Travel is in my blood. Or maybe my bones. Maybe both. Either way, taking off to explore new places – near and far – is a significant part of my life and has been since I was in my late teens when I packed up and moved to Australia for a few years. I’ve been on the go ever since.
Dreamy shares my love of travel, and our favorite spots happen to be more far than near these days, with France at the top of our list. That’s our favorite coastal spot, Dieppe, in the picture up top.
While prepping for our upcoming return to France, I considered essential items I simply cannot leave home without (and I’m not just talking about my Amex!). It occurred to me you might be interested (or curious), so I compiled a list of my Top Travel Essentials for a Long Flight. I hope you enjoy and possibly even garner a few tips for your next getaway!
Top Travel Essentials for a Long Flight
1 – Plenty of Good Water
This is Dreamy’s number one and I suppose it makes sense. (Although I would think toothbrush/toothpaste, but Dreamy says that’s a given, so I’m not putting it on the list. Doh!)
Sure, you get water on the plane, but it’s better in our opinion if you take along a substantial sized bottle of water. You can sip anytime and there’s no need to wait for a flight attendant or to disturb your neighbors during a long overnight flight. Not to mention, hydration is so important on a flight, and it’s a challenge to get enough to drink if you’re reliant on those small cups on board.
Poor hydration can lead to dry skin, dry scratch eyes and even respiratory issues for certain individuals. Staying hydrated in-flight also keeps mucous membranes from drying out. It may sound gross, but if you’re too dry, it’s easier for viruses and bacteria to get into your system.
I aim for a cup of water every hour I’m in the air. For our flights to France, that’s about eight cups of water. I’m the girl you see standing in front of the loo most of the flight. :-)
2 – Snack
What is it about buckling up in your seat that signals your brain that you’re hungry? I’m not a fan of being at the mercy of the airline to feed me (my pre-ordered gluten-free meal) on their schedule, so I bring plenty of snackage.
Keeping hydration in mind, I like to take along fresh berries or melon when possible. There isn’t a single bar on the market that I can eat due to being not only gluten-free, but also dairy-peanut-tree nut-soy-free, so pre-packaged bars aren’t an option. I usually make a batch of low sugar, high protein bars that are easy to take along.
Another option I like, depending on my departure airport, is a bottle of carrot juice and a salad with only veggies. The fiber keeps me feeling satisfied, it’s hydrating and I don’t feel horrible after landing.
3 – A great book
After all that water-drinking, bathroom-visiting and snacking, I like to get comfy and settle in with a good book. I usually try to find a book that relates in some way to the place we’re visiting. For France, I love Elizabeth Bard’s books, Lunch in Paris and Picnic in Provence. For my upcoming trip, I’ve already purchased The Little Paris Bookshop and I can’t wait to devour it!
4 –Facial cleansing cloths
Reading makes me sleepy, but before I nod off (with my tiny pillow + two blankets), I take off my makeup with wipes. My favorite ones are Simple and Simple Exfoliating. You can find travel size packs of these, or you can just pull a couple from your full-size pack and put them in a zip top plastic bag for the trip. Either way, get that makeup off your face before you take a rest.
5 – Moisturizer
Just like hydrating the inside of our bodies is important, our skin needs moisture, too. An all-purpose moisturizer is great to slather on your face, hands, feet, whatever is exposed, before you rest.
6 – Rodial dragon’s blood eye masks
If you wake up from a nap on a long flight and your eyes aren’t puffy, could you please email me and tell my how/why? Thanks!
I am prone to puffy eyes (I think this comes from my Mother) and I use a variety of creams, oils, lotions and potions to combat that, but if you really want an instant fix, these eye masks are IT. I keep them on hand at home at all times and I never, ever, ever travel without them. Korean beauty products are the best!
7 – Compact cosmetics
After all of the above my face gets some light makeup. I take all the small sample sizes I’ve collected and small pots of my foundation, etc. and that’s how those are put to good use. I take as few products as possible, limiting myself to only five makeup items: primer, foundation, contour powder, mascara, lip product.
Here’s why: Primer is essential for a smooth, natural look. Foundation is essential because I have brown splotching on my face and my skin tone is super uneven. Contour powder provides some depth after everything is evened out with the foundation plus it doubles as eye shadow. Mascara is great to open up your eyes, and my eyes are my best feature (in my opinion – I love my eyes!). Lip product is essential for keeping my pout pretty and moisturized. That’s it! Five items, five minutes, I’m ready!
8 – The right bag
Where, by the way, do I keep all this STUFF?! In my amazing bag, of course. A purse is basically a second carry-on to me, so I put my book, water, snacks, beauty products, etc. in there. I also carry a notebook and pen where I record things on my travels. And a pair of extra shoes. And my camera. Oy! The bag of choice changes depending upon where we’re traveling and time of year, but I have a couple of these and use something similar just about every time I travel.
9 – Comfortable walking shoes
Right, you don’t need these for the flight, but as soon as you’re off the plane, you will. I travel with two pairs of shoes, normally. For the upcoming trip, I know it will be freezing (snowing!) where we are going, so I have a pair of fuzzy suede boots that are good for 20-below-0 and water resistant. I’ll wear those to the airport and onto the plane because I don’t want to give those kicks all the space in my carry-on bag. But I do not want to feel confined during the flight, so I will take those off for our air time and slip in to something a little more comfy like my Tieks. They fold up tiny enough to fit into my purse and they are super easy on feet. (The pic above is from my Instagram feed when they arrived. I shared about them with lots of pics in my Insta Stories. Follow me there!)
10 – LaZenne carrier
Another item that you don’t need on the flight TO your destination, but that you will want to consider if you’re going to wine growing regions anywhere, is a LaZenne wine bottle carrier. We absolutely love ours and for France, it’s going to come in handy. Dreamy is going on a mission to bring back some of our favorites we aren’t able to get here in the States, so the LaZenne is an essential for us.
Where is your favorite place to travel and what essentials must you bring along? Where do you dream of traveling to? I want to go to Greece some day, I’ve never been!!