Passport, check. Boarding pass, check… a bottle of travel-size moisturizer, check.

Yes, you heard right. If you want to start flying the right way, moisturizer has to be on your list of things to take with you on your next plane trip. Let’s find out why.

Doctors Orders

Doctors recommend that we start taking moisturizer with us when we fly. Most of us pack a pot in our luggage, but experts suggest bringing a travel-sized moisturizing lotion on board the plane. Obviously, it’s not enough just to take it. We have to apply it throughout the flight.

Flying has a nasty way of drying out our skin. While drinking water before a flight will help with this, it’s not enough to protect our skin from the in-flight atmosphere. You might not realize it, but cabins boast exceptionally low humidity, anywhere between 10-20%. This can trigger our skin to crack, causing both irritation and discomfort. Always opt for a moisturizer containing SPF. UV exposure dramatically increases when you’re high above the clouds, so prepare for this and protect yourself.

It Doesn’t Break The Bank

Good news! A travel-sized moisturizer doesn’t cost the earth. You can get one of these for as little as $3. They’re available in virtually any drug store.

The best option is a tiny bottle of Cetaphil moisturizing cream. At the time of writing this post, a two-ounce Cetaphil moisturizer cost $2.99 at Target.

Is There Anything Else I Can Do To Protect My Skin?

Put simply, yes. You can use something as basic as Vaseline to cover areas prone to dryness. For example, your elbows and knuckles.

These tend to be problem areas for a lot of us! We hope this travel hack helps you out. Next time you fly, give it a try. Trust us, you’ll be glad you did!