net-a-porter.com

MEAL PREP

Use the time traveling wisely and brush up on all the things you’ll want to be an expert on once you land. These handy, 24-page pocket pamphlets pack light–and walk you through all the tips and tricks to dining in other languages in Italy, France and Spain. With a simple alphabetically ordered format, a run through these in flight will have you ready to order a “café creme” in Paris, politely ask for “il conto, per favore,” in Florence and decipher the names and language needed to eat like a local. How to Read The Menu by Herb Lester, $9.69. www.amazon.com

EXTRA LAYERS

Do your best to pack light layers that will keep you warm in flight without overloading you. Avoid nubby wools that while fine on the ground, will likely become increasingly less comfortable in-flight. Whenever possible, go for your favorite piece in a lightweight cashmere. The Row sweater, $1,350. www.saks.com