You’ve heard it before: “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.” While we’re not entirely on board with that idea – how could a cramped airplane ever beat seeing a majestic mountain range? – we do believe the journey can be greatly improved with a few key additions. Here are our don’t-leave-home-without products destined to elevate your en-route experience to a luxurious new level.
Monogrammed Passport Holder
First things first: you need this puppy to even get on the plane. When you’re traveling, passports are like purses; they go wherever you go. Unfortunately, you don’t get to choose the color scheme. Hence why we love these stylish leather passport companions from Smythson. Monogram that cover with your initials and choose whatever hue tickles your fancy. Rose quartz? We’re on it.
Effortlessly Chic Knapsack
Think backpacks are for teenagers? Nope! Convenient and chic, backpacks have been taking over the runway in recent years. This chic grey version from Stella McCartney epitomizes effortless airport style. There’s a handy magnetic snap patch at the front, perfect for storing your iPhone and boarding pass, and plenty of room so you can toss your iPad, magazines and plane snacks in the rest.
Nourishing Lip Balm
Have you ever emerged from a long flight and had the urge to bathe in a tub of moisturizer? Us too. The dryness on planes effects our skin, hair, and especially our lips. Luckily, we’ve found the perfect cure: The Balm by Zelens. It’s rich in Vitamin E and 12 other active ingredients like Japanese mint. Added bonus? This stuff will be come the perfect travel companion no matter where you travel – from nourishing your lips after a day on the slopes to dabbing on before a day at the beach.
Cozy Cashmere Socks
Staying warm on the plane is next to impossible, and to fix this, we recommend starting at the root of the problem: your feet. We found an easy solution with these cashmere socks from J. Crew. They have a hint of stretch and that baby-bottom softness, plus they are available in playful colors to add a dash of fun to your airport look. Besides, if you’re the type to de-shoe on the plane… your neighbor won’t hate you.
Merino Wool Scarf
It’s the go-to material for ski-bunnies, and the moment you invest in merino wool for yourself you’ll understand why. An oversized scarf is another way to battle the capricious plane temperature, plus you’ll feel as though you’re wrapped in your duvet – invaluable for overnight flights. This soft grey scarf from Rag & Bone goes with everything, and we’d choose getting cozy with this over a plane blanket any day.
Silky Smooth Mask
Whether you’re taking the red eye from New York to Paris or jet-setting to the Caribbean at the crack of dawn, there’s no better method for arriving refreshed than getting a little shut eye. This mask from Holistic Silk is the perfect companion to whisk you into dream land. It’s made from 100% cotton velvet, and scented with pure dried lavender; under there, you might as well be at the spa. When you wake up from you’re slumber, you’ll feel refreshed, relaxed, and ready to begin your adventure.
Headphones have come a long way since the Styrofoam earbuds stemming from your Discman. If you’re a music lover — or you’d just like to listen to your spa playlist to go with your lavender eye mask — these Final Sonorous X headphones will have audio-buffs head’s turning. They’re handmade in Japan, and decked out with 24k gold and stainless steel, plus the ear cups are pillowy and they’re incredibly light. The sound is clear and vivid, plus it blocks out any peripheral noise too.
Sure, you have a suitcase for yourself – but what about your Veuve Clicquot? That’s right: luggage for your bubbly. Grab this must-have item at the duty free before you get to your gate, and it will be there waiting for you as soon as you land; there’s no better way to celebrate the beginning of vacation. Oh! And you’ll have an extra piece of luggage to carry all your goodies back home. Two birds, one bottle.
Ready to jet set? How does Paris sound?