Lady Talks | Trench Coat Guide

Fashion, Fashion History, How to Wear

The trench coat has evolved so much from its utilitarian and functional beginnings. In this post, I’ll shed some light into the history of this timelessly elegant garment, how to style it, and what to look for when shopping for one.

It’s purposes are clear in the coat’s styling – waterproof fabrics (most typically cotton gabardine), storm flaps, straps and buckles make up the wardrobe staple. Traditionally, it is double-breasted and khaki coloured, with lengths varying from above the ankles, to just over the hips.



U.S. Army Officers wearing trench coats during World War II

Developed for use in trench warfare, the trench coat was made to endure its muddy, flooded and squalid environment. It was designed as a response to the need for a lighter, shorter and more flexible coat than the greatcoats worn in wars past, which were made of a thick woolen fabric and were as heavy as they were cumbersome.

The coat was invented to be practical, useful and to allow ease of movement whilst still being warm and weatherproof. The camel hue, which has since become its most traditional colour, arose as a form of camouflage (khaki means “soil” or “soil-coloured” in Hindi). It’s creation is disputed by Aquascutum and Burberry, and though it’s not clear to whom it can be attributed, Burberry has since become almost analogous to trench coats.

The garment’s military influence can be seen in elements of its styling, such as:

  • shoulder straps, to bear epaulettes or other rank indicators
  • strap, hook and eye or buttons on the collar, to offer extra weather protection and, in the event of a poison gas attack, to help keep gas masks airtight
  • straps around both sleeve cuffs, for weather protection
  • storm flap (the small cape covering the top rear of the jacket), allows water to drip off away from the body
  • large and deep pockets, to keep items from falling out

Many veterans kept their trench coats after the war, as it had become a fashionable item for both men and women. This popularity has endured the test of time, sustained by iconic characters of the silver screen, such as Humphrey Bogart’s Rick Blaine from Casablanca and Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s.


How to choose the perfect trench coat

The trench coat is not a difficult garment to style – picking a style that flatters your body type and properly fits you will ensure an elegant look. The classic and traditional medium length is nearly universally flattering, being ideal for petite or curvy women. Here are some tips on what to look out for if you are:

  • Short: Coats that fall above the knee will suit you best, as they help balance and elongate the silhouette. Avoid longer coats, as they can make you look shorter. Pairing it with some heels (especially pointy nude heels!) will also help in adding some height, as will wearing vertical stripes and a long necklace.
  • Tall: Though most lengths will probably look flattering, shorter coats might create an unbalanced silhouette. Wearing different colours at the top and bottom also helps break up the height.
  • Slender: Wearing structured clothes helps to highlight the waist, so a coat with a tapered waist and a bottom that widens is a favorable choice. Wider lapels and layered outfits will help in creating even more shape.
  • Curvy: Avoid wearing coats that end just around the hips – this might overly exaggerate your curves. A medium length will work better if you are petite, and a longer coat will work better if you’re taller.
  • Plus-size: Wearing a monochrome outfit will help the coat frame and flatter the body, as will wearing it unbuttoned.

How to Wear & Styling Tips

Blue jeans work beautifully with a classic camel trench coat – incorporate it into a monochromatic outfit with pointed nude heels and a long necklace to create an elongated silhouette. Paired with a shorter trenchcoat, this ensemble is ideal for petite women.

Trenchcoat #1

A trench coat can do wonders to dress up a basic and comfy outfit – it adds some effortless style and elegance to it, whilst retaining comfort. Horizontal stripes and different colours on the top & bottom break up the height, making this outfit ideal for taller women.

Trenchcoat #2

Though ideal for weather that’s not terribly cold, the trench coat can be worn comfortably in colder climates when layered over a sweater, cardigan, blazer or even a denim jacket. For layering, a knee-length coat works best. The tapered waist and layers will help create shape and volume.

Trenchcoat #3

The all-black outfit, helped by the V-neck, pointed heels and necklace; creates a longer and slimmer silhouette. To make this outfit even more flattering, wear the coat open – this will allow it to frame the body.

