Travel Therapy

shutterstock_212521252-featureIf you travel often, there are certain products that might be considered vital to an ideal in-flight experience. Whether those items are creams and gels that you can’t leave home without or cozy clothing and accessories that bring optimum comfort to a trip, it is important to feel confident and content throughout your journey. And now that winter is here, everything from your skin care regimen to your overall health will be affected, so you’ll need to fit some must-have essentials into your bag. Expert travelers—like Karen Schaler, the Emmy Award-winning creator and host of the “Travel Therapy” TV show—know how to pare down to the bare necessities.

“I always wear an extra-hydrating, rich moisturizer to keep my skin fresh and create a barrier to help keep germs out,” Schaler explains. “I also carry wet wipes to wipe the area around where I’m sitting on a flight and then make a conscious effort to try and not touch my face with my hands.”

Schaler, who has visited more than 65 countries, will be releasing her own line of Travel Therapy products in early 2017, featuring all of her trip essentials. “My carefully curated Travel Therapy line will include everything from luxury lotions, bath wash, soaps, shampoos and conditioners, to special skin care serums and moisturizers, to travel accessories and apparel,” Schaler says, meaning that her collection is a one-stop shop for anyone jetting off to lands unknown.

Another necessity? According to Schaler, a pair of headphones. “I recommend never flying without a quality pair of noise-canceling headsets,” Schaler says. “This way, no matter what’s happening … you can tune out all the noise and relax.”

Here, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite indispensable in-flight items. From a cashmere pillow to a sophisticated briefcase, bring these luxe goods with you to ensure an optimum experience in the air. From take off to landing and beyond, you’ll be in top form no matter where you travel this winter season.

  • Don’t let the altitude aggravate your skin care routine. Revitalize your skin and body with the Rescue Me Travel Kit featuring Kerstin Florian essentials, which include a cleansing gel, correcting creme, body peel and more, $60, at all Spa Montage boutiques.

  • Get in a zone while waiting to board your flight with the Beats X Fendi Pro Headphone. These noise reduction headphones come with superior sound quality, a custom Fendi Selleria leather case, rotating earcups, padded headband and a RemoteTalk cable, which enables you to receive calls and monitor music, $1,200, at

  • Store your goods in the Stephanie Johnson Martha Large Briefcase in Tanzania gray. It comes with a wraparound zip closure, three removable compartments and an easy-to-clean plastic interior lining, $95, at all Spa Montage boutiques.

  • Keep every strand of hair in place with Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Purse Spray, an antioxidant-rich invisible spray that will fit into your carry-on. It mends damaged tresses while nourishing follicles, absorbing oils and aiding against the breakdown of keratin, $22, at

  • Take the ever-popular Oceanmoon Ii Currawong by Bausele Australia with you wherever you go. The timepiece, which comes with two interchangeable bands (leather and rubber), is also waterproof, scratchproof and has a tidal function so you’ll know when to go for a swim once the plane has landed, $890, at all Montage boutiques.

  • With this luxurious three-in-one Travel Set collection from Magaschoni, jet-setting has never been so chic. Cozy up with a blanket, pillowcase (with blow-up pillow) and eye shades—all knit in a 100 percent cashmere charcoal-colored cable stitch, $398, at all Montage boutiques.

  • Travel comfortably in the Kane Keckley, a French terry cloth pant ideal for long flights and layovers, $198, at all Montage boutiques.

By Laura Janelle Downey