Beauty Essentials To Pack For Your Flight

(Last Updated On: July 8, 2019)

The countdown to our holiday is officially on and all that has been on my mind is packing, packing and any other thing related to packing that one can think of. Admittedly, it is something I procrastinate with. I’ve never been one to see a point with packing way in advance because… what about all the clothes and things we want to wear and use in the meantime? I’m definitely a start-packing-a-week-before person.

One thing I’m definitely not looking forward to with our trip is the 8 hour long plane ride. 8 hours with two squirmy kids who seem perpetually wide-awake all the time (these kids have weaned off their afternoon naps since they hit the age of 2). 8 hours, myself squirming within the confines of a seat, with my husband who is twice my size barging into my limited sacred space. And of course, there’s the looking like you just crawled out of bed afterwards!

If looking like you just crawled out of bed bothers you as it does me (especially because it makes me feel ill-equipped and too sleepy to handle all the impending hectic customs, kids, luggage stuff to come), here are some tips for what to pack for a beauty perk-me-up!

Beauty Essentials to Pack for Flight


Antipodes Joyous Protein-Rich Night Replenish Serum*

This is one goodness-filled mini that I have been raving about recently and will have to come back for a full review post soon. I am not crazy about oils but this has me on the verge of conversion! I love its really lightweight, non-oily formula and it leaves in its wake an immediate glow. Such a cute and convenient mini too.

Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream*

Boasting the superior restorative qualities of 100% pure avocado oil, this night cream is gentle, smells beautiful and really helps to moisture. God knows we need as much hydration as we can on flights. It contains Active manuka honey to soothe and moisten and uses potent antioxidant Vinanza Grape to help neutralise free radical damage. All in a convenient mini tube that is perfect for travel.

Raccine Ultimate Aqua Blanc Eye Care

This is a full sized product but packaged in such a nifty, sleek pump. I get bad eye bags when I don’t get a good sleep and planes don’t really offer those (not with above-mentioned squirmy kids and twice-my-size husband surrounding me). I was looking for a good eye cream and this Raccine one is perfect. Plus no annoying, hard-to-handle jar forms to deal with. It uses Pulsatilla Koreana essence for a brightening effect and helps to moisturise the eye area while reducing the appearance of dark circles. The effect it gives is instant and my eye area always feels firmer (away with them eye bags) and brighter.

Arbonne Intelligence CC Cream

I don’t bother with any make up on the plane but a good base is an easy way to look good without the fuss of a full face make up. I go for CC Creams as they are just easy  to spread and blend with my fingers plus they have all the added goodness that foundations don’t have. This Arbonne one is a 10-in-1 CC Cream that also acts as a primer (even and smooth base), protector of the skin’s moisture barrier, concealer (it gives pretty good coverage under my eyes and for redness around my nose for a CC Cream), hydrator, mattifier (minimizes shine), brightener, blemish cover, pore refiner, comforter that feels soothing to the skin and complexion controller. Sounds impressive? It is.

Carmex Moisture Plus in Peach Tint*

For a easy fuss-free pop of colour on the lips. As usual, I reach for my Carmex. I’m a great fan of the tingly tingly tingle you get and I love the beautiful tint it gives. Plus there’s SPF 15, Vitamin E and Aloe to look after your pout.

MeMeMe Arch Angel

I have mentioned before that nice brows are my must-haves! I really see a big difference in having nice, neat brows compared to bushy/sparse/untamed brows. This MeMeMe Arch Angel is perfect for traveling. It’s an award-winning 2-in-1 dual-ended super weapon with a gel definer on one side and gorgeous creamy highlighter (for highlighting along the brow bone and the inner corners of the eyes) on the other end. It’s easy to use, fuss-free (I use this word a lot) and very affordable.

These are my picks for beauty essentials that are convenient, easy to take along and do the job well.

What are your beauty essentials to pack for a flight?


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  • Great post Mandy! One of my favourite posts to read about are travel makeup bag posts!
    I love the Antipodes night cream as well and now I have to get my hands on that serum.
    I really like the look of the MeMeMe Arch Angel. Where can you purchase this?
    Hope you have a great trip & the kids are well behaved!

    Sarah | Bows & Pleats

  • OMG you make these Antipodes products sound so lovely – I have to get my paws on some when I go to Oz this Dec! Though I think they do ship internationally from NZ….hmmmm…

    Beauty essentials on a flight – a rich moisturizer for face, e.g. Bioderma Atoderm range. And facial wipes (i like the yes to cucumber ones) to clean my face because I find washing my face in the tiny basin on board is kind of annoying and I tend to wet the entire toilet!! LOL!

    • They are awesome! 😉 Yes I think they ship internationally. I haven’t tried Bioderma but I will say yes to trying out rich moisturizers! Oh yes, facial wipes is a good one that I missed out. Would be great for a refreshing wake-me-up. Thanks for sharing! Will be popping that in my bag xx

  • Very helpful post Mandy! I am very much looking forward to our holiday but not the packing part. I will pack some CC cream as you advised so that I don’t look too scary after a long flight:) I have a little sample of the Avocado and pear night cream somewhere. I need to give it a try.

    I love Jurlique Rosewater Mist (small bottle) and a rich lip balm when flight long distance. I always pack a bag of party mix lollies too:) It gives me a quick sugar fix and keep the kids on their best behaviours. Not very healthy at all but very effective:)

    • Oh the Jurlique Rosewater Mist sounds nice 🙂 Snacks are a definite must for kids. Anything to distract/keep them occupied!

  • I love Antipodes as well! I use BB cream, but I’ve seen the new trend of CC cream. It would be helpful if you could share the difference between the two and any recommendations you have for these.

    • Hi Serene, I have been seeing so many CC cream releases too! I’ll be working on a post (thanks for the suggestion) and I’ll let you know when it’s up 🙂

  • It’s weird, I will pack all these lovely beauty items, body moisturisers and all that jazz when travel but the minute I arrive at my destination I don’t use it. I’m not someone who will ‘top up my tan’ before actually being in the soon. i prefer to do anything in the natural way. The minute it comes to going out and travelling abroad however, I never desire wearing any makeup. Maybe the odd bit of mascara so I don’t look half-dead, but never any concealer or foundation. Nothing. Maybe it’s because I am so exhausted from early wake up calls and just want to get out and about that I don’t find the time or need.

    Anyone else feel like that when on holiday?

    Kayleigh. x

    • I know what you mean Kayleigh! I have been guilty of over-packing before. Having said that, I do end up using a good amount of the things that I take along but I do have days when I’m just too tired to bother with much x

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