Editor’s note: Debbi Kickham is the author of The Globetrotter’s Get-Gorgeous Guide: Diet and Beauty Secrets of Travel and Beauty Pros, Traveling Executives and Celebrity Travelers (www.GorgeousGlobetrotter.com)
For some women, travel is a four-letter word. But for brides who plan ahead—and go armed with insider advice—it’s possible to look and feel first-class fabulous, even if you travel in coach. Ready for take-off? Stash these 10 essentials in your carry-on.
1). Branche silk pillowcase and eye shades. When I get to my hotel, my pink silk pillowcase immediately goes over the bed pillow. Why? Because silk is softer on your skin and hair than cotton, and doesn’t cause creases and wrinkles. And the silk eye shades are oh-so-soft.
2). Oscillococcinum. Take Oscillo the moment you feel headache, body aches, chills, or fever. It reduces the duration and severity of flu symptoms and—get this—is a favorite of the film crowd; you’re almost certain to find it on a Hollywood movie set.
3). Herban Essentials. These towelettes smell divine, because they’re fragranced with real essential oils. Use them on the plane to disinfect your surroundings (tray table!). Tuck the lavender wipes into your pillow at night to induce sleep, or to relieve bug bites and remove makeup. Try the lemon as an aftershave on your legs, to clean your computer keyboard, or as a pick-me-up after exercising.
4). Arnicare Gel. After plane travel, I’m achy and stiff. Arnicare, made from the Latin daisy, is a safe, natural and reliable choice that really helps relieve muscle pain.
5). A filled RX for antibiotics. Before you go, ask your doctor for an antibiotics prescription. Don’t take it needlessly, but if you come down with a bug it can be a lifesaver; the last thing you want to do is search for a local doctor.
6). Quality lowfat snacks. I always travel with special snacks so I never fall off the diet wagon. These include Sunsweet cherry-essence dried prunes, which at 20 calories per plum, are filled with antioxidants and potassium, and put a tiger in my tank—especially when I need to fuel-up for the gym. I also never leave on a trip without my breakfast of champions: puffed rice, raisins, and powdered nonfat milk, packed in a clear plastic bag. Almonds, lowfat cheese, and PB2 fat-free powdered peanut butter from Bell Plantation are also healthy choices (and more slimming options than the hotel minibar).
7). Emergen-C. These potent packets of Vitamin C pack a healthy punch and are also loved by Tinseltown A-listers. Most packets have about 30 calories but if you’re seriously watching calories there are also Lite versions that have 5 calories per serving.
8). Travel-sized Clarisonic Mia 2. Feeling jet-lagged–and worse, looking it–just won’t do at a destination wedding. I start my beauty recovery by cleansing and exfoliating with the Clarisonic cleansing system (there’s a travel size). You’ve never felt so squeaky-clean, and your skin is primed to absorb anti-aging lotions and cosmetic serums for radiant, magazine-cover results.
9). Products from www.3floz.com which focuses more on prestige brands, and www.minimus.biz which is aimed at a broader range of consumers. Most airports won’t let you board with any liquids or gels that are larger than 3 fluid ounces. The websites offer a wealth of cosmetics and goodies from in small sizes, which you can take on board.
10). Last, here’s one more thing that brides should always travel with: a sense of humor. Because anywhere you travel, a smile is your most powerful beauty treatment. —By Debbi K. Kickham