Carry-on Essentials: In-Flight Travel Beauty Essentials

flat lay of beauty products arranged in a makeup bag

Find out what beauty, makeup, and toiletry products I keep in my personal item (under seat bag) while flying. These are my carry-on beauty essentials while traveling.

One of the few things that gets me through a flight with my sanity in tact is my in-flight beauty routine. I am by no means high maintenance, or even particularly picky about beauty products. But over the years, I’ve come to really appreciate having a handful of beauty essentials while flying.

I’m typically a carry-on only packer, so actually, my entire toiletry kit needs to fit in my carry-on suitcase. My Liquid-Free Toiletry Kit has really helped with that to make packing easy! But I also like to keep a separate bag of products in my personal item that I can easily grab during my flight.

These carry-on beauty essentials are my go-to products for staying fresh, clean, and hydrated in transit. I pack some basic hygiene stuff, a bit of makeup to help me look relatively decent after a long flight, and a few simple things that just make me FEEL better.

Here are the beauty and toiletry products I keep in my personal item.


Travel Beauty Essentials for Flying


I like having a good range of travel beauty products in my personal bag when I’m flying. On shorter flights, I probably won’t include everything on this list. But on long-haul flights, I end up using all of this stuff at some point.

1. Lip Balm

Lip balm is not just a travel beauty essential; it’s an everyday life essential. I have this in all my bags, purses, and backpacks ready to go. A NECESSITY. I’ve been using the Carmex Lip Balm since high school, and I like the E.L.F. tinted lip balm for a bit of color.

2. Makeup

I don’t bring a lot of makeup in my personal item, just 4-5 items. Check below to see what exactly I bring. It’s just enough to do a quick natural makeup look.

3. Face Wipes

These always come in handy when flying. Whether I’m taking my makeup off, or just trying to refresh mid-flight, these are a necessity! I love Ursa Major’s face wipes (and their other skincare products).

4. Hand Cream

I hate getting cracked/dry hands while flying. I keep a small bottle of hand lotion with me at all times.

5. Facial Mist

I just love face mists. Such an easy way to freshen up and add some moisture in flight. My go-to is the Mario Badescu Aloe & Cucumber Spray.

flat lay of beauty products arranged in a makeup bag

flat lay of beauty products arranged in a makeup bag

6. Deodorant

Deodorant is a must-have for freshening up in-flight. Sometimes I’ll take a travel-size gel deodorant, but I really like using deodorant wipes on flights. They’re really easy to pack and use.

7. Toothbrush/Toothpaste

If I have a short flight, I might not pack this in my personal bag, but I prefer having my toothbrush and toothpaste in an easy to access place. You never know when you might want to brush your teeth, either mid-flight (especially on long-haul flights), or just after you arrive.

I’ve switched to an electric toothbrush at home, but I still like having these bamboo toothbrushes on hand for traveling.

8. Hand Sanitizer

Think of all the things you end up touching while making your way through the airport and onto the plane…you need hand sanitizer! This can help to prevent those annoying colds that often happen after flying.

9. Hair Ties

I throw as many rubber bands/hair ties in my bag as I can. I want to be able to pull my hair back and out of my way, so I need these on hand at any moment.

10. Face Moisturizer

A small bottle of face moisturizer is such a nice thing to have while flying. After taking my makeup off or freshening up, it just feels really nice to moisturize my skin. Recently I’ve switched to this Hydrating Moisture Stick from Burt’s Bees. So easy to use on a plane!

11. Eye Cream

A bit of eye cream during your flight will really help get rid of any dryness or puffiness!

My absolute MUST-HAVE carry-on beauty essentials (the things I ALWAYS pack for flights no matter what), are deodorant, hand sanitizer, lip balm, and face wipes.

flat lay of beauty products arranged in a makeup bag


What’s in My Carry-On Makeup Bag


My carry-on makeup bag is really simple. I carry lots of other beauty products, but I like to keep my makeup to a minimum. I take just the essentials in my personal bag, only the things I need to freshen up mid-flight or before I leave the airport.

Travel Makeup:

These are my go-to travel makeup essentials for a fresh face right off the plane. I usually take a few other items (like a BB cream or tinted moisturizer), but I pack those in my suitcase. I love Stowaway Cosmetics for travel-friendly makeup that fits perfectly into a carry-on.

Best Carry-On Makeup Bags

The pineapple bag pictured is THIS ONE from Pura Vida. Here are some other (more simple) carry-on makeup bag suggestions!

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Shop My Carry-on Beauty Essentials

Here are some of my favorite products to pack with me for a flight!

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Other Carry-on Essentials

Besides makeup and beauty products, I have some other important items that always go in my carry-on/personal item bag. I like to keep my laptop, chargers, Kindle, snacks, and a few other things with me while flying.

I wrote a full blog posts about my other carry-on essentials and how I pack my personal item bag.

And if you’re looking for the perfect laptop bag for flying, here’s a review of my favorite backpack. It’s stylish, practical, and the perfect size to store under the seat.


flat lay of beauty products arranged in a makeup bag

I’d love to hear what beauty products you love to take with you on flights!

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By Courtney Minor

Wandering around and writing about it.

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