Q&A: What's In Your Travel Bag, Alexis DeJoria?

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By: Charyn Pfeuffer

To say professional race car driver Alexis DeJoria is a frequent traveler is an understatement. For 10 months out of the year, DeJoria travels the U.S. to drive the Tequila Patrón XO Cafe car in the 24-race NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. And for the past nine years, she's spent more time in airports, hotels, and her tour bus than at home, making her a seasoned road warrior.

We caught up with the busy wife, mother and pro on-the-go who shared a few of the items she never leaves home without:

Kiehl's In Flight Refreshing Facial Mist
"I spray it on my face just before getting on a flight, and when I land. It refreshes and puts moisture back into skin, which tends to dry out during a flight. It's great because it can be sprayed over your makeup, and it's small enough to throw in your bag."

Paula Dorf Face Tint SPF 15
"It's lightweight tinted moisturizer with just the right amount of coverage. On early or redeye flights this is great because it evens out skin tone while hydrating, without wearing a face full of makeup."

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Masque, Individual Packets
"When I get to my hotel room or tour bus, I'll apply this mask and it really wakes up and brightens my skin. We travel to different climates all the time going from hot and humid, to extremely dry, to cold and windy on a weekly basis, which really takes a toll on my skin. This mask is ultra-calming and restores moisture without making me too oily. Plus, because these come in individual packets, I can just throw a couple in my travel bag without having to carry a heavy bottle, which could leak."

YES to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes
"These are great to travel with because they can't spill, and don't count as a liquid, so they don't have to be packed in my 1-quart Ziploc bag. They're very gentle and don't irritate my skin."

Paul Mitchell Express Dry Wash, Travel Size
"I put this right on my roots to give my hair a little bit of a lift. I especially love this product if I'm going on a quick two day trip. I'll get a blowout before I leave home, and this extends the life of my blowout and keeps me from having to pack shampoo and conditioner. Because it's only 1.1oz it easily fits in my bag without taking up much space. Plus, this is one of those products where a little goes a long way, so the travel size bottle lasts a long time."

Ogio Ascender Wheeled Duffle
"This suitcase is very lightweight, so on long trips, I can jam-pack it full of stuff without worrying about going over the weight limit. Ogio bags can tend to be a little more on the pricey side, but for a frequent traveler like myself, they're worth it. They're extremely durable. With all of the flying I do, my bag is constantly being tossed around by the airport workers. I've had mine for a few years and it's still in good shape and all of the zippers still work properly. Plus the wheels make it very easy to turn and maneuver around corners when I'm rushing through the airport.

Small Black Prada Backpack
"I used to carry a purse through the airports with me, but over the years I've found it's more convenient to have a backpack. If I load it full of stuff, I don't get sore from having it on one shoulder like a purse. The straps are very comfortable and it's lightweight. This backpack goes with any outfit and is a never-go-out-of-style classic."

Beats Headphones
"These have the best sound quality, they're very comfortable so you can wear them for a long time without your ears starting to get sore, and they're noise cancelling so if I'm trying to sleep on the plane, these are essential!"

Vitamin C
"I swear by this. People are always amazed that I'm not sick more often with all of the traveling I do, and I think it's because I regularly take Vitamin C."

Melatonin
"Melatonin is great for red-eyes or long flights. It's natural and helps me drift off, and it doesn't leave me feeling groggy when I wake up."

Vitamin Water
"You'll almost never see me without a bottle of Vitamin Water. Flights are very dehydrating, so I drink as much water as I possibly can. This brand has electrolytes in it which helps to keep me hydrated."

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