It’s a match made right at the airport. TravelSmith is excited to team up with travel expert and television personality Samantha Brown. Through adventures that have taken her to 220 cities and 49 countries, Samantha has become one of the most respected voices in travel. We sat down with Samantha to ask her a few questions about her travel experiences and to get the scoop on Scotland.
Q: What do you love about travel?
SB: Travel is one of the few experiences we have in life that mark a fresh start, whether your trip is a weekend or a month.
Q: Why did you choose to join forces with TravelSmith?
SB: TravelSmith has always represented a quality experience through its clothes and gear. Never gimmicky or trendy, it’s about what works so you can enjoy the trip.
Q: What’s your secret for traveling light?
SB: All my clothes have to match—if I bring 3 pairs of pants and 3 tops, I have 9 outfits. Belts and jewelry complete the transformation.
Q: What’s your one must-pack carry-on item?
SB: A nice scarf keeps me warm, and I can wrap it around a “questionable” airplane pillow. Plus, it gives me a more put-together look when I’m disheveled from a long flight.
Q: What’s your favorite place in Scotland to visit?
SB: I love Glasgow. There’s always something new happening. It has an exciting culinary scene, as well as the Glasgow School of Art. I also love Rennie Mackintosh architecture, and a trip to the Glasgow Green—the city’s oldest park—is a must.
Samantha’s Top Three Travel Tips
• Check out the airport so you know where to eat & how long it takes to get there for your return flight.
• Test out your hotel shower so there are no surprises at 6 a.m.
• Move valuables out of grabbing distance from the hall (housekeepers are honest but who knows about the other hotel guests).
• Go for a walk outside—it’s the best remedy for jet lag.
Learn from the Locals
While the hotel concierge can offer plenty of advice, you might get better restaurant tips from the housekeepers. I discovered an excellent trail and waterfall from the rental car agent. And one of the best breakfasts I ever ate was recommended by a nighttime security guard. The world is full of experts, but you’ll never know until you ask.
Think Outside the Bag
You can fit more in a quart-sized 3-1-1 bag than you think. Ask for samples when you buy makeup and get your hair cut—these work perfectly for travel. Your 3-1-1 bag should be like Halloween candy—all of your favorites, just in much smaller sizes.
See more Travel Tips by Samantha at samantha-brown.com.
We asked Samantha to tell us what she loves about some of her favorite TravelSmith items.
“Any time I pack something wrinkle-free, I want to kiss it—like this crisp, classic, go-anywhere shirt. And when I tried these jeggings on, I went “whoa.” So soft, so comfortable— and the tailored details dress them up.”
“Traveling to a warm or cold destination? My advice is to always dress for spring-like conditions on the plane. This jacket will keep you comfortable and you’ll look polished in flight and beyond.”
“I used to wear black all the time, but now grey is my favorite color to travel with. This cardigan goes with everything in your suitcase and the pleats make it a dressy piece for stepping out.”
“I love how this tank has a hidden slimming layer—I feel like I’m getting away with something.”
“I love that these ballet flats have a slight heel. It’s just enough to give you a more polished look but doesn’t keep them from being comfortable walking shoes.”
“Ah, for the good ol’ days, when we just had to worry about pick-pockets. Keep a step ahead of potential identity theft when traveling with your most important documents.”
“I used to roll my clothes, but now I only pack in cubes—it allows me to get as much as I can in my carry-on. I guess you could say it’s how I roll.”
“Those hard plastic travel bottles you bought at the drugstore are nearly impossible to get liquids into or out of, and you just end up throwing them away. The GoToobs with their innovative wide opening and soft feel have become one of my travel essentials.”
“A smart-looking jacket that can be used as a coat or blazer, and has the look of suede—but is washable? Does this come in a women’s size?”
“I love the weight of this shirt—light and with a soft touch that’ll keep you feeling relaxed even during an entire day of seeing the sights.”