10 Ways to Travel like a Jet-Setter
10 Ways to Travel like a Jet-Setter
Turn to Towelettes
- Save space (and avoid potential leaks) by packing wipes infused with sunscreen, facial cleanser, and hand sanitizer. N.Y.C. dermatologist Francesca Fusco prefers individual packets, which are less likely than bigger sizes to dry out.
- LA Fresh, Eco-Beauty Trial & Travel Pack, $10/18; soap.com.
Forget the Sweats
Stylist Cher Coulter recommends layering breathable basics—cotton T-shirts, light wool sweaters—over tight, stretchy jeans, which maintain their shape after hours of sitting. Finish with a drapey scarf, which can double as a blanket, and slip-on ankle boots. "Wear a shoe that needs a sock," she says. "There's nothing worse than going barefoot through security."
Downsize Your Must-Haves
- At home, decant a favorite shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, and night cream into clear, travel-size empties. Then go to 3floz.com for mini versions of products you can't transfer, like hairspray.
- Bobbi Brown, Empties, $10; bobbibrowncosmetics.com.
Pack with Pouches
We all want to travel light, but not if it means sacrificing our wardrobe choices. Zip-up packing cubes ($8–$30; eaglecreek.com) come in a variety of sizes and keep clothes wrinkle-free and neatly compressed. (They even have separate compartments for laundry.)
Don't Fade Out
"The color always drains from my face when I fly," says L.A. makeup artist Jillian Dempsey, who says to carry concealer and a cheek stain for in-flight touch-ups. Even better? Invest in a travel-friendly palette, such as Benefit Cabana Glama ($36; benefitcosmetics.com), which contains small sizes of cult favorites like Hoola bronzer and Posie tint.
Toss Hair to the Side
Even the most voluminous waves fall flat on transatlantic flights, and buns don't make it easy to lean back and sleep. So hairstylist Enzo Angileri suggests you try a low side pony, like the one he created for Charlize Theron. "It's beautiful," he says, "and simple enough to redo without a mirror."
Block out crying babies and chatty seatmates with noise-canceling headphones and a relaxing aural meditation, like one from Jeffrey Thompson, founder of the Center for Neuroacoustic Research in Carlsbad, Calif. (available on iTunes). "The specific pulses of sound activate calming theta brain waves," he says.
Beats, Studio Colors in pink, $300; at Best Buy.
Theta Meditation System 2.0, $12;
- "High altitudes are super-drying," says Jillian Dempsey, who advises you spritz skin with a hydrating mist a couple of times during the flight. We love Jurlique's—one whiff of the soothing rose scent and you'll barely notice the turbulence.
- Jurlique, Rose Moisture Plus Rosewater Balancing Mist, $22/1.7 fl. oz.; jurlique.com.
"It's tricky to eat healthy when you're traveling," says Dr. Alejandro Junger, founder of the Clean Program (Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan of this cleanse). Pack good-for-you treats like hot-air popcorn, nuts, and fruit. And don't forget to stash a few under-200-calorie health bars in your luggage for when you arrive (we like Gnu bars—they're delicious and loaded with fiber).
Smart Planet EC-34 Large 3-Compartment Eco Silicone Collapsible lunch box in blue, $15;
Order Some Tasty Apps
Let your iPhone be your guide with cool travel apps: Jetsetter provides daily discounts at top hotels, Camera+ transforms snaps into pro-worthy photos, and Wikitude offers tidbits about points of interest around you (all you need to do is take a pic; you can then share what you learned with your social networks).