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Janelle Monae practically lives out of a suitcase. "There are months when I'm on a plane every day!" says the "We Are Young" singer, 26, who tours 100 days a year. So she keeps a perpetually packed Tumi at the ready.

What's inside?


"I always carry my classic black-and-white tux and custom-made George Esquivel saddle shoes. They'd get lost if I check them. It's happened!" 

Hair-Raising Scheme

"I bring Miss Jessie's Baby Buttercreme and a comb to do my signature hairstyle on board ($9, And I never forget CoverGirl LashBlast mascara ($7,"

World Is Her Oyster

"A Pearl in the Storm by Tori Murden McClure is inspiring me lately."

Just Plane Healthy

"I take goldenseal, echinacea and cod liver oil when flying to boost my immune system."

Sound Advice 

"I listen to Prince on my iPad. And I use a Chords & Scales app to warm up before performing."

Write Stuff

"I keep a journal to jot down songs, poetry and thoughts on the plane."

More Essentials:

Evian Mineral Water Spray ($11,

Olay Clean & Mild Make Up ($4.49,

Covergirl Lipstick in Hot Passion ($7.99,

Covergirl Queen Collection Bronzer in Natural Hue ($8.29,