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The pro: Jamie Johns, senior skincare merchant, Birchbox

Travel cred: Johns, who oversees the skincare division for a company that made its name peddling TSA-friendly beauty products, travels a few times a year for work and several more for personal trips. The past year has taken her to Spain, and to South Korea for a K-beauty conference.

In-flight beauty ritual: “If it’s anything longer than a five-hour flight, I try to wipe off my makeup with a cleansing wipe, mist my face, and apply a hydrating mask because the air is so dry. I always bring my own bottle of water as well, because you never get enough water from the flight crew.”

I never leave home without: “I take the following when I’m traveling, but honestly, you’ll find them in my bag any time.”

  • A long book. “On my most recent trip, it was The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann.”
  • My iPod. “Yes, I still use an iPod. I need to have every recording by Black Sabbath available to listen to at any given moment.”
  • “As a senior skincare merchant and a very pale person, SPF is key. It’s the best antiaging tool in your beauty regimen, and nothing ruins a vacation like a horrible peeling sunburn.”
  • A notebook. “I have a travel notebook where I keep a list of what I want to see, eat, and do, with plenty of backup options. I’m type A to a fault, even on vacation.”

You should always leave home without: “Full-size anything. It’s
unnecessary and weighs down your luggage.”

If I could take only five products on a trip:

My perfect in-flight amenity kit:

Acure Organics Coconut & Argan Oil Cleansing Towelettes
Acure Organics Coconut & Argan Oil Cleansing Towelettes.
Jart+ Vital Hydra Solution Sheet Mask
Jart+ Vital Hydra Solution Sheet Mask.

My Ultimate $100 travel kit:

“This focuses on skincare because skin is the foundation of any great beauty routine.”

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