How to Greet Your Loved Ones After Hours and Hours of Travel Without Looking Like an Extra From the Walking Dead

The last post was about things that were helpful on the flights and in Spain with August, and I was going to tack this onto it but decided it would be better as a separate post. I just wanted to make a short post about what made my life a little nicer on the plane, since this can apply to mommies and non-mommies alike.


From when we got to our first airport to when we landed at our last was probably about 18 hours. I could be wrong, I am bad at math. But even give or take, I think it’s safe to say we spent “a lot” of hours traveling. By the end, I felt like hell on earth, but I was very grateful to myself for thinking to pack a toiletry bag for the plane. I fit everything into a small pencil case, and was able to freshen up and feel like a little bit of a human being, which was especially nice after a red-eye across the Atlantic. So I bring you, the contents of my in-flight toiletry bag.


Herschel Supply Co. Settlement Case, Khaki Polka Dot/Navy, One Size

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This was a small case that could fit easily in a purse or carry-on. It was great for holding the essentials, and the long shape is ideal if you need to throw in a makeup brush or anything else with some length to it. I filled it with toiletries and a little bit of makeup.


Yes To Cucumber Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes, 30 Count (Pack of 2)


Facial towelettes are great when you fly. You can take off your makeup before you go to sleep, and you can use one again when you wake up to wash your face for the day, all without leaving your seat. The not leaving my seat thing will be a frequent thumbs up in this post, because I wasn’t about to take August into the bathroom with me anymore than I had to. Now, these in particular are ideal for flight because they have ingredients to reduce puffiness, refresh your skin, treat breakouts, and moisturize. Plus they’re super gentle so you won’t irritate skin that’s already sensitive from dry airplane air.


Bausch & Lomb Contact Lens Case



I had to get a little creative here. I needed to bring my moisturizer and tinted moisturizer on the plane, but the bottles were too big and it felt dumb to pump the little bit I needed into a 3oz travel bottle. So I put my moisturizer in one side of the case, my tinted moisturizer in the other, and voila! I could hydrate my skin and add a little color while barely taking up any space in my bag.


Colgate Wisp Peppermint Mouth Fresheners



Again, with the not-leaving-my-seat-ness. Brushed my teeth before I went to sleep, then again when I woke up. No spitting or water required. I brought extra because I liked to use two in the morning.


NARS Blush, Orgasm 0.16 oz.


Still my favorite blush. I felt like a zombie at the end of this trip. And I mostly looked like one, except for the lively color on my cheeks! Fooled the world. The pencil case was long enough to hold my regular blush brush, too, so I didn’t need to use a crappy travel one.


Maybelline New York Volume Express Mega Plush Waterproof Mascara


This has been my new favorite cheap mascara for about a year. It has a great fluffy brush, and pretty decent staying power. I also packed my eyelash curler. I didn’t bring much makeup on the flight, but what I did bring was just enough to make me look awake and natural. Tinted moisturizer gives you a bit of sheer color, blush and lip stain make it look like your blood is flowing, and mascara opens up your eyes. I might have packed eyeliner and my brow stuff if I wasn’t traveling with August, but I wanted to stay as low maintenance as possible while still being able to look somewhat put together.


Maybelline New York Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm, Cherry Me, 0.15 Ounce


I love colored lip balms, forever and ever. They’re moisturizing, you get a splash of color, but it’s low maintenance enough that you don’t have to keep checking if it’s on your teeth or faded towards the inside of your lips. And since the color is so sheer, you can go with something bold, like a red, because the shade will brighten you up but it won’t be so vibrant that it seems out of place with comfy travel clothes.


Aveda Blue Oil 0.24 oz



I feel like I may have mentioned this little guy in a post before, so my apologies if I’m repeating myself. But damn, this roller ball is my life partner. I try to keep one in my purse at all times, because it’s so refreshing and relaxing. It has peppermint and camomile, and I normally apply this to the back of my neck where it meets my head in the middle and on both sides, plus behind my ears and on my temples. The peppermint oil is great for a little pick me up, and leaves a nice tingling sensation where applied. Then the camomile soothes muscles. I get bad tension headaches, and if I apply this early enough, I can usually avoid needing medicine. However, I did bring a mini Altoid tin with a few Excedrin in it, just in case. But I packed the Blue Oil mostly to perk me up a bit when needed.


When everyone was waking up on our flight from Newark to Madrid, I was able to get myself together in the time it took my seat neighbor to come back from the bathroom. I changed August’s clothes when I changed his diaper after we landed, and we were both ready to go. As with my last post, let me know if you end up using and of this, or if you have any suggestions of your own. I’m always looking for new tricks! Tell your boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife/mom/dad/amputee-that-catfished-you-on-the-internet that I said “You’re welcome,” when they pick you up from the airport.


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