Sunday, 29 September 2013

Keep Calm & Carry-On

I've been on more than my fair share of long haul flights this year and I really think I've got my carry-on essentials down to a T. I can almost pack them with my eyes shut, and I've whittled them down to only the things I really need and use in-flight. During the process of getting everything ready for my flight to LA to finish filming Seventeen's Beauty Smartie Showdown this week, I thought I'd share my long haul must-haves with you all.

First up for the beauty products...


(Clockwise from top left)

A Rollerball Fragrance - (this time I'm bringing along my Nest Midnight Fleur) This isn't really an essential as such, but something that I use on long haul flights every time. Especially if I'm meeting someone at the airport... it's nice to smell a little fresher than you may feel!

Deodorant - For the same reason, an essential. I use Mitchum's Advanced Control stick and it's great.

Face Wipes - My favourite Ole Henriksen pack is nearly finished, but I use these to take off my makeup when we take off.

Concealer, Eyeliner, Mascara and Tinted Moisturiser - These are my bare minimum makeup products. Before we land I'll put a little bit of makeup on, just so I don't scare the immigration officer! The first three tend to be rotated based on what I'm currently using, but I always take my Chantecaille Just Skin as it's really moisturising and light, yet has coverage and brightens my complexion so I don't look quite so tired.

Toothpaste & Toothbrush - Again, self explanitory. I used to take a mini sized toothpaste, but since I've been using Oral B's pro expert, I'm addicted to it and they don't sell mini's so I just take my full size. These little travel toothbrushes from Superdrug are great too and much better than the ones they sometimes give you in-flight.

Face and Eye Cream - I slather myself in both at takeoff and re-apply them every few hours (or when I wake up from sleeping) to help keep the moisture in my skin. Weleda skin food is something I only really use when traveling but it is brilliant. It leaves me looking a little greasy at the time but absorbs really slowly throughout the flight and helps my skin to look and feel normal when I arrive! Eyesilix is my everyday eye cream (and it's amazeballs!)

Contact Lenses & Glasses - I wear contacts every single day, and it's for that reason that I take more than I will need in my hand luggage with me. If your luggage goes walk about, almost everything is replaceable... but contact lenses are not as easy to get your mitts on outside of your home country, so I make sure I have enough to cover me for at least half of my trip. I always travel in my glasses for comfort as the plane air dries out my eyes.

A few other non-beauty essentials that might be less-than-obvious to some, but are totally essential for me...

A Good Neck Pillow - Mine is memory foam and the only one I've found to hold my neck totally straight when sleeping on a plane. It also squishes up into a little bag for storage when you're not using it. I picked it up in LAX airport for around $30. I thought this was extortionate at the time but have found it to be the only one I've tried that has actually been any good.

Headphones - I find the headphones that airlines provide are usually rubbish so I always take my own. These beauties were a gift from Sennheiser at London Fashion Week this season and I'm obsessed with them. The suede effect pads and headband are so comfy and they sound amazing.

iPad - I always take my iPad with me. Not usually for the flight (where I tend to read or watch movies), but for the airport. If I get delayed it means I can get some work done or read my fave blogs!

Clear Plastic Pouch - I picked this up from New Look this summer and it's been so useful. I keep all my travel documents in there along with anything else important and foreign cash that I want to keep out of my wallet. There's a handy inside zip pocket too and it's great for the beach or anywhere where your stuff might get wet!

iPhone Charger & Juice Cube - I use my phone so much, it lasts about 12 hours maximum between charges, so I always carry a charger with me. Another addition is this little Juice Cube. It's a portable charger to save the day if you run out of battery on the go. Indispensable for me. If you're traveling alone you do not want to run out of battery.

My Watch - I always wear a watch on flights. I change the time as soon as I get on the flight so that I know when is best to be awake or asleep and help minimise jet lag. Mine's from Swatch.

A Good Book - Again, obvious, but I'm currently reading the Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J K Rowling!) I'm almost finished and loving it.

Pen & Passport - You always need a pen for landing cards, and you won't get far without your passport!