Trenchcoat #4
The trench coat provides great protection against the elements, as well as a touch of sophistication and style to any look. How do you like to style this staple?

Lady Talks | What is Haute Couture?

Fashion, Fashion History

“Fashion is made to become unfashionable.” – Coco Chanel

The world of fashion is dictated by constant change. Cultural icons from all around the world, including actors, musicians, designers and even royalty; are constantly influencing what people want to wear and look like. Though clothes are primarily meant to cover and protect our bodies, they can be very revealing; as style is a powerful means of self-expression, and a way of telling people a wordless story about ourselves. Despite the ever-changing nature of fashion, one of its ramifications has managed to stake itself as inherently prestigious and exclusive: haute couture.


Pierre Balmain, French designer extraordinaire, with actress Ruth Ford, in 1947

Haute couture (french for high sewing, or high dressmaking) originated in nineteenth-century Paris by the English Charles Frederick Worth, and remains to this day a paragon of craftsmanship and high fashion. Haute couture garments are hand crafted meticulously from start to finish by the most capable sewers, with high quality and expensive materials. They are also most often tailored specifically for the client’s taste and measurements, making every garment one of a kind. Since these garments require enormous amounts of time, skill and money to complete, its market is small, with an estimated 4000 clients worldwide. In the world of haute couture, budget is no limit.

The term haute couture is protected by law in France, and regulated by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture; which is charged with determining which fashion houses are eligible to be true haute couture houses. No brand, no matter how large or prestigious, can sidestep these rigorous rules established in 1945:

  • offer private clients personal fittings, for made-to-order designs
  • have an atelier in Paris that employs at least fifteen staff members full-time
  • have at least twenty full-time technical people, in at least one atelier
  • present a collection of at least fifty original designs to the public every fashion season (each January and July), consisting of both daytime and evening wear

John Galliano designs for Christian Dior Haute Couture

A common misconception about haute couture is that it only produces evening wear, though fashion houses are required to present daytime garments as well. While most haute couture houses are French, the idea that they exist only in France is another frequent misconception. Foreign houses can be eligible to qualify as correspondent, guest, and even official members – these include Valentino, Guo Pei, Armani, Elie Saab, Zuhair Murad and Yiqing Yin.

The prestige and quality of haute couture garments might not enough to help it survive through the 21st century. Despite there being a minority able and willing to pay for such garments, the more relaxed dressing of modern times presents a smaller viability for haute couture, which survives almost as a marketing tool and beacon of exclusivity. It is unable to provide the main income for a fashion house – instead, they rely on more reasonably priced prêt-à-porter (french for ready to wear), luxury accessories and perfumes as their main source of profit.


Guo Pei’s gown took 100 workers 5 months to embroider. Photo by Lydia Liu

Though reading about the history of haute couture is incredibly educational, it is only a part of the exquisite beauty and handiwork that is put into the garments. All minutiae are thought through and executed aiming perfection, with no expenses spared – be it time or money. The following videos, showing how haute couture garments are made by Chanel, Georges Hobeika and Elie Saab, have helped me glimpse into this incredibly exclusive market and better understand its extravagant price tags.

Needless to say, haute couture is a pearl of craftsmanship with so much to offer the worlds of art and fashion. Discovering the costumes it has produced is as mesmerizing as observing their development – I can only imagine donning such a work of art.

Lady Tips | Food for Healthy Hair

Beauty, Hair

You may have heard that beauty comes from within – and when it comes to hair, that’s most certainly true. I have recently written about tips & tricks to improve your hair’s health and appearance, and though those are wonderful tips I apply on a daily basis, eating a healthy and balanced diet is absolutely what made the most difference for me. Your hair can only be as healthy as you are, so I’ve put together a list of which foods and nutrients really help strengthen those tresses.



Biotin is a B-complex vitamin necessary to metabolize glucose, amino acids and fatty acids. It helps strengthen weak nails and hair, and also protect skin from fungal infections, acne and dryness; among other benefits. Common sources of biotin are eggs, almonds, cheese, yeast, avocado and whole grains.



