As any seasoned traveler knows, airplane air is not your friend. Aside from the fact that it's stale, recirculated and full of God knows what germs, it also sucks every last ounce of moisture out of your skin. No bueno if you want to arrive in paradise feeling refreshed.
After hundreds of thousands of miles spent in the air, I've perfected (if one does perfect anything) my must-have moisturizing tools. I take them with me on every flight, but they are essential on red-eyes and long international jaunts.
Here they are:
Hands: Avene Cold Cream
I've tried dozens of hand moisturizers and this one is a keeper. It's about $15 and you can get it on Amazon or Violet Grey. It has a light scent and isn't greasy at all, but it does soak into your skin keeping it feeling supple for hours. Some reviewers were harsh about the scent, but I don't find it offensive and I'm really sensitive to smells.
Note: At home La Mer The Hand Treatment is part of my nightly routine, but the tube is over 3 ounces and not conducive to carry-on. At $90, I don't want to take any chances that TSA will make me chuck it!
How to use it: I put this on throughout my flight. I begin after my post-boarding hand towel refresh, then again after every hand wash, before going to sleep and before exiting the plane.
Face: Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
I love, love this water mask and use it a few times a week at home for a moisture boost. It's a light, gel consistency that you leave on while you sleep. No rinsing required. The jar is only 2.3 ounces, but it's bulky so I prefer to use the Take Me Away Travel Jar Set from Sephora to keep it small. At $25 it's money well spent.
How to use it: For international travel, I apply it once after I've cleansed my face in preparation for a little sleepy-time. It could also be used on shorter flights in place of your regular moisturizer, under your make-up.
Face: Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Hydro Sleeping Mask
This water mask was actually my first love and still a solid choice if you already love Dr. Jart+ products. Seriously, does Korean beauty rock or what?! All the same benefits of Laneige, but my skin doesn't feel quite as soft after use and it's almost twice as much at $48.
How to use it: See Laneige above.
Lips: Glossier Balm Dotcom
This $12 all over skin salve from hip beauty brand Glossier is serious at keeping your lips highly kissable. The little tube is so cute and I've used it on my lips as well as other dry spots, It does contain petrolatum which is a byproduct of petroleum. There are articles for and against petroleum, so I'll leave it to you to weigh the pros and cons for yourself.
If you want an organic, gluten-free alternative with no petrolatum, check out the Bliss Balms (3 for $14) from Happy Grace. Fans rave about them and they go on silky smooth. Bonus: each has an empowering mantra like "All Is Well" and "You've Got This" on the fun tube wrapper. (Full disclosure: I own Happy Grace, but I seriously don't leave home without a balm).
How to use it: I apply my balm before, during and after my flight, but it's especially important as part of my pre-sleepy-time ritual.
Eyes: Bausch + Lomb Re-nu Drops
Nothing says tired and strung out like red, dry eyes. I actually prefer Visine for getting rid of the red, but I'm a contact lens wearer so Re-nu is a much better option. It keeps everything lubed up in the eye department.
How to use it: As needed, but I always use before sleeping and at landing.
What's in your carry-on? Do you have any moisturizing favorites? Share in the comments below.
Maybe it's because I'm a lawyer or maybe it's because I was a Girl Scout, but I'm all about redundancy when it comes to travel. Before we leave on a trip I make two copies of everyone's passports and visas or immunization records if required for travel.
I hold all originals. I give one set of copies to my husband to put in his bag and I leave one set home with my mom (who is always listed as our emergency contact and has a complete itinerary with our travel confirmations and whereabouts).
Finally, I take a pictures with my phone.
For our first trip to Africa I knew that we needed immunizations. What I didn't know was where to get them.
The answer: Passport Health.
Passport Health is a clinic that specializes in travel vaccinations and immunizations and they have offices throughout the U.S. They'll tell you what you need and administer it right there in the office. They can also provide antibiotics (in case of a stomach bug), malaria pills and altitude medication.
Your regular doctor or pediatrician will likely not have most of what you need because their volume isn't high enough to stock the meds. That said, take your kids records with you so you don't duplicate anything they already have.
I'm a recovering attorney/CEO and NBA executive turned entrepreneur. Before I could travel in style I just traveled, bed bug bites and all.True story. Today, I'm fortunate enough to visit iconic locations and stay in the very best hotels with my husband and son. So, whether you're living the champagne travel reality or just dreaming about it, I'm glad you're here!