8 Beauty Items to Take in Your Carry-on

I have done more traveling by plane in 2018 than in any other year of my life. Weddings, baby showers and, finally, 2 vacations in the next month! Unfortunately traveling via the sky is really taxing on your skin. The recycled air isn’t the only culprit- altitude changes and even the sun coming in through your window can dry out and damage your skin.

Typically, the flights that I take from BWI to BOS are short (literally an hour or less!) but I still do my best to care for my skin. I will say, the list you are about to read is not something I take on a 1 hour flight. These are the items I am taking on our cross country flight to Seattle (with a short layover in Boston).


1. A thick lip balm or mask

If you take nothing else with you, please take a chapstick! Our lips are incredibly sensitive and prone to drying out and cracking. I am taking the Bite Beauty lavender lip mask and the agave balm. I purchased these mini sizes in a Bite Beauty kit from Sephora.

2. Eye Drops

Maybe its just me, but my eyes dry out quickly anyway– never mind when I am in a dry environment. I also wear contacts which adds to the dryness. I have learned a lot of valuable lessons about my body in the last few years but the best have been about caring for my eyes. My eyes tend to itch when they are dry so I have been using these Alaway eye drops that were recommended by my eye doctor.

3. Lotion or Balm

Your hands and elbows will thank you- dry air=dry skin. My all over balm of choice is the Lano all over balm that I purchased at Ulta. It’s large enough to get tons of use but small enough that it doesn’t go over the 3oz limit for TSA. Think of this as a larger more lotion-y version of Glossier’s balmdotcom.

4. Makeup Remover Wipes

The next few items on this list are going to require a fresh face. If you are like me, and have blemished, red skin, you’ll know I have to at least put a little powder on my face– and I rarely leave my house without mascara. A travel size pack of wipes will be just enough to slip in your bag and to take off any makeup you have on. I picked up a 10 count travel size pack from my local CVS.

5. Hydrating Serum

Serums travel well, and they can pack a hydrating punch when you need it. Once you remove your makeup pat a few drops of a hydrating serum– I recommend the B-Hydra serum from Drunk Elephant. They sell it in a great kit from Sephora so that you can get the mini version for travel (or just if you want to try it!).

6. Mask

If you embarrass easily or just aren’t feeling extra- you can stop here! MASKING on a PLANE? I have no shame, I spend a lot of time, money and energy keeping my skin healthy so I’m going to do what I have to do. Your skin will be begging for a mask, if you don’t want to do one in flight, you should when you get to your hotel room! I am bringing along the super hydrating Jet Lag mask by Summer Fridays. A sheet mask would also be great if you prefer that!

7. Muslin Cloth

If you’re going to be masking on the plane, you really need something to dab it off with. I really love how versatile muslin cloths are. They are small enough to fold up and put in your bag, they dry quickly, and the texture feels great on your skin. You can find these just about anywhere but I purchased a 3 pack from The Alpine Glow on Etsy.

8. Facial Mist

I have been obsessing over the Little Barn Apothecary coconut and mint facial mineral mist. Any reason that I have to take it everywhere with me- I’ll use it. I intend on misting my face on my first flight and as a refresher when we land.