My TRAVEL Essentials…. What I Cannot Leave Behind

Hi guys,

So this has been asked quite a lot in every Q&A over the summer so I felt I would put together a blog post on what I bring. I always forget that not everyone travels as frequently and things are always changing. Every time I do any travel Q&A, I always get a great reaction. This blog post is essentials for any one who travels, whether thats once a year, once a month, frequent flyers or cabin crew.

So let’s get cracking…..What do I bring?

Firstly let’s talk all things beauty 🙂 I keep all of these in one beauty bag in my case at all times (some in my handbag but mainly kept all together for each flight)

One thing that is always going in the sealed bag first…. is your foundation. Obviously if you have checked in luggage then this makes the whole process a lot easier. You can only have one clear bag so note that. ONLY LIQUIDS go in this, so other makeup like bronzer, mascara, blusher, powder does not need to go in here.

I leave out shower gel as generally the hotel you are going to visit will have that. I HATE hotel shampoo and conditioner so always bring my own.


I use the OGX Travel Size shampoo and conditioner which I find amazing. So handy and can be bought in Boots.

For my hairspray, I generally just use a small size L’Oreal Elnett one which I also pick up in Boots. As cabin crew, I always need to wear my hair up so hairspray is an essential for me.


Hand Cream (as crew I cannot go on a flight without hand cream)

This obviously wouldn’t be for everyone travelling but for me I need it as I’m constantly washing my hands and moisturising is key. I’ve been using this one from This Works for ages now and I really like it.

Image Vital C Travel Kit

I constantly have these in my bag. When they start running low I re-buy the whole kit as it’s €26. You can buy it HERE (not affiliated) I can’t ever have enough. I use the Vital C range from Image at home so it’s great to have these all with my on trips. I just love everything from the cleanser to remove my makeup to the serum, the mask to the SPF. I actually have a bigger size SPF from Image which I bring with me.

Image Vital C Travel Kit is suitable for dry/dehydrated/sensitive/Rosacea skin and contains:

  • Image Vital C Hydrating Facial Cleanser
  • Image Vital C Hydrating Anti Aging Serum
  • Image Vital C Hydrating Repair Creme
  • Image Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Masque
  • Image Prevention+ Daily Hydrating Moisturiser SPF30

These are perfect for travelling and holidays as they are so small and don’t take up loads space in your clear bag.

Image Skincare PREVENTION + Daily Hydrating Moisturiser SPF 30

P20 Face SPF 30

I have this in a 30ml and it’s perfect size for the face for travelling. I chop and change between this one and the P20 Face.

Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Face Mask

This mask is one of my ABSOLUTE essentials as crew and I have about 15 at home so I always have one handy for my trips. These are brilliant for rehydrating the skin after a few days in the sun.


Gilette Venus Snap Razor

This is a compact size razor that is the perfect for traveling. Don’t bother bringing your full size one, this is way handier. I generally just use the shower gel to shave my legs so once again saving space for other essentials.


Toothbrush & Toothpase Kit

If you are a frequent traveller then you want a cover for your toothbrush as it’s constantly going to be in that bag. This one is super compact from Amazon, Walgreens or any pharmacy.



Dove Deodorant/Hand Sanitiser/Tablets

Personally I love Dove deodorant. I’ve been using it for years now and they have small sized ones. I constantly have two or three hand sanitisers in my cabin bag at all times and lastly pain killers, antihistamines & Dioralyte I won’t leave the house without, just incase.

Coco Mademoiselle Perfume Handbag Size

These are AMAZING!!! One small travel size perfume. Granted it’s a little expensive but personally I cannot not bring perfume away with me. This is just perfect for travelling. Lots of brands now do small 30ml size bottles so shop around but if you fly a lot they are great.


Lip balm/Facial Mist
If you have followed me for a long time, you will have constantly noticed me mention these on my blog. I’ve been using the Dr. Paw Paw for a good few years now. I have a full size at home but the 10ml travel size is what I carry in my handbag. I actually try get as much travel size products as possible. Then for the facial mist I have been using my Yonka Invirgorating Mist (travel size) also. I get this in hydration kit which is very handy. The cleanser and moisturising cream are beautiful too. Actually anything from Yonka really.

Now onto other bits and pieces I make sure I always have in my bag when travelling.

Eye Drops
Being in an aircraft can make your eyes become very dry so I always have eye drops in my bag for this. I use these ones that I get in Boots called Blink. They are so good.
Packing cubes
I always thought these were a gimp until I actually used them. They are super handy for travelling and keep everything neat/tidy in your case. I get mine in Walmart in America but you can get them in Argos or TKMaxx here.
Obviously this is a no brainer but a charger has to be added to the list.

I also have two decent travel adaptors for plugs. So I have one American one that is just for North America and another that is a general one for everywhere else but also has connections to charger your phone. This I HIGHLY recommend if you travel a lot.


TRTL Pillow

I pulled this out on a trip recently and the rest of the crew couldn’t believe how cool it was. It’s the best thing ever!!!! A neck pillow like no other I say. The other ones hurt my neck but not this one. I talked about it when I got it on my stories but it’s scientifically proven neck support that holds your head upright in an ergonomic position to sleep. It’s smaller than a regular neck pillow and it’s easy to pack in your hand luggage.


Vitamin tabs
Phizz is a rehydration formula that contains vitamins & minerals in just one tablet. I take one during every long haul flight. It contains sodium & glucose to help your body’s energy, reduce tiredness & fatigue, support mental performance, combat muscle fatigue, recharge your electrolytes & maintain a healthy immune system.
Eye mask/Ear plugs/Headphones
This is something that people don’t really think about but I SWEAR BY. Having ear plugs and an eye mask is key to sleeping on a long flight. I wear the ear plugs AND noise cancelling headphones. I hear nothing and sleep like a baby.
Spare outfit/swimsuit/PJS (in carry on)
As we all know, bags can go missing so I always say to keep a spare outfit, underwear & swimwear in your carry on bag. This way if your bag goes missing you have a spare change of clothes and a swimsuit to go to the pool. We have to have a change incase of an unschedule overnight.
Battery Pack
This is the battery pack I have and it’s brilliant. I have it with me in my carry on all the time. I used to take it out and then I realised I kept forgetting it constantly so now it just stays in there and I use it as needed on trips and charge when I’m away.
Other random necessities include bobbins, clips, extra tights, work shirts/scarf etc. These wouldn’t be what the normal person would be taking along but as crew we need to have in our cases incase of any unscheduled overnight stays.

Travel kits are brilliant so never see them as a waste of money as you will DEFINITELY use them if you travel frequently or are cabin crew.

Love Aoibhe xxx



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