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A clever on-the-go trick for traveling germaphobes

Fashion consultant, stylist, TV host, designer and editor behind the popular fashion blog, Peace Love Shea.

After flying over 150,000 miles last year, I'd like to think I have a lot of tricks up my sleeve when it comes to what you need to bring on the plane to make it as easy and hassle-free as possible. I'm also sort of a germaphobe, which can cause problems.

I use hand sanitizer compulsively and am completely skeptical of how well planes are really cleaned before the next group of passengers arrive. As far as my hypochondriac self is concerned, everything on the plane is harboring some kind of gross bacteria.

Planes are also extremely dry and harsh, especially for the delicate skin on your face, so I come prepared with all kinds of moisturizing products, which I apply over and over throughout a long flight.

I'm always hesitant about getting hand sanitizer on my face, so I had to get up each time before applying my moisturizer. I'm sure that wasn't fun for the people sitting next to me, who had to scoot out several times during our flight. My solution to this travel quandary? Q-tips cotton swabs. I've learned to always bring a little baggie of cotton swabs in my carry-on. That way, I can easily apply all of my eye creams and lip balms without having to get up 2,000 times to wash my hands. It's better for me, and it's definitely better for everyone around me.

Are there any beauty products you can't travel without? Tell me in the comments below.

Disclosure: This post is part of a collaboration with Q-tips and SheKnows.

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