Traveling For Work: 5 Essential Items
Tomorrow I’ll leave for my third business trip to Asia in the past year. (I talked about it here, here and here.) As always, the trip will bring a mixture of incredible excitement and deep exhaustion. I’ll be in 4 cities in 10 days and I’ll spend approximately 27 hours actually on airplanes, much more than that including the time changes and waiting. All this to say: I need as much help as I can get to look good once on the ground! Below are a few of the items I always travel with. These are the travel all-stars and the best of the best that I use at home. What are your essential items when you are on the road?
1. Eminence Stone Crop Hydrating Mist – I keep this with me throughout my travels, decanting into a small spray bottle for the plane rides. It helps keep skin hydrated and balanced, a constant struggle when moving between artificial environments. Plus, it’s made from organic materials and smells great!
2. Oribe Gold Lust Hair Oil – hair can be tricky enough to style when you are at home with a full arsenal of products and tools. On the road things get even more difficult between changing climates and crunched schedules. Oribe products are fantastic overall, and this oil is one of my total favorites. I use it on my wet hair to speed the drying process and keep things smooth, but it’s also great on dry hair to tame frizz in the humidity or calm static in dry environments (Jenny and I used it constantly during NYFW – there was so much static due to the extreme dry/cold conditions!).
3. Cashmere Mist Deodorant/Antiperspirant by Donna Karan – I don’t travel with perfume as it leaves way too many opportunities for disaster (spilling in the suitcase being the #1 fear). It also just doesn’t fit with my on-the-go streamlined routine. This deodorant does the trick. It smells amazing and keeps me fresh without an additional step – and without any of the spilling fear! It costs a lot for a deodorant, but if you think of it more as a perfume alternative, it makes sense.
4. Shiseido Eye Mask Sheets – eyes are the window to the soul…and where exhaustion and aging happens first! These sheet masks do amazing things for jet-lagged eyes. I use them during long-haul flights (anything 3 hours +) and periodically during the trip to help rejuvenate the skin. They make all the difference as I try to fake looking alert for meetings! : )
5. Tory Burch Tunic – Tory’s tunics are just an amazing travel essential. They look polished, yet they are also incredibly comfortable and transition from more formal settings paired with trousers and heels to downtime sightseeing with leggings or jeans and sandals. It’s an investment piece that I’ve worn over and over, even when traveling with my senior management.