Top 10 “Off-The-Radar” Travel Tips To Make Coach Feel Like First Class

| April 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

Top 10 “Off-The-Radar” Travel Tips To Make Coach Feel Like First Class. For some people, travel is a four-letter word.  But if you plan ahead – and go armed with my off-the-grid advice (culled from my 30 years of being a travel journalist) – you can make your bon voyage even better.


Top 10 “Off-The-Radar” Travel Tips To Make Coach Feel Like First Class

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OK –ready for take-off?

1).  Oscillococcinum. Take Oscillo the moment you feel headache, body aches, chills or fever. Oscillo reduces the duration and severity of flu symptoms and – get this – is an industry secret found on many Hollywood movie sets. That’s probably why A-list celebrities (Hello, Angelina!) always look so good.

2). Branche Silk Pillowcase. When I get to my hotel or cruise ship stateroom, my Branche 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 facial creases and wrinkles. You’ll say “sayonara” to the standard-issue cotton pillowcase! ( Honorable Mention: The Clarisonic Mia 2. (  Feeling jet-lagged – and worse, looking it – just won’t do at your destination.  But if you wash your face with the travel-sized Clarisonic, to cleanse and exfoliate, you get squeaky-clean results.  It’s your visa to a vivacious visage!  With your skin so super-clean, it is also better primed to absorb anti-aging lotions and cosmetic serums, for radiant results.

3). Ear plugs/eyeshades/blanket.  This is the Trifecta. The ear plugs drown out any noise (as will Bose noise-reducing headphones). The eyeshades let you sleep during daylight.  And a blanket keeps you warm when you’re at 35,000 feet.

4). Herban Essentials. These moist towelettes smell divine, because they’re fragranced with real essential oils.  Use them on the plane to disinfect your surroundings (including the tray table).  Use the lavender to tuck into your pillow at night, to induce sleep, or to relieve bug bites and remove makeup.  Use the lemon as an aftershave on your legs, to clean your computer keyboard, or as a pick-me-up after exercising.  I’m sold!

5). Filled RX for antibiotics. Before you go, get a filled prescription for antibiotics.  It can save your life on your trip, when the last thing you want to do is search for – and pay through the nose for —  a local doctor, when you get a sinus or stomach infection.  (Just remember to use caution when taking any antibiotics.)

6). Arnicare Gel.  After plane travel, I’m achy and stiff. Arnicare, made from the Latin daisy, is a safe, natural and reliable choice that is unscented and non-greasy, to relieve muscle pain and stiffness. (It’s also a “secret weapon” to minimize bruising and swelling after facial plastic surgery!)

7). Superb lowfat snacks. When I’m on the go, I always bring special snacks, so I never have to fall off the diet wagon.  These include Sunsweet cherry-essence dried plums, which at 20 calories per plum, are filled with antioxidants and put a tiger in my tank – especially before I go to the gym and need some fuel.  I also never leave on a trip without my breakfast of champions – puffed rice, raisins, and powdered milk, packed in a clear plastic bag.  Almonds, lowfat cheese, Figamajigs 150-calorie chocolate-covered fig bars (  and PB2 fat-free powdered peanut butter from Bell Plantation ( are also smart to stash in your TravelPro suitcase. And to keep your body bikini-friendly, it’s smart to take along pocket-size Mio water enhancers, so you can have delicious flavored water (instead of the fattening pina colada) at the pool!

8). Emergen-C. These potent packets of Vitamin C pack a punch and are also loved by celebrities.  Most packets have about 30 calories but there are also Lite versions that only have 5 calories per serving. A great antidote for the stress of travel.

9).  Anything from Venus Fashions.  I love to wear beautiful clothing at my destination.  Venus makes an incredible array of extremely affordable fashions and offers the best customer service in the business.  Women will find everything from lovely dresses, to dressy short shorts – all the rage now – to fantastic resort and cruise wear and sexy swimsuits in every style, size and color under the sun. And for a fabulous selection of high-end costume jewelry that won’t require the hotel safe, check out; I’m in love with the adorable stackable enamel rings with charms, which will dress up any travel outfit, just like that!

10). Products from Most airports won’t let you board with any liquids or gels that are larger than 3 fluid ounces.  The website offers a wealth of wonderful cosmetics from prestige brands in small sizes, which you can take on board with you.

Last but not least, there is just one more thing that you should always travel with: a sense of humor.  It doesn’t cost a thing, doesn’t weigh you down, and easily goes through Customs!

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