Flying is one of my least favorite things, but I love to travel. Here's how to prepare for a long and onerous flight and the trip that follows.
This useful store is happiness-inducing as soon as you walk in. Here you'll want to take it all even though you swore you'd travel light: colorful, tough luggage tags; pretty passport covers; gorgeous Europe carry-on-compliant hardshell suitcases; eye masks and headrests; toiletry containers and bags; neon universal adapters; and guide books.
Norma Kamali's KamaliKulture dresses in particular are highly appealing to the crazy-busy-traveling-working-jetsetting woman. It can be worn in multiple ways and is made of easy-to-take-care-of poly lycra.
CIBT doesn't necessarily make it easy on you, but things do get turned around fast provided you have all the necessary materials. Check online on what is needed, print and fill out all CIBT forms, and then make sure to get to the post office during passport hours to have all your materials checked and sealed in an envelope prior to presenting to CIBT.
Passport photos in a hurry? Point-and-shoot to replace the one you dropped in a NYC gutter? Batteries for your kid's handheld thingamajig? It's all here.
Product maven? Welcome to product heaven. Bliss' supersoft magnolia moisture mousse, anti-cellulite lotions and post-waxing and shaving AHA anti-ingrown cotton pads are renowned. Waxes are professional and as painless as possible, massages are strong for the tough Manhattanite, and wraps, facials and scrubs are so very relaxing.
You think you know simplicity? You don't know simplicity until you go to Muji. The clear, unlabeled containers are perfect for travel, and the wide selection of colored pens will have you set for organizational -- or just playful -- world domination.
Calypso is your perfect resort getaway shopping spot. With caftans, bathing suits and cute tropical dresses in no short supply, stop here before your next winter flight to the Caribbean. There are multiple locations of this store in New York, but this one has my favorite price-slashing sales.