What can we say about Delfina Blaquier…she’s blessed with striking good looks, jet-sets around the globe with her picture-perfect family (she’s the mother of four children), and is an accomplished photographer…ohhhhh ya, and she also happens to be married to the most famous polo player on the planet, Nacho Figueras! Sigh…some girls have all the luck. Here, the Argentinian-born beauty chats with us about over-packing, travel disasters and the essentials she never leaves town without.
How often do you travel?
I don’t have specific travel dates per month. I know that usually during July/August/September I’m in the Hamptons due to Nacho’s polo season. The rest of the time I’m in Argentina—but we go back and forth from there. We may travel as much as 3 trips in a month…or stay all month and then move the entire family for 3 months somewhere…it’s like being nomads!
Favorite destinations to travel to?
I really enjoy summer in the Hamptons. I can visit my friends there and I know Nacho loves playing polo here too. My eldest son is already at the stage where he plays with his dad—they’re having such much fun! That said, I DO love to go to Italy and the south of France. Last year, Nacho had an unfortuantel fall with his horse and broke his pelvis, which obviously ended his polo season for a good 12 weeks….so I had the chance to enjoy a fantastic trip to a friend’s boat (which usually doesn’t happen because he is working). In the winter I love going to Aspen—and I love it more when I get to stay at the St. Regis—I feel like I’m home when I’m there.
Where’s your “happy place” to visit?
I know I’ll always have a good time in Jose Ignacio, Uruguay. We’ve been going there since we were young and I have great memories of being there. It’s got the beach and good food…and that adds up to a happy place I think.
What brand of luggage do you use?
Samsonite, at the moment. I also always have a couple of military duffle bags folded inside for ‘extra souvenirs’ that come home with me after a long trip.
What about your carry-on bag?
Also Samsonite—especially if I am traveling with my camera and all the accessories (lenses, batteries, chargers, blah, blah, blah).
Do you bring a camera when you travel?
I usually use my Canon Mark IV. Otherwise, I will just use my phone…it does the trick.
Aisle or window?
I don’t really have a preference, but my kids do! If I travel with any of them I’ll take the aisle.
Do you have any travel rituals or superstitions?
I do pray…to Mother Mary…to take care of us. And I cannot drink any soda 1-hour before flying—especially on long flights.
Preferred in-flight beverage?
Water with lemon.
What are your in-flight travel essentials?
If I’m on my own I like to bring a book or magazines. I rarely read them though because I fall asleep as soon as the plane starts moving.
How do you entertain yourself at 35,000 feet?
I find that sleeping is the best thing to combat jet lag, so I try to get as much sleep as possible. Sometimes it’s harder because the flight is in the daytime.
What’s your go-to uniform for the plane?
Loose pants or comfy jeans, and a cotton t-shirt. I also like to pamper myself with a soft sweater and shawl.
What’s the one item you never travel without?
A bathing suit…I just need to know it’s there, no matter the season.
How do you deal with jet lag?
This is a hard one. It always hits me on the 3rd day. And I can fall asleep right in the soup that’s in front of me! I always just think you should sleep as much as you can on the flight.
What’s your exercise routine when you’re on the road?
I try to go for a run, and then do some stretching.
How do you manage your health + eating routine when you’re away from home?
I try to take my (yerba) ‘mate’ with me when I travel. I feel like I always start the day the same way if I drink it (regardless of where I am in the world). Mate is great because you drink so much water with it. The ‘yerba’ is really good at helping me with jetlag—I feel like it is energizing so it gives me a pick-me-up at that time of the day when you feel like you’re hitting a wall. I like the brand Playadito. I also make sure to eat lots of fruits and veggies…and try to eat as fresh as possible. Not too much red meat and lots of fish.
What’s the first thing you do when you get into your hotel room?
Favorite item to order from room service?
I must say, I love ordering French fries at the St. Regis. It’s my comfort food. When it comes to this forget what I said on the answers before about food (haha!).
Favorite item from the hotel mini-bar?
I’m not really a fan of the mini-bar in general. So I guess maybe water.
One surprising thing you always pack?
Usually the ‘surprise’ is that I realize I forgot to pack something I needed.
What are the beauty-essentials you never leave town without?
I always travel with a pouch filled with my essentials. I use Lancome Hypnose Mascara—I love the brush in it and the fact that it is so smooth. I just bought Urban Decay Naked Basics eyeshadow palette—I love that it’s so versatile, for use during the day and at night. I use Hourglass Lighting Powder to give a little light to my cheecks and my chin. I use YSL Top Secrets Soin Défatigant des Yeux—it’s perfect for de-puffing my eyes after long flights (this products also works great before you apply YSL Touche Éclat). For evenings, I like anything that is matte, like Nars Velvet Matte Lipstick in Montego Bay. For my hair, I love Kerastase products. The perfume I always travel with is Ralph Lauren Romance.
What are your favorite items to travel with?
Are you an over-packer or under-packer?
I’m waaaaaaay of an over-packer!
Do you have a packing strategy?
Yes, I highly recommend packing for your trip a half hour before you leave. I can’t make it happen any time before that…I’m very bad at it.
Have you ever had a travel disaster?
Yes, many times. I have arrived at the airport on the wrong day, late, with missing passports, expired passports, missing permits…all sorts of issues (ha!).
If your luggage was lost, what are the 5 items you’d buy at the drugstore?
Sunscreen, a hairbrush, a toothbrush, toothpaste, and moisturizer.
Favorite childhood memory of traveling?
It was probably Punta del Este. I loved it because it’s one of my only memories from when my mom and dad were still together. Then we kept going and I have fallen in love with it over the years.
Travel destinations on your bucket-list?
Nepal, Japan, Kenya, Scotland, and India.
Delfina Blaquier photographed in St. Moritz, Switzerland