Traveling is fun but it can also be taxing on your body, especially when your job requires you to be on a plane every other week—because let’s be honest, planes are breeding grounds for bacteria. So, how do you stay healthy and make your flight more enjoyable? In our new series, Pack This, Not That we ask regular jetsetters—from CEOs to entrepreneurs—to share the carry-on essentials they won’t board a plane without.
If you haven’t heard of Kristin Ess by now, then do yourself a favor and give our 2017 C&C 100 nominee a follow on IG. The celebrity hairdresser—she is responsible for the enviable locks of Lucy Hale and Lauren Conrad (no biggie!)—is busy building an empire with her self-titled haircare line available exclusively at Target (think luxury haircare for a drugstore price without compromising quality.) From the product design to the branding, Ess touches every aspect of the brand and she doesn’t miss a beat which is why new product launches have been known to sell-out in store.
When she’s not designing the next viral product, Ess is on the road coiffing her client’s tresses for events or editorial, all the while creating content—have you seen her tutorials?— for her hundreds of thousands of fans. Yes, you read that correctly. Since she’s constantly on the move—and in celebration of her new haircare travel minis—we decided to ask Ess to share the carry-on beauty essentials she never boards a plane without. Click on the product name to shop her picks. You’re welcome.
“It’s the perfect daily moisturizer that never feels oily underneath my make up.“
“It’s so moisturizing and hydrating. I slather it all over my face when I am in flight. “
“Texture spray is something I use (whether I heat style my hair or air-dry it) to get extra texture and volume.”
“I have combination skin and sometimes I get little dry patches. I use this mask to gently buff away any dry skin. I also love using it to exfoliate my décolletage and the back of my hands, which can get a little dry.”
“Because boob sweat on your shirt ain't cute.”
“But please don’t be that person filing your nails on the plane.”
“Because I need SPF for the window seat.”
“It’s the only natural deodorant I have ever found that actually works and trust me—I have searched far and wide.”
“We all need to do our part to cut back on single-use plastics.”
“I have very oily hair, so I need dry shampoo once a day to keep my fine hair from getting flat.”