For celebrities, traveling is as much as a part of the job as memorizing lines. Grueling shooting schedules and promotional tours all over the world require a lot of time in the air and on the road, so actors end up becoming travel experts.
We rounded up our favorite tips from our interviews with globetrotting stars this year to help you plan glamorous getaways in 2019.
Bring cozy reminders of home to make your journey more comfortable. Traveler extraordinaire Samantha Brown, host of Samantha Brown’s Places to Love, always stows a teacup, slippers, a scarf and peanut butter in her luggage.
To travel like a celebrity, jet off to a secluded island retreat. Reid Scott, who had star turns in Venom and Veep, loved escaping to Four-Star Four Seasons Resort Lanai, the main inhabitant of the Hawaiian island of Lanai. “It was just one of the nicest hotel experiences that I’ve ever had.”
“My way [to fight jet lag] is as soon as I get to a city, I try to go outside,” insisted Marc Gasol, the star center for the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies. “No matter how cold it is, no matter what time it is, I try to walk outside a little bit.”
Actress Brooklyn Decker’s go-to travel outfit is her Everlane cashmere sweatpants and sweatshirt. “I have thrown on a pair of heels and a blazer and have walked from the airplane to a business meeting, and it looks perfectly appropriate,” the Grace and Frankie star told us.
If you’re traveling with children, surprise them. “I’d have a toy that they’d never seen before, something new or some other toy they hadn’t seen in a while,” said Annie Wersching, star of Runaways and Timeless and mother of three.
Pack Your Bags
Forget packing cubes: Gabrielle Union tucks her clothes in gallon-sized plastic bags, which also keep her outfits protected and pressed.
“Always be nice to the flight staff,” actor Scott Eastwood told us. Gift the flight attendants with some sweets and you’ll likely get special perks like extra snacks or gratis wine.
To keep her skin smooth and hydrated on the go, Greenleaf star Lynn Whitfield relies on Korean exfoliating towels, African soaps, essential oils and, of course, drinking lots of water.
Lisa Edelstein of The Good Doctor and The Kominsky Method stays energized by taking her own healthy food on planes. “I don’t think it’s possible to feed a massive amount of people with much integrity,” she said. “Eating at mealtime is important, too, rather than relying on the flight plan for your schedule.”
Change Your Tune
The right playlist is essential. Comedian David Alan Grier likes listening to L.A.-based singer-songwriter Moses Sumney when he’s on the road.