I travel quite a bit, and it wasn’t until this past year that I felt like I fell into a carry-on routine that truly worked for me. One of the key elements that I wanted to focus on was creating a smaller bag to hold all of my must-have beauty and wellness items. On a long flight there is nothing worse than dry skin, cracking cuticles, feeling like you are starting to come down with a cold, or forgetting make up wipes. Below is my tiny bag of tricks, a timesaving little do-it-all pouch filled with all of my travel essentials. I pack it in my carry-on and when I get home I refill whatever I have used and leave the whole thing intact so no packing and re-packing is necessary between trips!

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A GREAT MASK // I bring Summer Fridays with me whenever I travel. It is light, refreshing, and most importantly, a mask you don’t need to rinse off!

HAND CREAM // My By Terry hand cream is great for keeping my hands moisturized, and also smells heavenly. All the By Terry products have just the right amount of rose scent, enough to make me smell and feel fresh, but not overpower any fellow passengers.

MEGABABE ROSY PITS & A TOOTHBRUSH // Mid flight I typically freshen up by brushing my teeth, washing my face, and reapplying deodorant. While this may not be needed on a cross country flight from NYC to LA, I have taken countless 15+ hour flights from the US to Asia where this feels VERY necessary.

AN EYE MASK // I can’t count the number of overnight flights I have been on where they keep the lights ON. What? I love my slip mask. It is pure silk and a lifesaver when it comes to trying to snooze on a flight. P.S. – they also make a pillowcase that is equally dreamy.

ALL THE MEDS // I typically have Emergen-C, DayQuil, NyQuil, and Advil with me on every flight, because, well you just never know when your body decides it is going to try and ruin your trip.

MAKE UP REMOVING WIPES // Since I am typically wearing make up when I board a flight, but want to remove it before sleeping, I bring these RMS make up removing wipes along. They are easy to travel with and super effective.

SIMPLE LIP GLOSS // My lips tend to dry out quite easily, so a clear, simple lip balm is always with me, like this one or this one.

THE BASICS // Gum, hair ties, a MUJI pen, and band aids, are those basic must-haves for me. I tend to get blisters quite easily and I swear trying to find a band aid inside an airport is near impossible for some reason.

ALL OF THE TECHNOLOGY // When traveling (esp. internationally) I have an external battery charger for my phone, both versions of the Apple EarPods (because my phone uses the updated ones, but many times the in-flight entertainment systems still uses the older jack), and this adorable converter.

All of these items fit perfectly in my nifty little Gray Malin pouch. Also travel related, I am working on a little guide of where I like to stay in Paris, and what to do, see, and eat. If you have any other travel related questions, please ask away!

For a few other recent travel related posts, check out my quick guide to Cartagena here, the most chic travel accessories here, and the most instagram-worthy spots in Paris here!

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  • YZ Chan

    I have pretty much the same essentials when I travel. A book is a must too. 🙂

    • Blair

      Agreed! XO BEE

  • Heather

    We are going to Vancouver in mid July, then an Alaskan cruise for a week and end up in Anchorage/Denahli Park. I am usually packing for beach vacations. What in the world do I pack for cute, weather and culture appropraiate for both on and off the ship?

    Thanks so much.

    • Blair

      Lots of layers! Striped tees, sweaters, and a military jacket! XO BEE

  • Briana

    I just returned to the states so I can vouch for needing all of these in a carry on!


  • Mireia

    In love with it!

    Mireia from TGL

  • A.J.

    so…do you brush your teeth with bottled water? because plane water…blech :/

    • Blair

      YES! Bleh to airplane bathroom water is right. I ask for a water bottle and bring it into the bathroom with me!

  • Arianna

    An eye mask is an essential on an overnight flight!😌

  • Monique | Little Miss Mon Bon

    I pack my onboard beauty bag very, very similarly to you! I always have a toothbrush, mini toothpaste, my deodorant, all my vitamins/probiotics/inner beauty powders, minis of my favourite La Mer moisturisers/eye creams, a saline nasal spray to help keep my sinuses from hurting and some paw paw cream for my lips. There is nothing worse than taking a longer haul flight and being dry, sore and ill feeling on top of being tired and hungry! If you pack your on-board beauty bag correctly it makes the world of difference on the other end of the flight 🙂

    xx Mon
    Little Miss Mon Bon

    • Blair

      I couldn’t agree more! XO BEE

  • Ray Amaari

    Love these. They are essentials.

  • Kathrin

    I always forget to pack a toothbrush in my carry-on and always regret it on a long flight. Thanks for the great tips.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

  • Dana

    LOVE your in flight essentials, Blair! I carry all of the same products. I also bring eye gel masks to reduce puffiness.

    The Champagne Edit

  • Ana

    Great essentials! I’m surprised you didn’t include a comb or brush. Instead of the mask, I carry an empty water bottle and I ask the flight attendant to fill it up for me. Also, it’s imperative for me to carry protein bars because as we know it, the food on the plane sucks.
    To prevent the germs to get me, I take airborne chewable pills and also hand sanitizer.

  • Jae

    Everyone’s been talking about that face mask. I want to give it a go!

  • Monika

    Great tips! Nice to know that. 🙂

  • Tabitha

    Great post! I’m getting ready to go on a long flight soon, and this list is extremely helpful in what to bring.


  • A Woman Of A Certain Age

    I must try that silk slip mask!

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  • Fortune Dushey

    Going to look into the RMS wipes.
    I used to be an emergen-c die hard but I now prefer airborne tablets. They have a chewable version and I find them more effective!

  • J.M.

    Wonderful list! Definitely going to try out Summer Fridays 🙂 An eye mask is always a must for me too. Love my new Wanderlust mask from Amazon!

  • fortune Dushey

    I keep reading about RMS wipes. Need to try these. Thanks!

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