Travel and beauty: Packing your pampering kit

It may be better to travel than arrive, but only if you've packed your pampering kit.

1 Frizz-free Climate control sun, ski and chlorine protection spray 3.91, Lee Stafford, at Boots. Whether you're hitting the slopes or sipping daiquiris at the beach bar, it is important to protect your hair from the elements. This light, dry spray contains a UV absorber and is non-sticky and its strong smell fades to something much less offensive quite quickly.

2 Forty winks Sleep enhancer spray 10.95 for 20ml, Aroma Therapeutics ( Got a long flight ahead? This product will help you fall into a deep slumber. Simply spray on your pillow and relax – our tester slept like a baby. The fragrant blend of ylang ylang, sandalwood and vetivert means it smells great too.

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3 Freshen up Colloidal silver spray 12, The Sher System ( An antibacterial spray containing colloidal silver that is designed to hydrate the skin of frequent fliers and people who work in front of a computer screen. This tester is happy to report she didn't end up with glitter all over her face, just refreshed skin. Best of all, the spray is fine so can be used on top of make-up.

4 Protect yourself X-treme sport SPF 50+ spray 17.50, Australian Gold ( Promising SPF protection for up to 80 minutes of activity in the water (or sweating), this summery-scented spray dries quickly and provides even coverage. A must for sporty types hitting sunny climes this winter.

5 Perfect potion Aromatic renewing balm 38, Darphin, at department stores nationwide. Aromatic is certainly the word for this waxy overnight balm, which softens into a luxuriously scented oil when rubbed between your fingers. It contains six essential oils – chamomile, grapefruit, orange blossom, rosewood, sweet orange, and tangerine – and the smell is heavenly. Our tester had to slap quite a lot on to feed her skin as it just kept drinking it in, but as a result it felt lovely and silky the next morning. In a 15ml jar, it's perfect for flying.

6 Hit the slopes Ski kit 44, The Organic Pharmacy ( Skiers will love this handy kit. The pouch contains lots of miniature products including devil's claw cream for pain relief, cold and flu pills, SPF 25 cream and a honey and jasmine mask to rehydrate over-exposed skin. The only drawback is the price.

7 Best foot forward Flight Socks compression factor 14-17 12.99, at Boots. Perhaps not the sexiest of travel accessories but these socks can dramatically reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) on long haul flights.

• This article was first published in Scotsman on Sunday on 10 January, 2010.