I hope this helps anyone who's heading off somewhere nice this week... If not, I hope you enjoyed having a nose into my hand luggage! ;)
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82 comments

  1. Great post Fleur! I really want a Juice Cube.

    lovefrombethan.blogspot.co.uk

    xox

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  2. Love it! Also, I love that book!

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  3. Love posts like this just to be nosey..
    hayley
    www.beautyrambles.com
    xx

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  4. Thanks, this post has been very helpful!
    I'm that type of girl/young woman who carries waaaaaaay too much stuff on flights or day trips *shame on me*
    haha love you ♥

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  5. love the weleda skin food, i thinks it is absolutely perfect for airplane flights due to the dry air.

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  6. I think I need a Juice Cube too, my battery is definitely even worse since iOS7 (Though I love it!)
    P.s. Your wedding video is absolutely beauuutiful! You (and your dress) looked stunning. xo

    Holly | http://touchofcrimson.blogspot.co.uk/

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  8. I have to carry my iPad with me everywhere too! It's also much more portable and convenient than a laptop, especially because you don't have to take your iPad out when going through security!

    Joyce│itsabeautyfulllife

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  9. Great choice of essentials, totally agree with everything you picked out! xx
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  11. I love posts like these!! I'd love to try the Eyesilix eye cream :)

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  12. Awesome post. I also travel hand-luggage light, and I'm off to Canada tomorrow! Thanks for the tips :)

    Shelley x
    www.shelley-hearts.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. Did you ever had any problems with your eyes because of contact lenses? I wore mine for a month and now I can't becuase my eyes started to hurt a lot when I put them in. xx

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  14. loved your post. And I absolutely loved your wedding video!!

    xx fashaleuty.blogspot.com

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  15. Awesome ! I love travelling to the US...
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  16. Great post! I love taking the Bioderma Facewipes with me!

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    xx

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  17. I am so tempted to splurge and try those face wipes.
    I am also traveling and it is such a hassle lugging my full size Clinque cleanser with me.
    I'm just scared they won't be a good option for my sensitive skin.

    Fleur, have you thought about laser eye surgery?

    Caitlin
    xoxo

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  18. Thank you for sharing this Fleur! It's always great to know some quick and handy on the go travel products!

    Charlotte xxx
    http://charlottesconfashions.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. I am going to New York in three weeks and I found this so useful as I am not used to flying long haul!

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    1. Do you have an iPhone 5?
      And if so, where did you find the juice cube, becuase i really want one, but when i tried to find it, I couldn't really find anything...
      Please help me, i NEED one haha :D

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  21. I adore this post. I love when you pop out ones like this as opposed to your product reviews (which I love as well.) It's refreshing, and makes me want to travel.

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  22. That was really helpful as I'm going on a plane in a month! <3

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  23. Thank you Fleur I am the worst packer, either pack to much or too little!! Off to Bali soon, so this has helped me massively.
    Check out my blog!
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  24. Thanks Fleur for a great post im off to Australia on Wednesday so this really helps!! see how I get on in Australia on my blog http://australiawhoknowswhatcouldhappen.blogspot.co.uk/

    Thanks
    Sarah :)

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  25. I love the Mitchum deodorant but I have to use the 'fresh' one because the scent of the unperfumed one just isn't for me. Really helpful post, thanks Fleur :)

    Here's my blog http://kelseyfyi.blogspot.co.uk/ I wrote a post about a cute £8 Primark bag yesterday!

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  26. You've just inspired to put a little package together for my boyfriend who's flying to San Francisco next week! Obviously not the beauty stuff but things like neck pillow etc

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  27. Thank you for sharing it with us!!!

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  28. These products look soo good. I NEED to get some of them x

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  29. These look like perfect things to pack for a long haul flight! I need a decent neck pillow!

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  30. Ah I always get so lazy with flying and then regret it when we take off, next time I will be taking your advice and pack similar things with me!