Iron helps hair follicles to grow – low iron levels, known as anemia, can contribute to hair loss. Animal sources of iron, such as lean red meat, chicken and fish; are more easily absorbed by the body than vegetable sources, which are better absorbed when coupled with a source of vitamin-C (oranges, sweet potatoes, broccoli and blueberries). Vitamin-C not only boosts iron absorption in the body, it is also an antioxidant. Vegetable sources of iron include lentils, broccoli and leafy green vegetables.



Omega-3 fatty acids are acids our body needs for proper functioning, but cannot produce, making ingestion essential. Fatty acids contribute to hair growth and moisture, as well as a healthy scalp. A good source of fatty acids are fatty fish, such as salmon, herring, sardines and mackerel; and also flaxseeds, walnut, walnut oil and pumpkin seeds.



Protein is one of the building blocks of the human body, hair included, so ensuring that you’re getting enough in your diet is crucial. Chicken, fish and low or nonfat dairy products are excellent sources of lean protein – as are beans, lentils, legumes and nuts.



A mineral and trace element, Selenium is an antioxidant which aids in suppressing free radical damage, helping to prevent premature aging and weakened hair follicles. It is also found in large amounts in the thyroid gland, and so thought to help regulate hormones. Sources include Brazil nuts, walnuts, whole grains, beef liver, and certain types of fish.



Zinc is an essential mineral required to, among other things, proteins synthesis – that and its strengthening of hair follicles makes it crucial for healthy locks. It also helps boost the immune system, as does selenium. Foods high in zinc include oysters, spinach, pumpkin seeds, nuts, dark chocolate, mushrooms and beef.

In the end, having a healthy and diverse diet is key to making sure your body gets all that it needs to function properly, so make sure to get all of your 5 a day and enjoy yourself while you’re at it!

Lady Tips | Hair Care

Beauty, Hair

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had a love of long, silky and luscious hair – back then, it was just a matter of admiring women I saw on TV; but nowadays, I actually strive to get that gorgeous look, everyday.

To my joy, I discovered that it’s not really necessary to take frequent trips to the salon or spend a lot of money (or time) to do that. After reading recommendations from experts on improving both the health and appearance of hair, I’ve put together tips & tricks to better help you achieve and maintain the tresses of dreams.



The frequency of hair washing is widely disputed – some people claim that it is better to wash it everyday, whilst others claim that washing two to three times a week is best. So which one is really better?

It really boils down to hair type and personal habits. Straight hair calls for more frequent washing, since the oil wicks down faster; as does frequent exercising, because of the sweat. Curly or coloured hair call for less washing. There is no universal formula which will work for everyone – you should really experiment and play around to find what works best for you and your hair type.

Though there is no universally flattering formula, there is something universally harmful, and that is overwashing. Our natural oils, which condition and protect our locks, can be stripped away by it – this will dry the hair, and in time, create an excessive production of oil. The excess will lead to a need for more frequent washing, perpetuating a vicious cycle.

Using dry shampoo is a great way to help lower the regularity of washing. It will instantly refresh and add texture, whilst reducing the oil buildup and helping mainly the roots retain moisture. I really enjoy Batiste for their refreshing, hassle-free and affordable products.



There are shampoo love affairs which start out everything you could hope for – your tresses are drop-dead-gorgeous, bouncy and full of life, and it feels like nothing could ever go wrong – and then, suddenly, it happens: the shampoo’s effectiveness is gone. In its place remains limp, dull and flat hair; the remnants of a once happy affair.

So what’s up with that?

Shampoo’s byproducts, much like our natural oils, can build up in our scalps. By rotating shampoos and conditioners every 4-5 days, this buildup is removed, allowing our natural oils to reach the hair shafts and renew shine and softness.


Shampoo isn’t meant to be scrubbed into the ends of your locks – rather, it is supposed to be massaged into the scalp (which also encourages circulation and detoxifying), then rinsed down onto the ends. Conversely, conditioner should be applied on the ends, to avoid your roots from getting greasy too quickly. Removing excess moisture from the ends before applying conditioner also helps – that’s because when hair is soaking wet, it can’t really absorb anything else, so taking your time to squeeze out water with a towel (your hands will also do the job, just not as well) will really help in allowing the product to penetrate the hair shafts.


