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How to pack your carry on to fly “first class"

How to pack your carry on to fly “first class"

By Kocoon’s co -founder, Maika Endo

Packing my carry-on bag for a long flight is the start of my journey whenever I travel. I have perfected this art to a point where to me, flying has become a wonderful pampering experience and something I look forward to. Indeed, who can bother you once you reached the sky? Make the best out of this solitary time, to recharge your batteries!

What to pack:

Getting cosy to write:

I would start the first couple hours of the flight by relaxing into my seat with warm and cosy accessories, imagining myself in front of a fire place. I would ask the stewardess to fill my thermos with hot water and steep a relaxing herbal tea. Reserve that time of the flight where you still have energy to be productive, to let your mind wander, write plans, mind map, or simply journal. 

1) Wool & angora socks to feel like a happy baby and because it’s always too cold in the flight 

2) Cashmere slippers to feel at home and keep your toes warm

3) Cashmere hoodie so you can tuck your head in when it’s time to sleep without being disturbed 

 4) A small thermos & a selection of herbal tea bags: I would bring Verbena as an after meal digestive, Camomile for sleep, and tulsi leaves and rose petals tea for spa time.

 5) A nice pen & a beautiful notebook: I believe that if you admire your notebook you are encouraged to write! I only write with fountain pens!

Sit back and learn “passively":

A day before, I will prepare my music and podcasts library. Some music for writing, for spa and meditation time. In terms of interesting podcasts, I like to listen to Tropical MBA, a podcasts for location independent business entrepreneurs. 

1) Earphones and smartphone

2) A nice bag for all electronics (computer, phone, cables etc…) to make the processing through customs easier and faster 

Preparing your in-flight spa and sleeping time:

After brushing your teeth, turn on your spa music, make yourself the Tulsi tea and make yourself comfortable for your spa experience. Clean your hands and face with an aloe vera wipe, moisten your face with the mist, apply generously some lip balm, and your face mask for about 20 minutes. Finish off by applying some face moisturizer. Put on your earplugs and cover your eyes with the herbal eye pillow. Optionally, put on your hoodie as a “do not disturb” sign. 

1) Toothbrush with built-in toothpaste


2) Aloe Vera Hand & Face wipes (at Watsons)

3) Face mist: You may find the travel size at Watsons. I like to sprinkle my face every couple hours, to refresh myself (At Watsons)

4) Moisturizing lip-balm to protect your lips (Kocoon’s lip-balm is 100% natural with peppermint essential oils and Shea butter)

5) Face mask sheet for a moisturizing and cooling effect (at Watsons)

6) Sample size face moisturizer (Kocoon’s Elemental Herbology free samples with your facial treatment)

7) “Steam Eye mask” 

8) or“Herbal Eye Pillow” with Lavender

9) Ear plugs

Who can bother you once you reached the sky? Make the best out of this solitary time, to recharge your batteries!


Feel free to share with us, what other items you would include, and we will be happy to send you a Kocoon surprise gift!

About Maika...

Maika Endo, is a Japanese-French wellness entrepreneur. After several years in marketing and public relations, Maika felt pulled toward a deeper calling. 
After attending a series of international spa market research programs, including a Spa Management course in Toronto, Shiatsu training in Tokyo, and an aromatherapy course in Paris, she founded Kocoon, Beijing’s first holistic spa, with her mother. Kocoon represented a unique combination of East Asian healing arts, Thai hospitality, and European elegance. In 2013, Maika brought Thai Yoga Massage to Beijing by teaching Thai Yoga Massage courses and offering treatments herself. She has continued to leverage her entrepreneurial experience in the wellness arts by offering consultation in spa set up and management and advice to talented wellness practitioners on how to effectively establish and market their services.

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