Recently I found myself migrating down to Miami with much of the rest of NYC for Art Basel weekend—a trip that's busy and packed with people from the minute you park yourself on a sold out flight—middle seat, row 315 to be exact. You're definitely going to want all the usual suspects for those in-air hours (see: face wipes, sanitizer of some sort, comfy socks) but there are also a few less-expected items that can turn an economy experience around. Mine are below—leave yours in the comments.
Elizabeth & James Nirvana Black Dry Shampoo, Travel Size : We've sung its praises before. Acts like a texturizing spray for fine hair, and will absorb all greasiness from any hair that's got some. If you don't need either of those qualities, it also acts as a darn good fragrance. Spray (before boarding, if that's your thing, because it lasts) and then just wait for your seatmate to ask you about your perfume. “Oh this? Just my dry shampoo.”
Plyknits Merino Pants : Looks like a pant, feels and fits like a legging, with the addition of kicky slits in back. The whole deal strikes middle ground between gym apparel and business wear—creating something that'll improve your overall quality of life while traveling. Athleisure never loses.
Stella McCartney Asymmetric Scarf : Wearing a scarf with some structure, like this sweater-cowl/neck-scarf hybrid, is infinitely cozier than any rectangular piece of cloth has ever been, I don't even care if it's cashmere. Its structure holds you closer, but there's also the practicality of it: Wear any T-shirt or tank underneath and immediately look more pulled together around the neckline. And if you're going somewhere warm, you can easily take it off upon arrival. Get down with your clime-appropriate self.
Axel Agiato Sneakers : Welcome a clean and comfortable shoe into your life while all else is slightly chaotic—oh my God did I remember to pack my headphones? But back to the sneaker—serene pink and tan tones aside, the sole has a bit of height, making it more comfortable for when you're on your feet.
Tata Harper Beautifying Face Oil : Dryness is to be expected when you're waaaay up (I feel blessed) and potentially sitting underneath a tiny stream of stale air (turn that thing off). Masks or heavy moisturizers are great options for dealing with thirsty skin, but lately I've been really into oils. Rub all over, brows included, and add some to the ends of your hair. Put your hair up in a ponytail while it all sinks in; this Tata Harper one doesn't take too long to do so, and if you can get your hands on the mini travel size version, it comes in a convenient rollerball. Then find your headphones, and call it a day. Or a flight.
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