I use my fingers to gently detangle my mane, from the bottom up, with conditioner on. This helps in really massaging the product in and boosting its effectiveness; and also makes detangling after the shower much easier.



I’m not telling you to take cold showers, but the fact is that excessively hot water can dry and break off your hair. Cooler temperatures, on the other hand, can contribute to its strength and beauty – which leads me to…


At the very end of most showers (I skip this step in really cold days, or when I’m feeling lazy), I like to splash my hair with some really cold water. It not only helps seal in moisture, making it less frizz prone, but also increases shine. The only drawback of this step (other than the cold) is that since it does such a good job of smoothing your hair, it may cause finer hair to flatten out.


Brushing from the roots down can cause breakage – try, instead, to carefully detangle from the bottom upwards. Wet hair is weaker and more fragile, so brushing isn’t recommended, but if you must, using a wide toothed comb is preferable. It is also a good idea to regularly remove hair that gets stuck in your brushes, and clean them with lukewarm water and a little bit of shampoo.


Try gently pressing your locks with a towel, from the ends up, instead of mindlessly rubbing. The rubbing action can rough up the hair cuticle, leading to breakage and frizz.



Overheating hair causes it to become dry and brittle. Ideally, blow-drying should be done with a low temperature setting and the nozzle turned down. If you really need the heat, try to mitigate it with a heat protective product, such as this one from Kiehl’s, or this one from TreSemmé. Finishing with a blast of cold air will do the same as cold water in the shower, helping to seal in moisture and shine.

Pointing the nozzle straight down helps avoid the frizzy messes that tend to come with blowing hair out sideways. Moving your hair around whilst drying also helps in creating volume and bounce.


Coconut oil works wonders for me – my hair gets shinier, softer and stronger whenever and however I apply it. Sadly, it does not work as well for all hair types, with people reporting adverse effects such as hair loss.

Other natural oils that are highly recommended are jojoba, castor and argan oils. I really love using a couple of drops of argan oil to style the bottom 3/4 of my mane – it’s the fastest way I know of to defrizz and create a sleek, lustrous look.

These tips, as well as they have worked for me, have only been a part of how I achieved healthy locks. For the best possible results, I strongly recommend a healthy and balanced diet along with external hair care.

Lady Tips | Vegan Cosmetics

Beauty, Hair, Makeup, Skincare

What are vegan cosmetics?

According to vegan ideology, a vegan product should be free of animal products and animal testing, but since there is neither widespread knowledge of it, nor regulation, the term can be misused or misunderstood.

Vegan Action’s Certification, much like Vegan Society’s, is a trademark which is issued to some (but not yet all) products which are free of both animal products and testing. This helps in not having to examine ingredient lists for certified products, but keep in mind that not every vegan trademark will be certified cruelty free.
I have labelled cruelty free brands below and written a post about them, which you can find here.



skyn ICELAND (vegan, cruelty free)

Iceland is rich in natural resources, such as mineral rich waters, antioxidant berries and soothing algaes – many of them are used in skyn ICELAND’s products to soothe, stabilize and nourish skin. One of their main concerns is how stress affects our skins, and how to counteract these negative effects.

Nature’s Gate (vegan, cruelty free)

Skin, hair, oral and sun care – Nature’s Gate has it all. They have the largest selection of natural toothpaste flavours I have ever seen, including Anise and Cinnamon. The company is focused on Holistic Beauty and achieving beauty from the inside out, with a clean and healthy lifestyle.



Cover FX (vegan, cruelty free)

Specialized in foundation, Cover FX products are free of what they call “inflamatory 5” – parabens, fragrance, gluten, mineral oil and talc. Their wide range of over 40 shades is meant to provide a precise match for all ethnicities and undertones, and all products are formulated to be safe for very sensitive skin.

Kat Von D (vegan in transition, cruelty free)

Kat Von D makeup is famous for its even pigmentation and for being budge-proof – it is a high-end, all-rounder and cruelty free brand which carries many vegan products. Kat has stated that she and her brand are working to reformulate the entire line to be vegan.

