Good luggage is key to traveling with ease. I cannot stress this enough. Ever since I was little, I've always invested in quality luggage and it makes all the difference in your travels. I grew up loving Tumi, and while they have been some of the most reliable luggage I have ever owned, I entered into the tech craze and joined the bandwagon of Raden smart luggage just last year. My luggage has a tracker, battery pack, and a TSA-approved lock on it. While I think the Raden luggage does travel nicely, I think that I prefer simplicity and functionality the most, so I'm considering getting some classic Rimowa pieces as my next purchase. I also have an awesome Samsonite luggage that is super light that I like I take on long trips. It was very inexpensive, but is awesome to travel with internationally.
1. ON THE PLANE
Either take a zippered tote bag, a zippered duffle bag, or a small zipped carry-on luggage as your one of your carry-on's. Use these bags to store all of your in-flight gear. On a red eye flight, I generally don't travel with make-up and instead I put on Dr. Hauschka's Hydrating Mask with rose wax and shea butter (it goes on entirely clear and you can leave it on for the duration of your flight) to prevent dehydration from the plane air and then afterwards, I put on La Mer's Moisturizing Soft Cream to lock in the hydration. I also use SK-II's Signs Eye Mask to prevent any dark circles, so I look as rested as possible when I land. I usually only fly direct, so depending on where I land, it's usually not a very long flight, so most of the time I have to pull myself together pretty quickly in order to de-board the plan, grab my luggage, and find my Uber. I like to store all my in-flight skincare products into a see-through bag from Muji. That way, it's easy to see when you are on the plane and in a cramped environment.
Generally speaking, I wear layers on flights- tons of layers because I get cold easily. I wear an oversized scarf that doubles as a blanket, an eyemask to put over my eyes (so no one can stare at me as I'm sleeping), a pair of thick socks from Muji, and slippers so that I can remove my shoes and war those throughout the flight. My favorite slippers are by a little cobbler in Shanghai that are silk with hand-stitched designs on them. Almost always when I travel, I will peak into a little shop that is custom to that city and pick up a souvenir or two. I also bring my memory foam rectangular pillow for any flight over 5+ hours.
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I try and protect my skin as much as possible from the sun- especially on my face, so I always wear large brim hats if the sun is strong, and non-toxic sunscreens like La Roche Posay.
My makeup routine is quite simple. I don't wear a lot of makeup generally, but I use Laura Mercier's Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 every day and Nars Bronzer for highlights. I also use Chanel's pencil and liquid liner, mascara and some combination of their lipstick. If I want to add more contouring for evening, I use Nars eyeshadows. My brush set is from Japonesque (Kumadori) and I carry them always bundled up in my black Mac Make-up Bags. My favorite thing to do is be adventurous with a pop of color on my lips.
When I travel for a week, I bring a minimum of 2 battery packs completely charged. When I travel for two weeks, I bring four. My favorite ones are Anker and I buy them from Amazon in bulk. They will change your life. I store all of these into my carry-on bag and organize all the wires together in a small bag. I bring three iPhone chargers, a charger to charge my external batteries, my laptop charger, laptop, battery charger for my camera, extra camera batteries, extra SD cards, SD card converter, camera, and iPhone.
6. PLAN YOUR OUTFITS
I never travel on trips without planning out my outfits. Everyone wonders why I am able to pack so efficiently for so long, and it's because I careful curate each outfit. I bring a few extra pieces just in case I change my mind or the weather isn't cooperating, but for the most part, each day and night are carefully curated in advance. When I’m not being photographed, I keep my style super simple. I always travel with basics: a leather motorcycle jacket, a white collared shirt, a white tee shirt, a white linen tank, black turtleneck (if it's going to be chilly), some variation of white trainers (Ked's for summer, Common Project's for winter, Stan Smith's for in-between months, MiuMiu if I'm feeling adventurous), a simple black pump (Louboutin), a loafer (Gucci), blue jeans (either vintage Levi's or Mother), leather leggings, vintage denim cut-offs (if it's hot), and my Outdoor Voices tech kits that double as workout clothes and athleisure. I have a small bag of accessories that I almost always take on any trip (rings, bracelets, earrings, belts, scarves), so I keep those packed that way I can just take it whenever I need it. For any costume jewelry or other accessories, I add those in at the last minute when I know what my outfits are going to be.
The secret to traveling is to never unpack! I usually carry one to two luggages with me at any even time depending on where I am going, so I often leave both of those entirely unpacked.
I do a variety of things including interval training, pilates, cardio plus yoga a few times a week. My approach to fitness comes from a place of wellness versus vanity.
I try not to eat processed food, especially not on the road, but it's usually difficult. When I travel, I always plan ahead with food options (you can see some of my favorite spots in my City Guides) and I find these places from local friends, design magazines, OpenTable, Yelp, etc. It's really important to me to find places that offer fresh and healthy food. My favorite meal when I am traveling through is sushi, so long as the fish is really high quality and fresh. I'm not a big drinker in general, so I shy away from alcohol especially during my travels, unless its work related. I also walk everywhere when I get to a city, if I can. At home, if I am cooking something easy, I like to eat rice bowls with seasonal vegetables (right now: lots of garden kale roasted, with carrots, and other bright varietals) and one of my homemade sauces. I rarely shop in large super markets, except for Whole Foods, but I really try to buy all my food local and organic from sustainable farmers when I'm local or staying somewhere for a longer duration of time.
The food that you put into your body is so important. If you approach eating well from a place of love and expansion, then it becomes your lifestyle versus a chore. If you see it as a chore, no matter how diligent you are about your calories, food choices, etc. you will not have long-lasting results. If you approach eating from a place of self-love and appreciation for your body, then it becomes something natural. I see eating well as treating myself every singly day.
9. DON’T UNPACK
If you’re a frequent flyer and you don’t mind leaving an open luggage lying around the house, just take out your laundry and leave the rest behind. This is especially helpful when the breathing spaces between trips are quite short. #livingoutofasuitcase
I usually carry one-two luggages with me, and it's best to leave one entirely unpacked.