SN TIPS | Nº 6.

My most recent article posted for CocoKouture Magazine.

Image: Lee Clower for The New York Times

When Amanda Hearst, Associate Market Editor of Marie Claire, flew back to New York from the European fashion weeks, she implied the heavy physical and mental tolls put on travelers. In a last month's article from the Sunday NY Times’ “What I Wore” segment, Hearst claims “I was still kind of groggy from [traveling to] Europe for the shows," continuing that she only wanted to bother with flats (NYT; March 11, 2011). A New Yorker without heels? But we'll save the fashion for another article and speak beauty. When traveling via aircraft—and this is especially true for long travels—it is important to note how to keep yourself and those around you from suffering what Hearst suffered. While your travel experience may not be as luxurious or as easy as you might hope, you can at the least stay refreshed and looking neat.
Firstly, unless you want to fuss with a giant Ziploc bag, you will want a travel kit that is slim with a healthy number of inner pockets, preferably of different sizes for more efficient separating. Any makeup haven, such as Sephora, will cater to this class of beauty product organizing. Their “Core Bag Collection” in black, for example, offers an array of basic travel-purposed baggies. Keep in mind that we are speaking strictly carry-on essentials, so remember that TSA restrictions limit the liquid you bring on board to be 3fl. oz or less per bottle. If you’re not sure what constitutes a liquid (i.e. moisturizer or toothpaste) read the measurement; ounces don't count as liquid.
It would be a great help to stroll the travel sect of the local corner store for those handy-sized sundries. Tiny mouthwashes, sanitizers, shampoos, and body washes already come in tiny containers. But if you’re a pinching your pennies for your vacation, snag a few generic mini plastic bottles and pour in whatever you use at home. They usually measure to a perfect 3 fl. oz. for travel purposes, so you can portion your liquids accordingly. Because of the restriction, you’ll want to prioritize your liquid needs. Think ahead of time what convenient stores will be near you at your final destination in case it is better to snag your shampoo there, unless you plan to wash your locks in the airport restroom, air-dried via hand dryer. As if.

Understandably, certain needs cannot wait to be attended when you arrive at your destination. For example, if you wear contact lenses (and plan to wear them on the plane) you will want to squirt your solution into the little pockets of your contact cases pre-flight. Whether or not you wear contacts, eye drops are good for keeping your eyes fresh and healthy (Systane lubricants for a quick refresher). Even if you don’t wear contacts, long flights and high altitudes can lead to red eyes, which are never pretty. If you’re looking to cure reds, use a de-redder such as Visine drops.
You don’t want to overload your carry-on weight, but at the same time, you need to account for unexpected occurrences. Some non-liquid extras to keep in mind: A couple Band-Aids and a pair of tweezers (which are allowed on flights) are required first-aid items; travel packets of tissues are there for a runny nose; cotton swabs and skin-sensitive wipe sheets (such as Neutrogena’s Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes), are saviors for mending smudged liner and other cleanups.

While you won’t be taking showers in airport bathrooms or aboard long flights, the key is to feel refreshed for sanity’s sake. The aforementioned wipe sheets have the face wash and toner-like feeling in one thorough wipe, which refreshes the forehead and neck. If you’re waiting at the gate with even fifteen minutes until your flight boards, you can sneak off to the bathroom with your carry-on and freshen up. Tie your hair up out of your face; floss, brush, and use mouthwash. Wipe off your face and neck with the pre-moistened sheets, reapply your deodorant (in a stall for privacy), and touch up any makeup that needs attention, such as concealer for your tired eyes and lip balm for chapped lips. Tame your hair down with some hand lotion so that you're not so bed-headed, even if you did just get out of bed to rush to the airport.
And if you really did just get out of bed to rush to the airport, wait for takeoff and the seat belt sign to blink off before slinking off to the restroom to do the same. Don’t forget to wash your hands when you’re all done; a lot of people means a lot of germs. A lot of people also means you’ll want to look refreshed and neat, not “kind of groggy” – even if that’s secretly how you feel.

3 Comments so far

  1. Great tips, again ♥

  2. That was my absolute favorite blog comment I've ever had the pleasure of! Thank you!
    I have been looking for an article so empathetic of the the toll travel takes on ones "woohoo" and what to do about it for YEARS! Found it! Thank you again! This blog's going in my daily/hourly reads!
    Zoey @ makeshiftmodel

  3. haha, try sleeping at an airport overnight. it'll make you seriously reconsider whole whole bathing in the restroom thing.


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