Airplane Essentials

Airplane essentials -- What to pack

When I’m traveling by air, there are a few simple rules I live by to make my traveling as easy and stress-free as possible. I always live by my J.Crew pixie pants (2) as they are incredibly stretchy yet heavyweight pants that aren’t leggings, so they hold their shape and look a bit more–shall we say, appropriate–than leggings do. When on long-haul flights, it’s essential that you do not wear makeup as it can clog your pores terribly–so I go barefaced and slap on a pair of oversized sunglasses (1) which does the trick of covering up my face on a less-than-perfect (read: everyday) skin day.

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Hydration is essential when you’re spending hours in the dry air of an airplane. Did you know: the recirculated air of an airplane approximate those of U.S. southwestern deserts–approximately 10 to 20%! So I bring an empty Bobble (3) in my bag and fill it up at the nearest water fountain after airport security. I also spritz my face with a hydrating mist like my favorite Caudalie Beauty Elixir (7).

U.S. airport security is safer than before 9/11, but also more of a hassle. I always wear slip-on flats (5) to expedite the time it takes to get through security, and a jazzy little pair never hurts! I catch up on my latest tablet versions of fashion magazines with my iPad (4) or I watch a movie, so I always bring headphones (8). I carry everything in a large shopper tote (6), like this plaited handle one from Zara.

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  1. Leighleigh Uzumaki says

    I actually saw a lady with similar spiked flats get kicked off a planes in Tampa. “anything that Can be used as a weapon is considered a weapon.”
    My airport style is actually very similar. I bring my tablet, EOS and Babylips lip balm, oil absorbing blotting sheets, and moisturizer. I wear slip on flats (leopard print usually) and a maxi dress with a huge pashmina and sunnies. The pashmina is to cover up with because no matter what time of year, I am always cold on airplanes. I usually carry it all in a regular purse that I’m not super attached too, just in case.

    I’d love to see you do a post on what you wear on a night out, or a fancy evening. Hair, make up, everything. Sound doable?

    • says

      The bottle above is perfect because of that actually. It`s called “bobble” and you just fill it up in any sink. The bottle contains a filter and your water will be clean.

    • says

      Thanks Amy! Of course it’s not comprehensive…it doesn’t include all the messy chargers, cameras, medication, etc that I would otherwise bring as well! But I figured that stuff would be a little bit…boring. ;)

  2. says

    Love the post! And I am totally with you on wearing slip-on shoes… makes the security part go faster. Although… in Europe there were a few times that I didn’t have to take my shoes off, which made things extra confusing! I also like to carry a large tote and notice that my face feels extra dry after flying! I will have to look into #7!

  3. chantelle says

    This is fantastic! I should load up a movie on my tablet, since I keep forgetting which airport has wifi and which doesn’t. Boo. I’m also going to look into those J. Crew pants! My next flight is next Friday, so I want to be comfy and prepared.

  4. chiara says

    I’d add a bottle of water – bought just after security – to keep me hydrated from the inside. And I ask the assistants for a glass of water every time they pass by! And a nice magazine.

  5. Vanessa O. says

    This is a great post! Thank you so much Kristina ! I will be flying for 18 hours over the holidays so I keep looking for great tips to make my flight comfortable and fashionable at the same time.
    P.S: Love the blog ^_^

  6. Faye says

    I travel a lot and my bag contents look a lot like these. I would add a lip and hand ointment and one of the most important items, even for short flights, a noise canceling set of headphones. Trust me, they make all the difference!


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