Frequent travelers have gotten packing down to a science, whether they're deciding what to wear or which beauty products to lug along. Some take the minimum, relying on hotels to furnish shampoo, conditioner, even fragrances and sunscreen. Others have devised highly evolved, personalized on-the-road regimens. 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 (big surprise) Revlon. "One beauty item I carry everywhere is Revlon's Super Lustrous lipstick because it adds color and protects against dryness"dehydration being one of the dangers of plane travel.
Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo, one of the first female commercial-airline
Tiburzi Caputo never takes off without a bottle of water, some eye makeup, lipstick, and moisturizer ("I pat it on every hour"). And she makes sure her hair is freshly shampooed but otherwise 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 and vitamin C to avoid catching any germs on the plane. I bring bananas and try not to eat anything else. I love the fact that no one can reach me when I'm on a flightit's very restorative."
Michelle McGann, golfer:
A most fashion-conscious professional athlete, McGann stuffs unruly tresses under one of her trademark hats: "I usually ship fifteen in a drum and 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: "I change them with every outfit."
Giselle Fernandez, Emmy Awardwinning television reporter, co-host
of 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 essentials are washcloths and several cans of hairspray, "to keep things neat even 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 boyhood home in the south of France. "I rub it onto my Souleiado foulard and it helps me breathe more easily on the plane." He also swears by anything from French aesthetician Anne Sémonin, whose products are used in the Colomb-designed spas in Paris's Bristol hotel and Germany's Brenner's Park-Hotel. Colomb soaks in a bath with Sémonin's seaweed bath gel: "I inhale the steam and it helps with jet lag." And whenever he and his wife, photographer Erica Lennard, visit India, he stocks up on transparent fitkari stones from a Jaipur barbershop, to stop the bleeding when he nicks himself 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 different products, 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 moister cream formulations. "And when I'm really stressed out I dissolve some salt 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 packs only the essentials. "I take a bottle of noncarbonated water on the planewater with bubbles gives me a stomachacheand a spray bottle to spritz my face every hour." She also totes her own decaffeinated Earl Grey tea bags and Lubriderm lotion, the latter her double-duty fix: "I use it 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 "a little sleeping pill and a glass of champagne," and then turns a cold shoulder to his seatmates. "I once suggested to the airlines that in addition to the nonsmoking section they should have a non-talking section"a boon for anyone whose regimen relies on getting enough beauty sleep.
Kathleen Beckett has contributed to Vogue, Elle, and the New York Times.