I’m not rich and I’m not famous, but, after 25 years of being a professional travel writer, I have a boatload of great travel tips, which I can happily share with you. These items take the “travail” out of travel. They include Oscillococcinum — the best-selling over-the-counter cough-cold-flu remedy in France (which you can purchase at your local drugstore). Sunsweet cherry-essence prunes. A silk pillowcase. And a great pair of eye shades.
Plus, PBfit fat-free powdered peanut butter. This divine little delicacy has saved my life so many times. Just add water, and you have instant PB — without any of the fat (and guilt). I make sandwiches with it, or eat it on crackers, or, when I’m at home, include it in smoothies for more protein. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve put it into a cup in my hotel bathroom, added some water, and made an instant snack (I always pack my own spoon.) It’s a power-packed treat — and especially good before I visit the hotel gym. There’s even PBfit version made with — OMG, chocolate! — so you can feel like you’re eating Nutella, but instead, your thighs will thank you.
That said, I am pretty much obsessed with what the rich and famous do to make themselves more comfortable when they travel. Much of this information I recorded in my book, The Globetrotter’s Get-Gorgeous Guide, which is the world’s first beauty book for traveling women. Men, don’t despair. Many of these great ideas are pertinent to you too.
One of my favorite tips came from Georgette Mosbacher, when she was CEO of Borghese. (She is currently the U. S. Ambassador to Poland). She told me that she constantly uses plastic bags to hold everything in her suitcase, and always travels with just one pair of custommade black-velvet Shipton and Heneage slippers made in London. She told me, “I have these custommade for me, with my initials in gold on the front. I literally wear them with everything, year-round…..they’re great with everything from jeans to a silk dress.” (The company also makes exquisite shoes and velvet slippers for men.) Also, Ms. Mosbacher always travels on planes with a baby comforter, and pillow, which she has had custom-covered in specialty linens of the finest Egyptian cotton. “Then I roll them up and put the in a canvas tote bag. People always ask me where I got them.”