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?

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"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, missjessies.com). And I never forget CoverGirl LashBlast mascara ($7, covergirl.com)."

World Is Her Oyster

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

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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."

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More Essentials:

Evian Mineral Water Spray ($11, drugstore.com)

Olay Clean & Mild Make Up ($4.49, soap.com)

Covergirl Lipstick in Hot Passion ($7.99, cvs.com)

Covergirl Queen Collection Bronzer in Natural Hue ($8.29, drugstore.com)

This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Janelle Monae: What's in My Bag?