What’s in my suitcase?


This blue bottle promises great things (at least 101 of them, to be exact). But the use I was most interested in was getting wrinkles out of my clothes when I travel. I’m something of an iron-aholic, and the idea of giving a shirt a quick spritz and dashing out the door was insanely appealing, especially on the road with no iron in sight. Wrinkle Releaser doesn’t quite offer the ease that I had hoped for. There’s a fair amount of dousing involved, followed by stretching and smoothing. It worked great on T-shirts, shorts, and lighter fabrics. Dress shirts were more of a challenge. Make sure you have a few extra minutes to let your garment dry before you need it. Even with those drawbacks, it’s a handy thing to keep in your suitcase. $2-$7.


There is nothing more disappointing than arriving at a hotel and finding that the shampoo and conditioner displayed on the vanity is a dirt-cheap brand that you wouldn’t see fit to use on your guinea pig. Maybe losing your luggage is slightly more disappointing, but work with me here, people. The British hair-care brand Philip Kingsley saves you with its Jet Set kits. The carry-on approved sizes come in eight varieties to fit your hair type. (I’ve taken a liking to Moisture Extreme). $


The person who invented this disposable razor deserves an award, or at least a very healthy pat on the back. Shaving cream is the most-forgotten item in my suitcase. The built-in shaving cream in the handle of this razor has saved me more than once. The TSA-compliant razors also allow you to shave on the plane before you reach your destination (just be careful during turbulence). The downside is that at $6 a pop ($18 for a three-pack), this is an expensive shave.,


  • The sound quality doesn’t quite match the design, but I still can’t resist a good retro-futuristic beach radio. Strap your phone or iPod inside the case, close it up, and you have a water-resistant way to listen to your music without worrying about sand mucking up your electronics. If you’re a technophobe, you can stick to the radio and not worry about those highfalutin MP3s all the kids are talking about these days. $50.


After a winter better suited for polar bears than people, you may have spent a bit too much time roasting like a rotisserie chicken in the sun this summer. The payback for these months of defrosting is age spots. Elure has a three-part system that claims to diminish the pigmentation without irritating skin. I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s next on my skincare to-do list. $75-$92.

Christopher Muther can be reached at
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