Two weeks and two days back at home in New York City and I'm off again for a three and a half week family vacation to Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong! This year is the year of traveling for me and I will have spent nearly half of 2013 abroad.
The worst part of traveling to Asia for me is the flight time. From New York to Hong Kong I will be trapped on a plane for 16 whopping hours. After a two hour stopover, I'm back on the plane for nearly four grueling hours before I land in Kuala Lumpur. So what's in my carry-on TSA approved baggie for the long haul flight...?
Only a few bits and bobs, actually! I'm packing super light for this flight and need just a few basics to tie me over. Everything is sample sized as I always have back stocked samples purposely for traveling! The Avene Micellar Lotion will serve as much gentle cleanser as it makes my skin feel clean and refreshed but not stripped. To tone up my skin I have the Caudalie Beauty Elixir which refreshes and calms. I intend to use this spray throughout my trip to cool down my skin as well. To hydrate my skin while I read, sleep and watch a few in-flight movies, I'll be applying the Avene Soothing Moisture Mask. After a few hours I intend to cleanse again and apply a proper moisturizer instead, the Avene Hydrance Optimale Rich Hydrating Cream. My oily skin would probably fare better with a lighter gel moisturizer but I have none on hand at the moment and the air on the plane is so dry that my skin will probably be parched.
Some miscellaneous products include hair ties and mini clips to keep my locks out of my eyes. Hand sanitizer is a must when traveling and you never know when you might need it. The Ahava Essential Day Moisturizer is supposed to be a moisturizer but I plan on using it as a hand cream instead. If I happen to need a moisturizer, I guess it could be a multitasker. A hand mirror is always nice to have at your disposal when traveling.
Sample sachets are perfect for flying as they take up no space at all and usually include enough product for at least one use. I have a mish mash of fragrance and skincare samples just in case I need a bit of primping during the flight.
How do you pack for long haul flights? What do you do on long journeys to keep yourself occupied? I almost never get any sleep on long flights and hope that I can get at least five hours of shut eye for this journey! What are your tips and tricks to surviving a 20+ hour commute?