100% Pure (mostly vegan, cruelty free)

No synthetic chemicals, preservatives, artificial coloring or fragrances are added to 100% Pure products – they are coloured with fruit and vegetable pigments, and preserved by vitamins and antioxidants. Some products contain beeswax or honey, but all of their vegan products are labelled clearly on their website. The brand carries skin, body and hair care; but their makeup really caught my eye – especially the Gemmed Luminizers (in shades Rose Gold and Moonstone Glow), coloured with fruit pigments and light reflecting gemstones.


Makeup Accessories

Beauty Blender (vegan, cruelty free)

The Beauty Blender’s popularity is entirely justified. It promises and delivers perfect application of base products, though some beauty gurus use it to apply powder as well.

EcoTools (vegan, cruelty free)

EcoTools has a wide range of eco-friendly brushes (hair and makeup) made with renewable bamboo and recycled materials. They also carry facial sponges, both for makeup and skincare; maintaining affordability and quality throughout.

Real Techniques (vegan, cruelty free)

Brushes and sponges by Real Techniques are not only vegan and affordable, they’re also very high quality – a recommended first splurge for people who are just getting into makeup.



KL Polish (vegan, cruelty free)

KL Polish is the beauty YouTuber KathleenLights’s nail polish brand. I can’t get over how gorgeous and chic the shades are, and on top of that, they’re all vegan and 5-free (free of potentially allergenic chemical ingredients commonly used in nail polish).


Arctic Fox (vegan, cruelty free)

Get bright and colorful tresses without any animal products, drying alcohols, and harsh or allergenic chemicals. Some people have even used Arctic Fox dyes on their pets, though the company recommends consulting with your vet before doing so. They also donate 15% of profit to animal welfare organizations.

Avalon Organics (vegan, cruelty free)

The company’s concern with using pure, organic plant-based ingredients walks hand in hand with their sustainability – their products are biodegradable, free of harsh chemicals, and synthetic fragrances or colours.

Morrocco Method (vegan, cruelty free)

With shampoos, conditioners, hair brushes, henna hair dye and even pet care available, Morrocco Method is not only a great option for people looking for vegan hair care, but their products are also soy-free, chemical-free, gluten-free and raw.

I’m not vegan myself, but I think it’s never a bad idea to choose a product you know was crafted free of animal suffering. Putting this list together surprised my pleasantly, as I found the niche expanding, and hope for it to continue to do so.

Lady Tips | Cruelty Free Cosmetics

Beauty, Makeup, Skincare

In order for a product to be considered cruelty free, no animal testing should occur during production – that includes even using ingredients that have been tested by a third-party.

In some places of the world, animal testing is required by law, either requiring that the final product (such as in China); or that certain ingredients (such as in the US) are to be tested to comply with legislation. These products are not considered cruelty free.

Cruelty free products are not necessarily vegan – they can be exempt of animal testing and still contain animal products; such as carmine, beeswax, honey, gelatin, lanolin, etc.

I have labelled vegan brands below and written a post about them, which you can find here.



Aesop (cruelty free, vegan)

This has to be one of my favourite skincare brands of all time. The quirky and utilitarian packaging adds to the sense of understated elegance of their products, which I have come to really enjoy. I’ve been using their Amazing Face Cleanser along with the B & Tea Balancing Toner – both are refreshing, balancing and gentle. I tend to neglect exfoliation, so I don’t use their Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste as often as I should – it gets the job done, softening and deep cleansing my skin, whilst remaining gentle. The Facial Hydrating Serum is also a marvellous face moisturizer, with a very lightweight and mattifying effect.

Alaska Glacial Mud Co. (cruelty free, not vegan)

I love clay masks for their detoxifying, pore-minimizing and firming properties. Alaska Glacial Mud Co.’s masks are produced with hand-harvested glacial mud, with biodegradable, natural and certified organic ingredients. Their products are also free of synthetic fragrances, color fillers, and other chemicals (such as parabens and phthalates). All of their products are cruelty free and allergy tested, but some of them do contain animal products, and therefore are not vegan.

