WE'RE all too aware of stingy airlines and their mean luggage restrictions. But sometimes you have to bite the bullet and put your case in the hold.
And there is a real upside to it, because it gives you the freedom to carry all sorts of things in your handbag, now that you no longer have to worry about how to fit a week's worth of shoes, strappy dresses and your toothbrush into one tiny carry-on case.
So there's every possibility that you will emerge from your journey looking and feeling calm, cool and collected. That's how the celebs manage, you know. Here are some treats that should definitely be included in your in-flight kit.
Dermalogica Travel Kit, €31
You may love travelling, but chances are your skin doesn't quite feel the same way. Air-conditioning brings out the worst in your complexion. Thankfully this set has just about everything you need to keep your skin in tip-top condition. It includes mini versions of their cleanser, multi-active toner, moisturiser, climate control lip treatment, plus sachets of Precleanse and a face masque. Available in several types including sensitised, normal/dry and normal/oily.
Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm, €22.50
I fell asleep on a long-haul flight once and woke up to discover that my lips had cracked thanks to the dry, recycled cabin air. Ever since, I've kept my pout in perfect condition thanks to a little TLC with this nourishing balm.
H2O Oasis Mist, €19 (available from Marks & Spencer, Mary St, Dublin)
In the battle against the effects of low humidity on board (think skin tightening and drying out), this is your most potent weapon. This refreshing water-based mist is full of a hydrating mix of sea fennel, sea lettuce and wakame as well as vitamins A, C and E. Spritz it regularly on thirsty skin. On holiday, use it to set make-up and/or as a toner.
L'Occitane Verbana Fresh Roll-On, €20
Even a short plane ride can rub the polish off even the most groomed traveller. Stay fresh and fabulous by applying this to your pulse points. The zingy fragrance with its top notes of orange and lemon will keep you feeling refreshed and invigorated. Limited edition.
Holistic Silk Lavender Eye Mask, €53.31 (main image)
You may have arrived on the red eye but you don't have to look it, thanks to this soothing lavender-filled mask, which completely blocks out light. Made from silk and velvet, this luxurious sleep-enhancing machine is perfect for high-fliers.
Quash hand sanitizer, €2.31 (available from independent pharmacies)
Packed with 100pc natural ingredients, this contains anti-bacterial Manuka honey, white willow bark to soothe hands and aloe vera to keep them soft and moisturised.
This Works In Transit First Aid Kit, €21
If you thrive in a crisis, you'll love this. And if you don't, you need this! Packed with antiseptic petitgrain and soothing rosewood, this natural remedy comes in a rollerball form and works its magic on minor emergencies, such as spots, itches, bites and blemishes.