If you think about it, there are three things about international travel that lead it to be a daunting task for globetrotters. It's not super comfortable, it's long, and it's not easy to maintain your look after hours being stuck in a small cabin with a bunch of strangers. These things are my go-to items for international travel.
Your passport | Do yourself a favor and triple check that you have your passport as it's impossible to travel to another country without it. Try dressing up your passport in a fun passport cover to make it easier to remember and to protect it from possible damage in your travels. I love this cute piñata design by Kate Spade (retail: $98)
Your carry on | My favorite kind of carry on serves multiple purposes and is easily transportable. I love cute duffle bags as much as the next person, but I don't love the neck pain. Instead, I opt for a functional but cute no-frills backpack. My favorite currently is Kanken. A little pricey ($80) , but wonderful quality, Kanken is perfect to take on the plane and later use as you are traversing your destination.
Your luggage tag | Especially when traveling internationally with several connections, it's important to clearly mark your luggage in the event that it gets lost. I love this adorable "Here Comes the Fun" tag from ban.do.
Sleep Mask | I'm not one to use sleep masks usually, but catching up to the time zone I'm traveling to is super important to me, so I don't miss a minute of the experience due to exhaustion! Sleeping on planes is hard for me so I rely on a sleep mask to block out any light in the cabin. I love this adorable Holly Golightly inspired one from Etsy ($14).
Dream Water | Because I have a hard time falling asleep, I always take a Dream Water with me. Dream Water's three main ingredients are Gaba, Melatonin, and 5-HTP. The Gaba blocks impulses in your nervous system to reduce anxiety. The melatonin helps regulate your sleep cycle, and the 5-htp stimulates the production of more melatonin and helps you to relax making it the perfect cocktail for sleep on a long flight. Bonus: They come in teensy sizes that are TSA approved.
Cozy Sweater | I get cold really easily and I hate lugging a blanket with me. Instead, I opt for a cozy sweater. I love bringing a long cocoon sweater because the extra fabric does a good job of pretending to be a blanket and keeping my full body warm. I like to go for a knit one so that it's also breathable.
Cleanser Wipes | Planes are a weird place. They're dry and cold but then somehow you still sweat. I like to bring wipes with me to clean my face after a long plane ride. My favorite are the simple drugstore Neutrogena wipes. They're both gentle and refreshing.
Moisturizer | After a long flight in the dry cabin, I like to moisturize my face and hands. I love Lush's moisturizers because they travel well and have simple, organic formulas that work well with my sensitive skin! I'd also check out the travel section in Sephora for other options.
Lipstick | My secret weapon to not looking like I've just been on an eight hour flight is lipstick. A red lipstick aficionado, that's my go-to, but try a coral or rose if you're more comfortable with an understated look. I find it makes you look more put together and brightens up your look.