We caught up with ELLE Magazine’s fashion editrix, Jade Frampton, so she could dish to us about her travel-habits which include ordering delicacies from room service (like burgers & wine!), her ‘anti-workout rule’ when she’s on vacation, and the honest confession that she calls ahead to make sure the hotel has a hairdryer in the room—so she doesn’t waste precious space in her suitcase (now that’s a clever jet-setter!).
City you call home?
New York City. I have been here for almost 10 years now.
How often do you travel?
For work, I travel twice a year to the fashion shows in London and Paris, and then various places around the US. For fun, I try to get away at least once a year on a big trip and then take small trips on weekends. The Berkshires is my favorite—it’s so calm and quiet. My husband’s family has a house there and it’s so relaxing in the summer and cozy when the weather turns cold in the winter. I also like visiting friends in the Hamptons.
How many countries have you visited?
I am not exactly sure. I started traveling at a really young age going on tour with my Dad (musician Peter Frampton). Some of the places I’ve traveled are to the United Kingdom (I am half British and a dual-citizen), Spain, France, The Bahamas, Greece, etc.
Favorite destinations to travel to?
Nashville, LA, and Miami—where all my family members live
Where’s your “happy place” to visit?
What was your last vacation and where will your next one be?
My last vacation was actually my honeymoon to Greece (Santorini and Mykonos). My husband and I are dying to go to Japan. Fingers crossed that’s our next trip.
What brand of luggage do you use?
Tumi all the way. All black with a Tumi blue tag for easy recognition. I have always been obsessed with luggage (I’m not sure exactly why). I like everything to coordinate and I hate when anything is overstuffed. All my current luggage has been gifts from my husband. The first gift he ever gave me was actually my first Alpha Tumi.
What brand of carry-on do you use?
An International carry-on Alpha Tumi—all black. The international size is important as the regular one doesn’t fit in all overhead compartments and then you have to check it (dun-dun-dun). Also, I always choose a bag with 2-wheels as the 4-wheel option takes up too much space in your luggage. I also sometimes take a small Alpha Tumi duffle as my purse if I need more room and don’t want to check bags.
What brand of camera do you bring?
My iPhone 6S. It is amazing!!
Heathrow (London). You can shop while you kill time before your flight.
For its pure beauty The Grace in Santorini, Greece. For service I love the Nizuc hotel in Cancun, Mexico.
What are your in-flight travel essentials?
Black cashmere pillowcase, socks, eye mask and blanket, MacBook Air, earbuds, Aquaphor, Kiehl’s hand lotion, a large bottle of water, and a package of dried mangos.
Aisle or window?
Window because no one needs to pass you and you can always lean up against it to sleep.
Preferred in-flight beverage?
On overnight flights I like white wine…and on day flights it’s always a Diet Coke.
Airplane food or bring your own?
Pretzels and dried mangos.
What music is on your travel playlist?
Beatles Anthology…relaxing and restful.
Do you use any travel apps?
Yes Passport, Get, Waytoride and Uber.
Do you have any travel rituals or superstitions?
I always get a little nervous at take-off and close my eyes.
How do you entertain yourself at 35,000 feet?
I always download the newest movies I haven’t seen yet, and buy a ton of the latest ‘interiors’ magazines to read. On my next flight I’m looking forward to reading the new Marie Kondo book—Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up.
What’s your go-to uniform for the plane?
Comfortable boyfriend jeans, a black tank and a black turtleneck sweater, and black Gucci loafers.
What’s the one item you never leave town without?
How do you deal with jet lag?
Keep moving. Don’t let yourself fall asleep when you get there. Stay up until its time for bed in your new time zone…and lots of water.
What’s your exercise routine when you’re on the road?
I’m horrible when I’m not at home. On work trips I am too busy to work out and on vacation…well, I’m on vacation.
How do you manage your health & eating routine when you’re away from home?
I take Echinacea and Emergen-C every day! I always want to try as many new things and as many new places every time I am away.
What’s the first thing you do when you get into your hotel room?
Unpack everything…even if I cant keep my eyes open a moment longer.
Are you an over-packer or under-packer?
On vacation I’m a bit of an over-packer, but for work trips I’m very exact.
Do you have a packing strategy?
I’m organizationally-obsessed so I have lists and I pack by outfit exactly what I need for work trips
One surprising thing you always pack?
My Alternative Apparel, soft, grey sweatshirt (I have 3 of them!). I love putting my sweatshirt on when I get back to my hotel room after a long day of work. Makes it feel more like home.
What are your favorite items to travel with?
I am a true, hardcore minimalist. Everything I pack is black, white, grey, navy…and simple. My favorite jeans are from Mother, MIH, Levi’s, J Brand and Acne. I wear blazers from AYR, Pallas, and Theory, and I love Levi’s denim jackets. My shirts and sweaters are from Equipment, and I like T-shirts from Calvin Klein (in a men’s size small) and Gap. Nili Lotan makes great slip dresses which are great for travel.
For my bags I usually carry a straw bag in the summer and in the winter I always use one by The Row or Chanel. With regards to shoes, in the winter I travel in Gucci loafers, and in the summer it’s Ancient Greek Sandals or a pair of K. Jacques sandals. The heels I pack are Gianvito Rossi or Manolo…always
What beauty-essentials do you travel with?
I have a few make-up products I bring with me everywhere…the first is my Laura Mercier Broad Spectrum Tinted Moisturizer. They discontinued my previous tinted moisturizer and I searched high-and-low to replace it as I have dry skin and this stuff is great. I also pack Nars Pressed Powder in Beach (because it doesn’t make me look whiter than I am and gives a nice finish), Nars Blush in Orgasm (for a little color), a Bobbi Brown concealer stick (this works wonders under the eyes after an overnight flight!), Anastasia Brow Gel in Espresso, and Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm. And I always bring my Chanel make-up brushes.
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Perfume—-I’ve been wearing it forever—is another staple that I always pack, as is my Sonicare toothbrush (I will never use a normal toothbrush again). I’m also obsessed with Kiehl’s Whipped Body Butter (it’s not greasy at all). I always make sure to pack Neutrogena sunscreen—it works so well on my very pale skin. The Neutrogena make-up remover wipes are also a must—I use them to take off my makeup but also to freshen up my face after coming in from the beach. As for the ‘extras’ I bring them all—Q-tips, band-aids, neosporin, etc. I carry everything in a Trish McAvoy case—I’m obsessed with them (I’ve gone through like 5 of them!)—it’s seriously the best thing I’ve found to travel in a completely organized way. As for a hairdryer, I always call ahead to make sure there’s one in the hotel room—it saves precious packing space. I also bring my own shampoo and conditioner from Nigelle Ax, and Frederic Fekkai Glossing Cream.
Favorite items to order from room service?
A hamburger and wine…just because.
Favorite item from the hotel mini-bar?
Something chocolate….anything chocolate.
Best travel advice?
Organization is key!
Have you ever had a travel disaster or mishap?
Yes! One season on the way to London for fashion week our plane was re-routed from Heathrow to New Castle. I had to take a 6-hour cab ride to London!
If your luggage was lost, what are the 5 items you’d buy at the drugstore?
Toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm, shampoo & conditioner, and a hair brush.
Favorite find/souvenir from your travels?
On my honeymoon The Grace hotel made us a little, monogrammed, mini pillowcase. I saved it.
Favorite childhood memory of traveling?
Probably traveling on tour with my dad. At the time I wasn’t the biggest fan but I think it has made me the traveler I am today. Always in a new place every day and seeing something new is really cool.
Travel destinations still on your bucket-list?
Jade Frampton photographed in Mykonos