Most people want their daytime emollients to be quickly absorbed and without leaving the skin greasy. Emollients with relatively high levels of water such as lotions or gels are what most people prefer. If you are in a hurry, an emollient spray may also do the trick.
However, although slightly more greasy, creams are a better option for dry skin. If you have very dry patches then you should preferably bring with you a small pot with an emollient (thick cream or ointment) to apply on these during the day.