We all have our different preferences of things we like to throw in our carry on bags from books to scarves and everything in between. There are, however, a few personal products that I always make sure to include (note: all in travel sizes). I try to stay away from the very strongly scented items because while I may think it smells fabulous, the dude behind me in 12C may be thinking otherwise. I know if someone whipped out some lavender spray I may be running to the lavatory.
1. DISINFECTANT SPRAY/WIPES
No, I'm not one of those OCD people who take out their anti-bacterial hand wipes and wipe down the seat back tray, the arm rests, and the seat belt when I first get on a plane (although I see your point, folks), but it is a good idea to carry something of the sort with you. Not just for planes, but for hotel rooms and rental cars. Things are just not always up to your own personal cleanliness standard.
2. A NON-OILY LOTION
The air in planes can definitely dry you out, but you also don't want a thick goopy lotion that is going to leave you feeling even more oily than you sometimes do after being on a plane for a while. My favorite is this light lotion from Bliss. Confession: I hoarded a bunch of these during a stay at the W Barcelona. Sorry, housekeeping!
3. KIEHL'S UNDER EYE DE-PUFFER
I don't know if it's just me getting older or if life's stress is manifesting itself as delightful little puffy bags on my face, but I will not go a day without this magical product. I was introduced to it by someone who swore by it and told me not to feel put off by the fact that it's in the men's section. I bought it without shame and I've been hooked ever since. Prior to landing or before heading out for a day of sightseeing I swipe this cooling stick under my eyes and I can almost watch the dark circles and bags disappear. Tip: keep it in the fridge for extra cooling and more of an impact!
4. REFRESHING BEAUTY SPRAY
I am notorious for going to Target for toilet paper and coming home with a whole new wardrobe and a swan shaped pool float. You know, the necessities in life. This Beauty Counter Nourishing Rosewater Mist was something I picked up on one such run thanks to a particularly attractive display at the end of an aisle. Damn you, Target! This, however, is not something I regret buying (for the record, I do not regret the swan shaped pool float either). Spray a little on your face when you need a pick me up or if you're trying to wake yourself up after dozing off on the plane and you'll feel re-energized and combat the aforementioned dryness of airplane air.
5. ROLL ON PERFUME
Travel is not glamorous. Sometimes it gets a little gross. Long days in the car or lingering airplane funk and hours before you can shower can really put a damper on how you feel. I keep roll on perfume with me at all times for a little boost. I like light and airy scents like Kate Spade's Walk on Air. If you're applying in a confined space like a train or plane, wait until moments before you're exiting. I wait until we are in final descent or wheels downs before applying to spare the dude in 12C the agony.