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American actors Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jeane Mortenson) and David Wayne (Wayne James McMeekan) sitting in an airplane in the film How to Marry a Millionaire. USA, 1953 (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
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In preparation for a far-flung vacation, you've successfully packed your Dopp kit with enough products to stick to your daily hair, makeup, and skin-care regimens upon arrival. Congrats! But it doesn't end there. Your carry-on requires equal preparation to survive the long flight—and layover—ahead. If not, you just might find yourself reaching for a beauty essential, only to recall that you've stowed your entire vanity in your checked baggage. Not quite sure of the beauty perils to expect during a long flight? Read on for some instances and the products to pack to overcome them.

Koh Gen Do Cleansing Water Cloth
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Problem: Your seatmate is sleeping, and you want to freshen up.

The Fix: Koh Gen Do Cleansing Water Cloth

If your itinerary has you boarding an overnight flight, you'll likely want to wipe away any remnants of makeup before catching some zs. Alas, the downside of having a window seat. No worries, toss a pack of moist towelettes into your purse so that you can cleanse your skin at your leisure—without having to climb over your neighbors to get to the restroom. Besides, cleansing with these soft, gentle cloths drenched in hot spring water and a blend of lavender, rosemary, and sage extracts beats having to splash some water on your face in the plane's crammed bathroom quarters any day. $39

La Mer Genaissance de La Mer
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Problem: Your skin is dehydrated.

Between the high altitude and dry air blowing through the plane's overhead fan, you're bound to suffer from tight, dry skin. But allowing a hydrating serum to tag along could prevent these side effects. Give your skin the royal treatment with just a few drops of La Mer's latest formula enriched with 24-karat gold and crystalized Miracle Broth (the brand's signature blend of sea kelp and other natural ingredients). Whether you're sitting in first-class or coach, you'll feel like royalty. $620

The Organic Pharmacy Beauty Drops
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Problem: The complimentary ice water isn't quenching your thirst.

Fix: The Organic Pharmacy Beauty Drops

Stay hydrated from the inside out with an ingestible skin care product that promises the lit-from-within glow that you're after. A little leery about guzzling your beauty products? Use the Beauty Drops as a booster by adding a few droplets of the formula to your go-to serum or cream to up its efficacy. Ginseng, gotu kola, and bilberry will transform your skin-care staple into a supercharged skin savior. Oh, and don't be afraid to ask your flight attendants for seconds (or thirds!) on those water bottles. $99

Caudalíe Paris Eau de Beauté Beauty Elixir
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Problem: You're feeling groggy after your airborne nap.

Fix: Caudalíe Paris Eau de Beauté Beauty Elixir

Waking up after a long nap only to discover that you've still got several hours before landing can be a downer, but one spritz of a refreshing water mist will awaken your senses and lift your spirits. Skin-softening agents like rose oil will offer a calming effect while the invigorating aroma of peppermint and rosemary oils is sure to recharge you for the last leg of the flight. $18

elizabeth arden lipstick and blush
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Problem: The dry air is chapping your lips.

Fix: Elizabeth Arden Eight-Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick Sheer Tint Sunscreen SPF 15 in Blush

This hydrating balm serves three purposes: to moisturize (castor seed, corn, and vegetable oils do the trick), to protect (titanium dioxide helps shield your lips from harsh UV rays—from your window seat to your sunny destination), and to offer a natural flush of color for the perfect pick-me-up. $21

Hand Chemistry Triple-Function Hyaluronic-Rich Hydrator
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Problem: Your mani is losing its luster.

Extend your in-flight skin care regimen to your hands to keep them smooth and your cuticles groomed. Hyaluronic acid, mango butter, Brazilian acai, and Incha Inchi oil work together to provide and retain moisture in a major way. $9

Sachajuan Intensive Hair Oil
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Problem: Your hair is feeling dry.

Just as a long flight can zap the moisture out of your skin, it can take a toll on your hair too. While you're watching that foreign flick, coat your ends in this antioxidant-rich oil to keep your hair healthy. $50

Morihata Binchotan Charcoal Eye Mask
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Problem: The cabin pressure is triggering a blinding headache.

Fix: Morihata Binchotan Charcoal Eye Mask

Jet lag is enough to deal with after a long flight. Don't let a migraine (or under-eye puffiness and discoloration) impede on your trip as well. Instead, wrap up in an eye mask infused with activated charcoal to ease tension and promote blood circulation. $23