Whether she’s traveling for runway shows, business meetings, or Kode with Klossy, her computer coding summer camp for teenage girls, Karlie Kloss spends a lot of time up in the air and on the road. It’s no surprise she’s also become somewhat of a packing pro. Her go-to tricks? To start: Organize your belongings with packing cubes, and never board a plane without your own in-flight snacks. We caught up with Kloss on the eve of the hectic holiday travel season to talk carry-on essentials, beauty routines at 30,000 feet (yes, you should do that sheet mask on the plane), and dream trips for 2019.
Talk us through your travel uniform.
I try to stick to basics while I’m traveling, which makes it easy to mix style with comfort. My go-to is wearing a pair of dark- or light-wash, high-waisted jeans and a tucked-in tee to and from the airport. If I’m running straight off the plane to a meeting, I’ll add a fitted blazer or pair of comfy heels [from] my bag to make my look a little more polished and chic. On the plane, I always change into a pair of compression tights: They keep my circulation moving and prevent any swelling. For overnight flights, I pack a pair comfy pajamas—I have a monogrammed pair from Everlane that I love.
Given that you designed an Away bag earlier this year, you must be a packing pro. What’s your strategy?
Stick to the essentials. It’s so easy to overpack, so I try to fit everything I need into my carry-on. One trick I’ve learned is to organize all of my belongings into separate little bags to keep everything accessible: I pack all of my chargers in one case, my gym clothes in another, and my makeup in a small cosmetics bag. That way it’s easy to find whatever you need quickly.
Anything you always keep in your carry-on?
I’m not a huge fan of airplane food, so bringing my own snacks is key: I always throw in a few Perfect Bars as I’m heading out the door (my two favorite flavors are dark chocolate almond and coconut peanut butter), and I take Seed Female Daily Synbiotic supplements as part of my daily routine, particularly when I’m on the road—they have a combination of probiotics and prebiotics that are important for keeping your gut healthy. [On the ground], a red lip can bring any outfit to life—I’m a huge fan of Estée Lauder’s Decisive Poppy shade—and I tend to gravitate toward simpler pieces of jewelry that are easy to mix and match. I love Swarovski’s Sparkling Dance Pear Necklace because it’s versatile enough to wear on the plane or out to a nice dinner with friends.
Do you have an in-flight beauty routine?
Planes can be really dry, so I always make sure to drink a lot of water before and during flights. I’m also a huge advocate of doing face masks mid-flight to help rehydrate my skin (plus, it probably provides some free in-flight entertainment for the other passengers). My go-to face mask for the plane is Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask—it helps keep my skin feeling hydrated and fresh during long flights—and I always use cleansing wipes to take off all of my makeup before a long flight or bed.
Any products you bring with you on the road?
Dry shampoo is perfect for a quick hair touch-up after a long day of traveling, and whether you’re traveling someplace warm or not, you should always come prepared with sunscreen. Putting on a face moisturizer is part of my morning routine, so using one that is enriched with SPF is an easy way to make sure I’m giving my skin that extra layer of protection. Finally, I use a jade roller to de-puff and plump my skin.
How do you keep yourself entertained during a long flight?
I don’t always have time go to the theater, so I love taking advantage of long flights to catch-up on movies I missed. I recently watched Eighth Grade on a flight and fell in love with it.
You live in New York and travel a lot for work. How do you keep a little slice of your hometown of Missouri with you?
I’m a big St. Louis Cardinals fan, so I always pack my Cardinals baseball hat. It doubles as a reminder of home and an essential workout accessory for keeping my hair in check.
So, where are you headed for the holidays then?
I always try to end the year by going someplace warm. It’s a great way to relax, reflect on the year, and take a mini-break from the winter. This month, I’m going to the beach with my family, followed by a safari trip with my husband. It’s been on my bucket list forever and I’m basically counting down the days until we take off.