Do you remember the time when air travel was glamorous? I don't. The Pan Am era was long before my time, but I do remember the days when flying wasn't such an inconvenience ordeal. The days before the clear travel baggie.
I've packed and repacked my TSA-approved bag a couple of times, adding and removing items. I try to be well-prepared for long flights and make sure my face will not shrivel and die. I also try to not look scary when landing, especially when there are loved ones waiting there, hence various forms of intense moisturizers. I was quite amused a few months ago when Lisa Eldridge filmed her own in-flight routine. It was good to see that I'm not alone in primping and slathering on the plane. We even share a few favorite products (my hair cream is Phyto 9 while hers is the 7, and I'm taking Koh Gen Doh spa water instead of Bioderma, simply because I have in travel size bottles).
As for a quick pre-landing makeup, I keep it simple: a liquid concealer (Smashbox), mascara (whatever I have in sample size), Edward Bess Compact Rouge and lip gloss, both for a natural flush.
What's in your travel baggie?
For more travel packing see also my brush roll and makeup train case.
Images at the top: A Canadian Pacific Airlines stewardess, 1968, via myvintagevogue.com, and Ski pack, Vogue (1937), via Corbis.