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Travel Secrets of Road Warriors

Regardless of how you travel—train, plane, automobile, pack mule—looking and feeling your best is a serious challenge. Which is why we’re in awe of anyone who can arrive at their destination without a bad case of bedhead and puffy eyes. We tapped three world-class globe-trotters for their favorite travel products, tips for beating jet lag, and on-the-go food picks.

Jen Murphy, Deputy Editor at Afar magazine


Time-zone triage: Yoga, particularly headstands, helps jet lag, I swear.

Food rule #1: If you have to eat on the plane, always pick the vegetarian option.

Go-to beauty products: I love Liz Earle's Overnight Travel Kit. It has everything I need for a weekend away. I'm obsessed with Tata Harper's Replenishing Nutrient Complex and Rejuvenating Serum. They’re lifesavers for anyone who flies often or people who spend a lot of time in the mountains.

In-flight essential: I wear circulation socks, the type that runners usually wear, under my jeans to help with circulation on long haul flights.

Rena Thiagarajan, Founder, Project Bly

2 Travel uniform: I’m currently coveting Ace & Jig’s blue cotton pants from the Spring/Summer 2013 collection. I always pack a pair of Bensimon sneakers—they're great for long days of walking and I can wear them with a dress.

Go-to beauty products: When I'm on the road, I’m religious about moisturizing, sunscreen, and washing my face, especially at night. I use Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet, and Clinique sunscreen.

I usually leave my Clarisonic Mia at home and take a travel-size Kate Somerville Exfolikate with me instead. Last year I discovered Estee Lauder's BB cream, and I use that instead of foundation.

On-the-go hair: I get a keratin treatment twice a year and I take travel-size bottles of keratin shampoo with me on the road. If I'm having a bad hair day, which tends to happen when it's hot, dusty, and humid, I just put it up in a ponytail. I never take a hairdryer or curling iron with me.

Crystal Meers, Fathom Creative Director

3 On-the-go eats: I thought I had outgrown most just-add-water snacks until I found Vigilant Eats Oat-Based Cereal. Tasty, filling, and way healthier than a bag of in-flight freebie potato chips, Coconut Maple Vanilla is my new grab-and-go.

Go-to beauty products: I was skeptical of the Earth Tu Face Voyage! Travel Kit, which only has three products, but I liked the pared-down regimen so much that I've adopted it even when I'm at home.

Beautycounter’s Anytime Eye Cream is supersoothing for eyes that have been focused on the road or squinting at a tiny seatback TV for hours. And no matter how bedraggled you might feel, a good lipstick—like Ilia Beauty 99 Red Balloons Lipstick Crayon—will help you pull it together. Keeping it together is a whole other story.

Welcome-home indulgence: One thing that makes flying a bit easier is knowing that I have a session with Anna Rahe on the books when I get home to LA. Her deep tissue massages are not exactly what I would call relaxing, but there's nothing more restorative.

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