Beauty on Board


Long haul flights can be so tiresome! All that recycled air, airplane food and germs surrounding you for hours upon hours is not the best start to your holiday.

The plus side to long haul flights however is you do have a lot of time to kill and it’s the perfect time to give yourself a little pampering, turning your flight into a spa. It makes for a more relaxing, enjoyable flight and when you land your less likely to look jet lagged and you can really start your hollibobs in style. I’m not saying you have to step off the plane in sky scraper heels looking like a celeb, but just feeling and looking fresher after such a long time in that cramped space puts you in the right frame of mind to start your holiday.

Keeping in mind the restrictions of size of liquids (100ml) of course and hand luggage weight and size, there are still plenty of ways to bring your favourite pampering products on board. Don’t forget that once through security and air-side, you can buy a lot of full sized products in the duty free that are safe to take on board. Look up your designated airport duty free to find out if they stock your chosen brands.

Now i am a low maintenance girl, well in the beauty stakes, not so much in the fashion sense. It is getting harder and harder to figure out how to travel and look great at the same time so here are my top tips when travelling.


Travel wash bag

It’s important to get the right containers and bags for your in-flight beauty kit. It’s all about space, ease of access and keeping within the size restrictions.

Buy a specific wash bag for your in flight toiletries and keep all your goodies in here. It doesn’t have to be overly large but something that can fit all your bottles and products in.  If you can, use a clear plastic wash bag as you will need to show the liquids you are taking on board at airport security. If you don’t have a clear wash bag, put your liquids in a clear plastic bag (available at most airport securities) and pop that in the wash bag – that way you can just pull it out at security then quickly put it back away. Having the separate wash bag means you don’t have to take your whole hand luggage bag to the bathroom, you can just grab your small wash bag and go. If you get one small enough you can even store it in your seat back pocket – perfect access for in-seat pampering. Ok, maybe this is a little too organised for some people, but make sure you have a zip pocket in the bag for keeping things like cotton pads, hair ties, bobby pins etc in. You don’t want to tip your whole wash bag out looking for that elusive clip to pin your hair up! It’s so much easier to just pull out one of these little pockets and have access to what you need.

Perfume Atomiser Spray

I only recently discovered these amazing little product. They are about the size of a lipstick and hold around 50 pumps worth of perfume. They come in a variety of colours. Airplane approved they’re a great alternative to carrying huge glass perfume bottles on board or having to go without your favourite scent because the bottle is too big!  Perfume atomisers are also great for weekend trips to Europe as well.

Brush Wallet/Holdall

If you’re taking any make up brushes on board, pick up a small foldable brush wallet. It keeps all your brushes in place and tidy too. Also, if anything does happen to leak in your bag your brushes will be kept clean and protected. Personally I prefer to wear as little make up as possible when travelling. The recycled air causes my skin to dry out and thus the applied make up doesn’t look so great! If you are going to travel with make up though take the bare minimum; foundation, concealer, bronzer or blush.

Facial Moisturiser – decant your own into a smaller bottle/container or see if you can get any free samples from beauty counters in department stores, they’re the perfect size and take up little to no room in your bag!

Eye Cream – look for something that specifically reduces puffiness and moisturising. I struggle to sleep on over night long haul flights and so my eyes always end up looking really puffy and tired. Applying a little eye cream every couple of hours has really helped me to avoid the noticeably tired look!

Hand Cream – again, it’s all about keeping your skin nourished and moisturised so apply hand cream regularly. You could even look up hand massage online and give yourself, friends and family a little extra pampering too!


Deodorant – self-explanatory! You’ll struggle to feel fresh if you don’t smell so fresh!

Mouthwash / Floss – Trust me, no amount of pampering will make you feel refreshed if your mouth and teeth feel dirty! Pop some mouthwash into a small travel bottle and rinse your mouth out in the bathroom after your meal and before you land – you’ll feel all the better for it!

Make up Remover – If you’re going to pass through the airport wearing make up you’ll need something to take it off with on the plane! Try looking for a mild multi-use remover so you don’t need a separate eye remover. Using cotton pads you can remove your make up from your seat.


Get hold of one of those fabric head bands that go all around your head. They’re ideal for keeping your bangs and fly aways out of your face whilst you apply products and make up.

Eye Mask

Great for keeping out the light if you want to sit back and just rest for a while.

Cotton Pads

For applying and removing products. Especially great if your apply a face mask during the flight, these make it easier to remove in your seat than having to trudge to the bathroom and splash around.

Top Tip- Try and get a cup of ice water during the flight and soak two cotton pads in it. Once cold apply over your eyes and rest for around 20 minutes. It freshens up your eyes and reduces puffiness. If you don’t want people watching, pop a sleeping eye mask over the top!

Cleansing Wipes

Personally, I find these too dry for my skin as my skin is extra sensitive. However your skin will thank you for it. If you can’t disembark without it, you can apply it before landing. Just keep it simple!

Hair Accessories

Take a collapsible brush with a mirror on one side – multi function! Pack some spare hair ties, bobby pins, even a clamp if your wearing your hair down during travelling and need to put it all out of your face.


Choose a lip balm over a gloss, especially something with added moisturiser like vaseline. Balms will be great during the flight, saving your lips from drying out and cracking.


Water – Always take extra water, the more hydrated we are on the inside, the better it shows on the outside! I take a big bottle for a long haul flight – bought after I’ve passed security of course.

All items available from superdrug




One thought on “Beauty on Board

  1. jackiemallon says:

    I want to be that type of traveller and will certainly follow your recommendations for my next trip! Can’t promise anything but the intention is there, thanks to you 🙂

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