Pack These 8 Items in Your Carry On for a Restful Flight
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Traveling can be complicated and stressful — there’s so much to prepare for and remember, with tickets, passports, and currency being top of mind. Not to mention all the other items that need to make it into your luggage. But the good news is, once you’ve made it through security and onto the plane, there’s nothing left to do but sit and wait until you reach your destination. Depending on where you’re traveling to, you have hours of uninterrupted time ahead of you, and these wellness essentials (all of which can be easily stored in a carry on) can help you make the most of it. If you want to master the art of relaxing on a flight, read on!

How to Relax on a Flight by Packing a Better Suitcase

Whether you’re seated in business or economy, you can find your zen by making sure you have these seven items within reach:

1. Rejuvenating Facial Wipes

Facial wipes are great for when you want to refresh your skin mid-flight — plus, they’re easy to use compared to bottled face wash and won’t get you held up at airport security. These Rejuvenating Rose Facial Wipes ($5) are made with 100% plant-based fibers and soothing ingredients like manuka honey, rose water, and avocado oil. Use them to remove makeup or to simply hydrate skin that has become parched from the dry plane air.

2. Calming Supplements

Anxious about flying? Our Calm & Focus supplements ($4) are made with a blend of stress-relieving herbs and botanicals, such as the adaptogen ashwagandha, that may help you relax. Take one before take off, and you’re guaranteed to have a more restful flight.

If you have a longer journey ahead of you and want to catch some ZZZs, try Melatonin tablets ($3). Melatonin is a naturally-occurring hormone that regulates your body’s sleep-wake cycle; taking a supplement may help you to gently nod off in environments that you might otherwise have trouble resting in.

3. Cozy Scarf

Big, cozy scarves can double as an in-flight blanket or pillow. Remember to spritz it with your favorite fragrance before leaving the house, so that you can enjoy the comforting scent of lavender or jasmine while you doze up in the clouds.

4. Satisfying Snacks

There’s nothing worse than a growling stomach or a sudden craving when you’re 35,000 feet in the air. If you don’t want to rely on airline offerings, pack a few of your favorite snacks in your carry on. If you’re a savory person, we suggest our Everything Pretzel Thins ($3) — they’re vegan, delicious, and are made without artificial flavors and colors (it’s like eating your favorite everything bagel in one convenient, crunchy bite). If you’ve got a sweet tooth, try packing some Organic Dried Mango ($6); this high-fiber snack is made without added sugar, making it a great alternative to candy and chocolate.

5. Chamomile Tea

Packing your own tea bags is a surefire way to make your trip more restful. Just ask for a cup of hot water and then steep your favorite, calming flavor. This Chamomile Tea ($3), blended with organic spearmint and lemongrass, is a great option because it’s caffeine-free. It’s the perfect way to unwind, and may even help you get some shuteye.

6. Reusable Water Bottle

It’s important to stay hydrated on a flight, but it’s easier said than done. Those tiny plastic cups just don’t do the trick, and no one wants to ask the flight attendant for a refill every 15 minutes. Pack an empty reusable water bottle in your carry on instead; after you’ve made it through airport security, you can find a tap and fill it up before boarding.

7. Depuffing Eye Gel

No matter how much you try to relax on a flight, chances are your eyelids will feel a little heavy. Our Depuffing Eye Gel ($11) can help fix this problem. This gel reduces puffiness, moisturizes dry skin, lightens dark circles, and smoothes out fine lines with beautiful ingredients like tea tree, caffeine, and aloe. Dab a little under your eyes and gently massage it in as the plane descends so that you feel revived by the time it touches down.

8. Handy Organizer

One of our biggest pieces of advice for how to relax on a flight is to keep your carry on organized. To avoid disturbing others on the flight (rummaging through a bag can be noisy and messy), use a Travel Organizer ($22) to keep everything you need for the flight within reach.


By strategically packing a few items in your carry on, you can turn a stressful flight into a restful flight. After all, it’s about the journey, not the destination. Our travel collection, designed with smart details and made with recycled materials, allows you to roam in style.


Photos: Brandless, Dan Gold  / Unsplash, Diego Cervo / Shutterstock

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