Packing a comfort bag for a long flight

burts-bees-lotionLet’s face it, long flights are intimidating. Between the dry air, the endless hours, and the cramped seats, a 9 hour flight can feel like eternity! While I can’t do much about the tiny amount of personal space (aside from fork up the dough for business class) there are a few things I can bring to make the flight more comfortable, what I call my “comfort bag.” I have a separate kit with my sleep aids in it.

Here are the things I don’t make a long flight without:

Moisturizer and lotion. Airplane air is dry, sucking the moisture right out of your skin. Lotion for your hands and moisturizer for your face can help combat the lizard-skin-effect. Right now I’m using First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream for my face and Burt’s Bees Milk and Honey lotion.

Disposable toothbrush. Nothing makes me feel fresher like brushing my teeth after sleeping. Using a regular toothbrush isn’t always practical, so I always keep Wisps in my comfort bag.

Lip balm. My lips are the first to dry out during travel, so I always have lip balm in arms reach. My perennial fave is Burt’s Bees.

Medicine. I always have ibuprofen and Pepto Bismol, but for international flights I add Tylenol PM, Tums, and an antihistamine.

Face wipes. While brushing my teeth makes me feel fresh, washing my face makes me feel renewed, even if I’m just using a face wipe. I love Yes to Cucumbers, and follow it up with my face moisturizer.

Deodorant. No explanation necessary, right?

Hydrating mask. A few years ago my esthetician recommended putting on an intense hydrating mask before a long flight. Best tip ever! I found a travel-size of Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial a month  ago and saved it for this trip. My skin felt amazingly soft when I landed, and it was nice to get some pampering during my flight.

Tissues. Always good to have on hand, so I always have a few travel packs of tissues in my comfort bag and toiletry bag.

Antibacterial  wipes. In case I need to clean off icky surfaces I keep Clorox wipes with me all the time when traveling long distances.

Readers, what do you keep in your comfort bag? Anything I should add for next time?


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  1. Always, always bring soft foam earplugs no matter how long the flight. A pair of short socks, the paper magazines I mean to read and haven’t – easier on the eyes and I toss them after the flight.

  2. Yes to antiseptic wipes!!! I buy them in bulk!

    My comfort bag always has a little vial of Aveda Blue Oil, a few little dabs on my temples, wrists, or scalp to pick me up or avoid a headache. Along the same line, I also always have a Vicks-type aromatherapy inhaler handy to combat nasty smells. I like to have a saline spray so my nose doesn’t dry out after all the sniffing of my aromatherapy stick 🙂

    Oh, and a sleep mask. 100% essential.

    Great post!

  3. I find the inside of my nose drys out and a friend who lives in Canada suggested this gel they use when it gets super cold up there to keep your nose it is always in my comfort pack and a sleeping mask.

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