The Body Shop (cruelty free, not vegan, parent company not cruelty free)

The Body Shop is concerned with ethical trading: enriching, not exploring, products, ecosystems and local communities; as well as restoring rainforests and protect endangered animals. As for their products, the tea tree oil line is lovely, especially the mattifying toner. Their vegan products are listed here.

KORRES (cruelty free, not vegan)

A greek skincare and cosmetics brand which focuses on natural, organic ingredients. The brand’s packaging successfully captures the clean, gentle and natural vibe I get when using their products, especially the Wild Rose line.

LUSH (cruelty free, not vegan)

Lush is a 100% vegetarian (though they have plenty of vegan products, the brand itself is not 100% vegan) brand focused on fighting animal testing and hand making their products with as little preservatives as possible. Their Tea Tree Water is one of my favourite facial mists: soothing, refreshing and mattifying; and its gorgeous scent lifts my spirits as much as the product revitalizes my skin.



Anastasia Beverly Hills (cruelty free, not vegan)

Especially famous for their brow products, the makeup brand best known as Anastasia is not vegan, though it does have some vegan products, listed here.

Charlotte Tilbury (cruelty free, not vegan)

Charlotte Tilbury, a highly respected makeup artist, is as dazzling as her luxurious makeup products. It came as a very welcome surprise to learn that not only is her brand cruelty free, many of her products are also vegan.

Bite Beauty (cruelty free, not vegan, parent company not cruelty free)

As a brand specialized in lipstick made with all natural food-grade ingredients only, Bite Beauty’s name makes perfect sense. Some of their products contain Carmine, which is not vegan.

NARS (cruelty free, not vegan, parent company not cruelty free)

I don’t need to do a lot of thinking to name a few makeup staples by NARS: the Radiant Creamy Concealer, their ever famous Blush in Orgasm, and their Audacious Lipstick, especially its bolder shades – which makes it so surprising that one of its most popular shades is Anita, a beautiful and light pinky nude.

Tarte (cruelty free, not vegan)

I have to confess to never having worn any Tarte makeup, but I believe the Tartelette and Shape Tape Concealer’s popularity speak for their own. Though they’re not 100% vegan, their vegan friendly product range is abundant.

Urban Decay (cruelty free, not vegan, parent company not cruelty free)

Urban Decay is probably most famous for their Naked palettes – but truth be told, whenever I think of Urban Decay and eye makeup, I think of the gorgeous Solstice. Both their All Nighter Setting Spray and Eyeshadow Primer Potion are also amazingly well received products. Their vegan range can be found here.


Makeup Accessories

Real Techniques (cruelty free, vegan)

Samantha Chapman and Nicola Haste are the sisters behind Real Techniques and Pixiwoo (a YouTube channel I’d recommend to anyone who enjoys makeup tutorials). Their brushes and sponges are not only vegan and affordable, they’re also very high quality.

Beauty Blender (cruelty free, vegan)

The Beauty Blender is incredibly popular and well known – and for good reason. It promises and delivers perfect application of primer, foundation and concealer; giving a natural, dewy finish to base products (some beauty gurus even use it to apply powder!).



Diptyque (cruelty free, not vegan)

I really enjoy lighting candles, especially scented ones – and though Diptyque candles are the ultimate in luxury and decadence, that’s not all they have to offer. With both personal and home fragrances, and face and body care available; their products never fail to entrance with their elegance (plus, the packaging is just so lush).

Le Labo (cruelty free, vegan, parent company not cruelty free)

Their fragrances are cruelty free, 100% vegan, and free of parabens and preservatives. I really love the utilitarian packaging, it just makes me feel like I’m tinkering with something really special – and when it comes to Le Labo’s fragrances, you can be sure that you are.

Fortunately, the full cruelty free cosmetics and skincare brands list is much more extensive, covering even hair dye and nail polish – that list, which is updated frequently, can be found here.

Whether you’re an animal lover, or just concerned with doing what’s best for them and the environment; whether you’re a makeup artist or just looking for good everyday makeup – finding high-quality cruelty free cosmetics has become a wonderfully easy task.

I hope this list was helpful. Happy shopping!

