A great trip—whether you’re escaping for a weekend or jetting off on a long-haul flight to an unexplored destination—is arguably one of the best parts of the year. However, it can also be a bit of a hassle: We’ve all dealt with suitcases that break on day three of a weeklong trip, freezing-cold flights in recycled air, or hotels where the walls are just that much too thin to get a good night’s sleep. As a travel writer based in Berlin, I’m usually heading off somewhere—and because of my work, I’m usually the friend everyone comes to for recs on how to make traveling easier. My secret? I couldn’t live between long-haul flights without a lounge pass I snag from LoungeBuddy: An indulgent but not obscene spend (between $30 and $50 in most cases) yields a restorative shower, a hot, not-fast-food meal (and, often, a free glass or two of wine)—and, most importantly, the sanity that comes from not having to set up camp and search for Wi-Fi and outlets in crowded airport terminals.
For our series To Me, From Me, I posed the same question to women who travel almost constantly for work. What’s the one thing they swear by—and aren’t afraid to splash out on—that makes their on-the-go lifestyles a little smoother and a heck of a lot less stressful? Read on for their picks, from a $48 restorative overnight facial you can fall asleep in (see ya, jet lag) to a $550 carry-on that holds up trip after trip (after trip).