Invest In Sleep
Nothing removes the glamour of air travel like arriving dead on one’s feet. Few will manage to catch forty winks on a plane without a little help. While spirits from the trolley service do wonders for this, the best bet is to pack a high-quality eye mask and some ear plugs.
A mask made from cashmere – like the one included in the Armand Diradourian Elton John Aids Foundation travel set for Mr Porter – or velvet will feel soft and luxurious against the face, while one scented with a Lavender aroma will relax the body for a tranquil kip.
If earplugs aren’t enough to drown out screaming babies, pop some over-ear headphones on your lugs and soak up your pre-holiday playlist.
Going wireless is a wise move here – UrbanEars’ first foray into wireless features a swipe interface on the ear cup – to avoid getting in a tangle when buckling your belt or getting something out of you bag.
However, if you plan to use the in-flight entertainment systems, Sennheiser’s highly portable PXC 250-II mini headphone model is optimised for this and comes with NoiseGard active noise cancellation technology to reduce ambient racket.
Garment Cases And Bags
If you need to pack several outfits or are planning multiple destinations, but still want to avoid the luggage carousel, take a garment case or bag to separate worn and clean clothes to avoid contamination.
Japanese retailer Muji, which is available in thirteen stores across the UK, has developed a range made from materials that have been specially treated to reduce odours.
Shoe bags are an equally good idea, to keep the soles of your Oxford shoes away from your Oxford shirts.
As noted by our Grooming Editor in his frequent flyer’s grooming guide – while you may enjoy flying, your skin doesn’t. Without the right tools to hand, the face can quickly dehydrate causing it to feel dry and tight, one of the quickest pathways to premature ageing.
Each of the products below is underneath the 100ml limit for passing through security, an important rule to remember if you don’t want to be torn apart from your favourite bathroom accruements. However, one way around the restriction is to dispense some of a large product into empty travel pots (also available from the likes of Muji).
Fly into the battle well-armed with a moisturiser to replenish the skin like the Jack Black Dry Erase Face Cream, which helps retain essential moisture and nutrients while acting as a protective barrier against the aircraft’s low humidity.
It’s not just the face that can need a refresh, especially after a longer flight. The dry air causes pores to work overtime, producing excess oil that can leave locks looking greasy. A quick spray of dry shampoo is the ultimate quick fix here. If that seems all too girly then Hanz de Fuko Quicksand powder clay combines styling wax with dry shampoo to mattify hair as well as giving it hold.
Travel Document Wallet
A seasoned flyer is an organised flyer. You didn’t afford yourself extra time relaxing in the airport lounge by not checking a bag in to lose minutes fumbling for your passport.
Use a slick travel document wallet to organise your affairs so the bartender can get on with fixing your drink. Smythson has long been one of the kings of leather goods but high street offerings from the likes of Marks & Spencer offer more adorable alternatives.
A Portable Charger
For all it’s wonders, today’s modern technology appears to lose life quicker than ever. Popping a portable charger in your carry-on will allow you to top up your juice so you can watch that pre-downloaded boxset without the risk of running flat.