Lady Travels | Carry-on Essentials


I’ve been an avid traveller for as long as I can remember. Discovering a new place, a new language, a new culture – it can be quite daunting, but you can count on it being equally fascinating and thrilling.

My least favourite part of the travelling experience has to be flying. The long hours, which typically come with travelling to international destinations, can not only bore you out of your mind, but also have some undesirable effects on your body – such as bloating, swollen feet and dryness.

I felt it was about time that I tried to combat these effects as best as I could, and so I put together a carry-on essentials list to not only make flying more comfortable and help pass the time, but also to get organized for the trip.


Large Tote Bag: A great way to carry everything you need without sacrificing style. I like bags which have both hand and crossbody straps, such as this one from Madewell.

Cellphone & Charger: Portable chargers are a very practical way of making sure your battery won’t run out on you. This one from Mophie can charge smartphones, tablets and other USB devices, and its two USB ports enable you to charge multiple devices at the same time.

Wallet, Cash & Cards: When travelling, I enjoy keeping all my essential documents in a single wallet or case. This clutch is designed to do just that; including storage space for passport, ID and credit cards. This wallet, which is slimmer and more compacted, will also store your boarding pass, whilst remaining compact and easy to store.

Passport & ID: I’d highly recommend taking a photocopy of your passport and having both a physical and digital copy of it. If you then find yourself in the undesirable situation of losing your passport abroad, you’ll hasten the process of getting a new passport by having all your information available.


Socks: When you stay seated for a long period of time, blood will collect in your legs and feet – extending your legs, contracting your calves and rotating your ankles will help blood circulate. Compression socks will also help in preventing foot swelling, and of course a pair of cozy, warm socks is also a lovely option.

Scarf or Pashmina: I like to fold one and fit it snugly to the bottom of my bag – it can not only double as a pillow or eye-mask during the flight, but also keep you warm; in or out of the plane.

Spare underwear: There’s always the chance that something might happen to your luggage, so carrying spare underwear is a good idea.

Sunglasses: Nothing better than a pair of stylish sunnies to cover up the undereye bags or dark circles one can get after a red-eye.

Kindle: As much as I love everything about reading from a physical copy of a book, sparing yourself of the weight can be advantageous. This one is compact and light, with longer than average battery duration.


Noise cancelling headphones: Watching movies is a great way to pass the time in flights – and of course being able to hear the movie is very important (and somewhat difficult in a noisy aircraft). The Bose QuietComfort 35 is regarded as one of the best available.

Eye mask & Earplugs: These can be really helpful in getting in some proper rest.

Hair brush: My hair can turn into a static, frizzy mess in airplanes, so having a brush with me to tame it is essential.

Travel Toothbrush kit: Enough said.

Moisturizer: Our skin loses moisture in airplanes, so I like to take some hand cream and my favourite moisturizing gel with me – but most importantly, drinking plenty of water will moisturize you naturally.

Face mist: I love thermal water to keep myself refreshed. It’s loaded with minerals, and great for soothing and moisturizing skin.

Lip balm: Lips can get chapped due to the dry air, so keep them moisturized with a good lip balm.


Face wipes: Whether it be to wipe off makeup before you go to sleep, or to use instead of having to wash your face in an airplane bathroom, these make quick work of cleansing your skin.

Dry shampoo: Many beauty gurus swear by Batiste; which helps refresh hair, hassle-free.

Makeup: On flights, I tend to wear no makeup at all; but I do think that a couple lashings of a good mascara can really lift your look and make you more awake. As for skin, a low coverage, multitasking product such as a BB Cream or tinted sunscreen is what I would go to.

Snacks: Nuts, preferably raw and unsalted, will help your body detox. Almonds are my favourite – not only are they filling and nutritionally dense, they are also loaded with antioxidants.

Neck Rest: A neck rest might help avoid pain and discomfort.

Journal & Pen: Having pen and paper available can be very helpful, especially when filling in landing cards. Even though fountain pens aren’t typically recommended on airplanes, I’ve never had accidents with my LAMY.

I’ve put together a printable checklist of all the items included in this list to better help organization. I hope both my list and checklist have been helpful!



What else do you like to take with you on flights?