Travel Size and Ready To Go: In-flight Travel Essentials

ELYSIAN Travel Editors share their must-have items for long flights and red eye travel.

Depending on where you’re from and where you’re going, an overseas flight can be brutally long. Often uncomfortable and insufferably boring if you’re not blessed with a window seat, it’s important to have the essentials to ensure an at least semi-enjoyable trip while traveling overseas. Here’s ELYSIAN’s list of the best travel essentials to keep you flying high:

Oh, sweet sleep!

An eye mask is an in-flight necessity as your sleep schedule is probably not going to match up with the guy next to you. And with a copper-infused eye mask, you can smooth fine lines and wrinkles while you slumber. The Flight 001 blanket was specifically designed to be lightweight, yet warm, and doubles as a comfy pillow when left in its pouch. Or, you could always get all three in this handy kit from Sofia Cashmere.

Illuminage Beauty Skin Rejuvenating Eye Mask, $35,
Flight 001 Travel Blanket, $30,
Sofia Cashmere Cable Knit Travel Gift Set, $495,

Fly away while you travel

While surfing the web may be a great way to pass the time, what happens if you don’t end up near an outlet to recharge? Being confined to a space without (most of) life’s distractions, a flight can be a perfect time to catch up on some of the best books by written by women in the last year.

Foreign Soil: And Other Stories, $14.95,
Fever Dream,  $17,
Brave, $18.53,
The Immortalists, $17.16,

Slip on, slip off

Back in the day, boarding a plane was easy, but now it seems like we all go through a pseudo strip search beforehand. Your shoes can be the biggest indicator of your passage through security, so it’s important to wear a shoe that can easily slip on and off. This year’s sock sneaker craze has got you coveredor you can go with a more traditional slip-on. Sandals are a no-go unless you want your piggies resting floor.

Diemme Biege Suede Garda Slip-on Sneakers, $340,
Giueseppe Zanotti Star Sparkle Sneaker, $850,
Valentino Garavani Beaded Butterfly Sneaker, $1,445,

Immortalizing memories

We’re huge advocates of the travel journaling game. It’s the best way to store your memories while they’re fresh. Believe me, you’ll thank yourself in a few years. Start on the plane by filling your first page with your goals for the trip – destinations, attractions, restaurants. When you land, see how many you can check off.

Rifle Paper Co. Travel Essentials Journal, $15,
Kate Spade NY Coral Travel Journal, $20, Paradiso Greetings Pens, $14,

Refresh, restore, rejuvenate

Travel is exhausting, and being cramped in an airplane cabin can make it almost fatally so. Whether or not you’ve slept well – or even slept at all – you’re probably going to look pretty rough once the wheels hit the ground. Perk up your skin and your appearance with your choice of rejuvenating facial sprays and serums.

Philosophy Renewed Hope Hydrating Mist, $30,
La Mer The Regenerating Serum, $335,
Chanel Hydra Beauty Essence, $93, 

And, of course, no flight would be complete without the ultimate carry-on bag. Check out ELYSIAN’s list of the most stylish handbags for the season.


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