Beauty On Board: In-Flight Beauty Essentials To Pack In Your Carry On

By Tamara Corin | 5th June 2023
In-Flight Beauty

Whether you’re travelling short haul or long haul, there are a few flight essentials that you should be packing in your hold luggage for quick skin refreshers that ensure you land looking and feeling your best.

These are the beauty heroes that cut it even at 30,000 feet… 

Scroll to shop the best long haul flight essentials for your beauty routine below

long haul flight essentials beauty eve lom
Designed with flights in mind, these innovative capsules each contain a single dose of Eve Lom’s much-loved cleansing oil. Full of omega fatty acids, the silky formula is perfect for cleansing and replenishing skin mid-flight – a real treat for tired skin.
in flight beauty essentials drowsy silk sleep mask
Give yourself the best chance of catching some precious beauty sleep mid-flight with a luxe silk sleep mask, like this viral product from Drowsy Sleep Co.
in flight beauty essentials olaplex no3 hair mask
If you tie your hair back for travelling - an especially good clean beauty-approved hack for avoiding static - why not opt for a leave-in mask such as Olaplex's famous No.3 Hair Perfector?
long haul flight essentials beauty de mamiel
Any product that claims to ward off bacteria and help us relax when while flying, has our vote! This oil prevents that heady feeling you often get on planes and just helps you to feel that bit more comfortable if your nerves are taking over. Plus, it smells dreamy. Dab on the inside of your wrists and behind your neck and then breathe.
long haul flight essentials beauty summer fridays
Aptly named, this face mask is like a drink for your skin (think 2 litres of water rather than a stiff gin!) Packed with powerful hydrators and brightening niacinamide, this is certainly one of the best long haul flight essentials. It sinks in beautifully that no one will even know you’re wearing it. Let it linger on your skin for as long as you can and then wash off before touch-down. You’ll skin will look ridiculously radiant.
in flight beauty essentials votary
Keep your skin ultra-hydrated when you're above the clouds with Votary's supercharged nutrient cream, filled with plant oleosomes and hyaluronic acid.
long haul flight essentials hershesons
A new, no-BS product that puts the power back in your hands. It tames strays, conditions, defines curls, smooths frizz, primes your hair for styling, adds texture, boosts shine and makes a brilliant mask. It’s basically all your haircare products rolled into one!
long haul flight essentials beauty foreo
Supercharge your skincare, encourage lymphatic drainage (puffy flight face is a thing!) and relieve a stiff neck with this microcurrent device that gently exercises 69 muscles in your face and neck. A mini facial in the sky, now we’re talking!
long haul flight essentials beauty dieux skin
If you have the confidence to wear eye masks on the plane without caring that everyone is staring at you, do it! You’ll have the last laugh when you get off the plane looking wide-eyed and refreshed. The soft silicone texture latches on to the skin without slipping and seals in skincare to maximise results. And they’re completely reusable and sustainable which means you can wear them again on your outbound journey too.
long haul flight essentials beauty dr jart
A hardcore moisturiser is an absolute must when it comes to flight essentials. This cult cream has a ceramide complex that cossets the skin barrier, helping to reduce water loss which is a given while high in the air. But it’s the dewy sheen it leaves on the skin that is the real wow factor.
long haul flight essentials beauty fresh
Fresh's antioxidant-filled face mist will instantly hydrate your skin when the cabin air starts to feel dry, meaning you'll land with a dewy, healthy glow. In addition to offering a cooling spritz, this product also doubles as a makeup primer and setting spray - talk about a multi-tasking beauty buy.
long haul flight essentials jo malone
This thick balm gives ultra-hydration to the lips without any stickiness or greasy texture. As you’d expect from a brand that’s renowned for its incredible scents, this balm is lightly fragranced with a sweet smell of honey that adds to its moisturising properties too.
long haul flight essentials beauty aesop
We’ve all tried a fair share of sanitisers over the last couple of years, but it’s this one that always stands out from the rest. Fast-drying without leaving any tightness behind, and minus that horribly strong alcohol-based surgical smell. Win, win!
long haul flight essentials beauty loccitane
This award-winning pocket-size hand cream is super-rich in shea butter yet sinks into the skin immediately and leaves hands significantly moisturised and soft for hours after. And if your hands tend to blow up on flights, this will relieve that tight taut uncomfortable feeling.
long haul flight essentials beauty ross j barr
If your anxiety goes through the roof on take-off, these discreet patches will have you breathing calmly in no time. Created by leading acupuncturist, Ross. J. Barr, to help ease tensions such as headaches and migraines, but they also remedy the stagnation of thoughts or brain fog and soothe frustration and agitation. Plus, they’re completely natural. Quite simply, don’t board a plane without them!
long haul flight essentials beauty peep club
Dry eyes are a given when you’re flying in a pressurised cabin for hours on end. Add hydration instantly with a spritz or two of this eye spray to relieve redness, irritation, itchiness, and heavy, tired eyes. And the best bit is you can apply it while wearing makeup and contact lenses too.
long haul flight essentials beauty subtle energies
Falling asleep can be difficult at the best of times, throw in a plane full of people and constricted seating, and sleep is well and truly off the agenda for most. But this miniature ayurvedic-based oil is packed with 20 herbs infused in Black Seed Sesame that are known to assist with sleep, sinus congestion, snoring and calm the senses. Simply sniff 1 to 2 drops up each nostril or place the oil on a cotton bud and massage it around both nostrils. Promise it’s not as fussy as it sounds, and it works like magic.

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