So what's in your carry-on?

Kathleen Beckett
April 10, 2009

Frequent travelers have gotten packing down to a science, whether they'redeciding what to wear or which beauty products to lug along. Some take theminimum, relying on hotels to furnish shampoo, conditioner, even fragrancesand sunscreen. Others have devised highly evolved, personalized on-the-roadregimens. We gathered tips from both camps.

Halle Berry, actress and Revlon spokesperson:
On location, Berry is religious about skin care: "I focus on cleansing,exfoliating, and moisturizing." She always packs products from (bigsurprise) Revlon. "One beauty item I carry everywhere is Revlon's SuperLustrous lipstick because it adds color and protects against dryness"dehydrationbeing one of the dangers of plane travel.

Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo, one of the first female commercial-airlinepilots:
Tiburzi Caputo never takes off without a bottleof water, some eye makeup, lipstick, and moisturizer ("I pat it onevery hour"). And she makes sure her hair is freshly shampooed butotherwise untreated. Gels and mousses, she notes, are not only drying because of their alcohol content, but "they can leave your hair looking like a bird's nest."

Zang Toi, fashion designer:
When he flies to his native Malaysia twice a year, this New Yorker says,"I like to flush myself with Evian water and pop echinacea root andvitamin C to avoid catching any germs on the plane. I bring bananas andtry not to eat anything else. I love the fact that no one can reach me whenI'm on a flightit's very restorative."

Michelle McGann, golfer:
A most fashion-conscious professional athlete, McGann stuffs unruly tressesunder one of her trademark hats: "I usually ship fifteen in a drumand carry a hatbox with five more on the plane." And that's not all.She also carries her favorite shampoo and conditioner (Matrix Biolage),and finds room for 20 lipsticks and five bottles of nail polish: "Ichange them with every outfit."

Giselle Fernandez, Emmy Awardwinning television reporter, co-hostof Access Hollywood:
"You have to be streamlined and know what works," says Fernandez,who has covered hot spots from Sarajevo to Somalia. For her, the essentialsare washcloths and several cans of hairspray, "to keep things neateven in desert storms."

Denis Colomb, interior designer:
With houses in Paris and New York, and work that takes him around the world,Colomb travels constantly, and always with lavender oil from his boyhoodhome in the south of France. "I rub it onto my Souleiado foulard andit helps me breathe more easily on the plane." He also swears by anythingfrom French aesthetician Anne Sémonin, whose products are used inthe Colomb-designed spas in Paris's Bristol hotel and Germany's Brenner'sPark-Hotel. Colomb soaks in a bath with Sémonin's seaweed bath gel:"I inhale the steam and it helps with jet lag." And whenever heand his wife, photographer Erica Lennard, visit India, he stocks up on transparentfitkari stones from a Jaipur barbershop, to stop the bleeding when he nickshimself shaving.

Cathy Cash-Spellman, former Bloomingdale's and Revlon executive,author of The Playground of the Gods:
A big fan of cosmetics and creams, Cash-Spellman travels with a dozen differentproducts, mostly from La Prairie. Her trick to keeping the weight down:"I save the gift-with-purchase-size bottles and refill them."She leaves powder eye shadows and blushes behind, however, in favor of moistercream formulations. "And when I'm really stressed out I dissolve somesalt and baking soda in a bath and soak for twenty minutes."

Bonnie Pfeifer, founding director of DISHES, a pediatric AIDS charity:
Pfeifer's work entails countless television appearances, for which she packsonly the essentials. "I take a bottle of noncarbonated water on theplanewater with bubbles gives me a stomachacheand a spray bottle to spritzmy face every hour." She also totes her own decaffeinated Earl Greytea bags and Lubriderm lotion, the latter her double-duty fix: "I useit as both a body moisturizer and a makeup remover."

Jean-Luc Negre, president, Baccarat crystal:
When he flies between his New York and Paris offices, Negre takes "alittle sleeping pill and a glass of champagne," and then turns a coldshoulder to his seatmates. "I once suggested to the airlines that inaddition to the nonsmoking section they should have a non-talking section"aboon for anyone whose regimen relies on getting enough beauty sleep.

Kathleen Beckett has contributed to Vogue, Elle, and the New York Times.

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