As many prepare to travel for Christmas, you need to ensure you have all of the essentials.

Of course, this includes your passport, wallet, phone and travel documents, but there are a few other items you should pack in your carry-on when you travel this season.

From keeping your comfort in mind to practical items that will make your flight easier, here’s some of the Emirates Woman editors’ must-have items when travelling.

Small Essential Cosmetic Case, Dhs311, Aspinal of London

There is nothing worse than being in the middle seat and having to ask to leave your seat to go the bathroom or access your hand luggage. Packing a cosmetics bag to hold all your carry-on with all the essentials you may need mid-flight is an essential in itself. Simply pop it in the seat pouch in front of you for easy access to your belongings. This leather Aspinal of London case is a sophisticated choice and is big enough to fit all your flight must-haves.

The Quickie Wipe – 20 Count, Dhs100, KETISH

If you’re not flying first class then a shower when travelling is hard to come by and feeling fresh is a much-needed luxury. Ketish was founded by  Emaan Abbass and embraces feminine wellness. Emaan has curated wipes that are dedicated to refreshing the skin on your most precious parts or wherever may need it. Acting as a mini-body wash, these biodegradable wipes are ideal for a quick refresh in the aeroplane bathroom.

Marvis Toiletries Kit, Dhs86.82, Marvis available at

Fresh breath is an essential anywhere, not just on a flight. This Marvis kit includes a mini toothbrush and a whitening mint toothpaste that is vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, phthalate-free, fluoride-free and paraben-free.

Pack of three ribbed-cashmere bed socks, Dhs423, Johnstons of Elgin available at MATCHESFASHION

Johnstons of Elgin

As you hit a high altitude the temperature drops and more often than not we tend to travel in thin cotton socks or with no socks at all; resulting in cold feet. Packing a pair of socks, preferably in a dark colour, is an essential to being comfortable on a flight. These Johnstons of Elgin cashmere socks are lightweight but are sure to keep your toes warm.

Baume De Rose Hand Cream, Dhs135.65, By Terry available at

Our bodies suffer more than we realise when flying as it’s subjected to altitude and is often left dehydrated despite how much water we drink so its important we nourish it from the outside too, enter By Terry’s Baume de Rose Hand Cream. The formula was originally created for the brands cult-favourite the Baume de Rose lip balm (potentially add that to your essentials list too) and has been adapted into various skincare products. This adaptation is sure to leave hands silky-smooth, hydrated and with a subtle Rose de Mai smell.

Sleep Mask, Dhs206, SLIP available at Apotheca Beauty

SLIP sleep mask

Trying to sleep can be difficult at the best of times, on a flight, however, it can seem impossible. This Slip Sleep Mask is sure to help drifting off easier.

Silk Face Covering, Dhs158, SLIP available at Apotheca Beauty

COVID-19 regulations are increasing again and wearing face masks on flights is an essential requirement. Bringing a spare mask is also advisable, allowing your skin a refresh and avoiding having to use the surgical ones provided. This mulberry silk mask by Slip is delicate on the skin with a cotton lining for extra protection.

Maskne Protection Biocellulose Mask Box Dhs250 111SKIN available at

Wearing a face mask for extended periods of time can wreak havoc on your skin, that combined with the effects of flying can leave skin dehydrated, with blemishes and overall looking dull. If you’re not quite brave enough to opt for a full face mask in public (if you are, we recommend the Charlotte Tilbury Dry Sheet Mask) then it’s best to opt for a half mask that can be hidden under your protective face mask. The 111SKIN Maskne Protection is infused with an anti-blemish formula of soothing Aloe Vera, brightening Vitamin C and antioxidant-rich Vitamin E.

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