I’m on the road this week. Five days of long drives, convenience store candy, and Hilton Garden Inns. Not exactly the five-star business travel that I imagined in my youth, but as long as the bed is comfortable, the room is clean, and the shower is warm, I’ll be happy. But even on a frugal business budget, you can make your travel beauty routine a bit more luxurious.
One. Under-Eye Gels. Traveling for business is exhausting, but you don’t want to look exhausted when meeting new colleagues or customers. These Wander Beauty Gold Foil Eye Masks hydrate and soothe to bring down puffiness and reduce darkness. The serum on these is great, because I don’t need to pack eye cream when I travel.
For a better buy, try these collagen-infused gold eye masks from Amazon. They’re $11 for 30 packs, and they work like a dream. They’re so soothing at the end of a long day. Plus they’re not a liquid or gel, so they don’t count towards TSA-imposed limit.
Two. A Travel Humidifier. Some of you are thinking, “Essential? A humidifier? Really?” Yes, really. Most hotels have terrible air; those under-window units are the bane of my existence. But take this Crane Travel Humidifier with you and you don’t need to worry about having dry, sallow skin. This one’s cool because the internal unit can be used separately from the cup if you’re trying to conserve suitcase space.
Also, that dry air is really hard on my voice, so a travel humidifier saves me from sounding like a whiny Kathleen Turner by trip’s end. The last thing you need if you’re meeting important people or giving a speech is to lose your voice.
Three. Dry Shampoo. Overslept? Running late? You don’t have time for fresh hair, you need a great dry shampoo and an updo. I travel with this IGK Dry Shampoo instead of my usual Pssst because it’s invisible (no white residue), and because it hydrates. My hair gets so coarse when I travel, I need all the hydration that I can get. Plus, it’s one of the few that comes in a truly travel-size 1.25 ounce can.
Four. Bar Soap. When I travel, I switch to bar soap to get around the 3-0unce rule. The only decent facial bar soap on the planet is made by Drunk Elephant. They make two different bars: Pekee bar, which is gentle and balancing, and Juju, which mildly exfoliates and brightens. Together, they tackle all of your travel skin woes in a small package.
Need a cheaper option? I used to pack African black soap (great for skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, etc.) when I traveled. It’s gentle but powerful and you can break the bar into small pieces and just pack what you need.
Five. Heat-Protect Spray. At a conference, I usually end up styling and re-styling my hair for different evening events. This puts a lot of heat-induced strain on my ends. This Moroccan Oil Protect Spray prevents heat damage and moisturizes. And if I don’t have time to wash, I can pump a little into my hands and just run it through my ends to prevent dry, flyaway hair.
Six. Bath Salts. I know this sounds like an odd packing choice, but between the car, the new bed, and sitting in bad chairs, my body aches by the end of the travel day. And one thing that most 3-star business hotels have is a bath tub/shower combo.
These Herbivore Calm bath salts really soothe aches and pains. They also help you relax and decompress before bed. You can also sprinkle a few into the tub just to soak your feet if you’ve been on them all day.
So what do you ladies pack for business travel to make it more bearable? Any great tips for the group?