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  31. This is so helpful since I like travelling. Great post Fleur! <3
    xoxo Zoe

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  32. Woof, great post Fleur!!
    I'm amidst traveling at the moment, this is really helpful!

    x, nessiejudge.blogspot.com

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  33. Great post, I always slather myself with moisturiser too, I also always take breathe mints, deodorant, body spray and a toothbrush & toothpaste as I usually feel so unclean by the end of the flight :( it sucks!

    http://www.blogthiswithhannah.blogspot.co.uk

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  34. Another fab post!

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  35. I've never flown before but in April I'm flying to India with college and I'm already panicking about the long flight but this is so helpful thank you Fleur!

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  36. That is really helpful - especially as I'm thinking about visiting my cousin who works in Bangkok!
    Katrina
    Mountainbeauty2013

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  37. this is so helpful! xx
    Nikki
    heyynikki.blogspot.com

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  38. that's very helpful since I always tend to overpack!

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  39. Love reading In-Flight essentials posts. Love your recommendations! I quite enjoyed The Cuckoo's Calling as well. :]

    Kim | evladylrebmik.blogspot.com

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  40. I've been traveling a lot more recently and I've become obsessed with finding out what everyone else takes with them when they travel so this is super duper helpful :)

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  41. Great tips! Have you posted your favorite blogs before?

    http://dayisnight.wordpress.com | a long distance lifestyle blog

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  42. Perfect flight-friendly picks! I love Chantecaille Just Skin!

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  43. love your blog. great tips :)

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  44. Great post! I recently read The Cuckoo's Calling and loved it xx

    jasminecara.blogspot.com.au

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  45. This was very helpful! Love it xx

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  46. nice... i cant understand y so many lenses... :O but good post.. thanku for sharing :)
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  47. What book are you planning to read next?
    xx Stephanie (www.stephaniesstyleblog.com)

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  48. I travel a lot and thanks for the list ! I must say you have good picks !
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  49. I always pack too much! You have more restraint than me ha.

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  50. This was great! I'll be sure to check back to this post when I pack for my flight to Canada next month :)

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  51. Cool post! :)

    xo http://actualestendencias.blogspot.com.es/

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  52. Thanks so much for the tips!
    Please check out our beauty giveaway http://rosesrooftop.blogspot.com/2013/09/beauty-giveaway.html
    Rosanna and Laura x

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  53. Very helpful post Fleur! :D I've been looking for rollerball fragrances everywhere but haven't been able to find one yet lol!

    Read about my products of the week: http://bektb.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/products-of-week_9009.html

    :-) xx

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  54. Great essentials! Looks very much the contents of my travel bag! Hope you had the loveliest honeymoon :)

    Imogen - A rendezvous with you

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  55. I love this list! I always go way over the top when packing my hand luggage, but there's nothing worse than being stuck on a flight with nothing to do. I'd love to know what you think of Cuckoo's Calling when you've finished it =) It's next on my list of things to read =) xx

    Squares - Bookworm and Beauty Enthusiast

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  56. Great post! I always struggle to decide what to take away with me, this will defiantly help next time. Thank you <3

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  57. Great blog post Fleur. I love reading post like this as I think it is so helpful and I love being nosey!
    You write them so well which makes them such an easy read. :)

    Thank you Mrs Mike DeForce!! xx

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  58. Thank you for this post! It was very helpful. :)
    I generally like posts where you can glance into people's purse. You can get to know so much about the person and her habits. :)

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  59. Love you Fleur! so helpful xoxo

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  60. This was a great post! I really want to try the Weleda skin food cream. This was really helpful as I'm going to India in November and need to be smart about packing my luggage especially since I'll be bringing so many things back.

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  61. Great post! I love the idea of the juice cube, I'm always having to limit the amount I use my phone because it has appalling battery life! Also thanks for sharing the tip about adjusting the time on your watch as soon as you get on the plane - why hadn't I thought of this before?! x

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  62. I want that Juice Cub. I hope I can find it here. :D


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  63. Currently reading The Cuckoo's Calling, awesome book

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  64. Why do you apply makeup before a flight when you remove it on the plane? Seems a little silly.

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  65. Love this post, so useful,and I am dying to read The Cuckoo's Calling! x

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  66. just seen this post for the first time and i must say... i am addicted to that toothpaste too! it's just so damn good and, well, yummy!

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