SOURCE: Stephanie Johnson

October 30, 2007 06:15 ET

Travel Bag Designer Stephanie Johnson Shares Expert Packing Tips for Holidays

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - October 30, 2007) - As the designer and founder of her eponymous travel/cosmetics bag company, Stephanie Johnson ( has flown more than six million miles in her lifetime. Her extreme globe-trotting, combined with her travel-savvy designing, has made her very experienced in traveling... and packing. "After so much flying and designing so many bags, I know exactly what to pack so that I have just what I need, even if I am thousands of miles from home," said Johnson.

Johnson has a "travel drawer" at home to store all her favorite travel necessities and trial-sized products and also keeps one of her favorite bags--the "Demi Cargo"-- packed with batteries, chargers and international converters. The rest of her tips are below:

For Carry-On:

--  Use a carry-on with wheels. Johnson travels with lots of heavy
    magazines, so she designed the "Wendy" carry-on which is functional and
    stylish. (Plus, the wheels make toting safer for your back).
--  Bring your own empty water bottle on the plane (Johnson favors Voss or
    Fiji) and have the flight attendants refill it.
--  Add 1 tablespoon of chlorophyll to water to help with circulation.
--  Bring a pashmina to replace the airline blanket; it is warmer and more
--  Wear Thorlo socks to protect feet while going through security, or
    pack them to stay warm during flight.
--  If you wear contacts, try to fly without them and only put them in
    when landing.
--  Take Airborne prior to your trip to build immunity and pack more "just
    in case."
--  Remember Shout Swipes for in-flight spills.
--  For relaxation, Johnson suggests Bose noise-canceling earphones and an
    eye mask.
--  Try Bigelow's Mentha Lip Tint for moisture with a little color.
--  Pack the items you will use first on top in the carry-on so they are
    immediately accessible.

For the Suitcase:

--  Place toiletry bottles upright in a cosmetic bag, then slightly loosen
    the cap, and don't fill to the very top. (Pressure in the plane may force
    contents to expand and overflow.)
--  Place scented dryer sheets between clothing.
--  Dry-clean good clothes and have them stuffed with tissue paper.
--  Pack a travel-size bottle of The Laundress Crease Release for extra
    wrinkle removing.
--  Try shoe, lingerie and laundry bags from Anna Moi for extra
--  Use travel cases that are a good fit for your toiletries.  For
    example, Johnson uses her own "Jenny" Train Case that perfectly fits her
    Keihl's products.

About Stephanie Johnson:

After a successful career in telecommunications, Johnson launched her namesake travel/cosmetic bag company out of her Venice, Calif., home in 2000. She has since expanded to nearby offices and her collections are now available at boutiques and department stores nationwide, including Saks Fifth Ave., Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel and Bloomingdale's, among others. In 2006, Johnson launched her moderately priced "steph & co" line. She has been featured in major magazines worldwide and is a favorite of many celebrities including Bridget Moynahan, Heather Graham, Terry Hatcher, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie, and many others.

Contact Information

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