8 Killer Travel Tips From Super-Stylist Heidi Bivens

When it comes to world-traveling, luxury-client-grabbing costume designers of note, Heidi Bivens is way, way up there. If you didn't know by now — and Lord knows, you probably should — Bivens is the eye (and steady, stylish hand) behind campaigns for Fendi, Salvatore Ferragamo, GAP, Capitol Records, Levi’s, L’Oreal, Warby Parker, and Target. She's also dressed up stars like Beck, The White Stripes, and Kanye West and styled for i-D, Vogue, GQ, and Purple. She's even the one who supplied Selena Gomez, James Franco, and crew with their day-glo, trashy finery for Spring Breakers. Yeah, she's kind of what you'd call a Big Deal.
Of course, being a Big Deal means people from all over this planet want your services. That adds up to a lot of frequent-flier miles and packed bags for the beautiful (and now blonde!) New Yorker. So, this international styling star has created a few rules and a solid routine to deal with her constant jet-setting, the best bits of which she's about to share with you. So, click on for Biven's tips along with a few extra-credit travel ideas from our friends at Hyatt. You won't want to leave home without these.
Photographed by Atisha Paulson; Hair and Makeup by Andrew Colvin.
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So how often are you up in the air for business?
"I travel quite a bit for work. Sometimes it's just a short trip to cities like Los Angeles or Milan. Other times, I'm gone for a month, traveling to multiple cities with varied climates. Luckily, I usually know travel details well in advance and start packing days before I leave town."
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And what's your usual pre-packing process?
"Before I start out, I always check the weather forecast for wherever I am traveling to (there are so many apps for that). Then, I pack accordingly, usually throwing in a cashmere scarf and lightweight jacket just in case."
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Are there any beauty products you must travel with, or do you pick up what you need as you go?
"I'm beauty-product obsessed! On top of my makeup — Chanel, obviously — I'm in love with Natura Bisse Oxygen Complex. It's great for waking up the complexion after a long flight. Also, Moisturizing Renewal Eye Cream from ReVive and Alcon Naphcon A eye drops for red-eye relief from dry, recirculated air on planes. Other products I don't leave home without are Klorane dry shampoo, Chantecaille Bamboo and Hibiscus Exfoliating Cream, and Chanel UV Essentiel Broad Spectrum SPF 50."

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Now, being the super-ultra-organized stylist and costume designer that you are, do you have any packing tips for our readers?
"Planning what you're going to pack well before you actually start packing is key. I start to put aside things I know I will want to take with me and send my favorite pieces to the dry cleaners or take care of laundry way ahead of time. I'll pack my preferred clothing for the season — special pieces mixed with comfortable separates. Also, when I'm trying to squeeze everything into my carry-on roller bag, I'll often tightly roll my clothes, rather than fold them. I find it's a better use of space."
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We all have that unexpected, left-field thing we always bring along with us. What's yours?
"I always bring a bikini, even if the climate isn't warm where I'm headed. I'll usually use the pool at the hotel, anyway. Plus, every time I haven't brought a bathing suit, I end up wishing I had. It takes up so little space, so why not pack it?"
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Again, we think our readers could use more sage stylist wisdom for their travels?
"My number-one rule: Try not to overpack. Allow yourself enough time to realistically wrap your head around what you'll truly need for your trip. That said, I usually travel with tea bags of my favorite blends, cacao nibs for a jolt of energy, Bose noise-canceling headphones, and a Muji neck pillow. Oh, and for my beauty needs, I always have a Dopp kit ready to go with travel sizes of my favorite products."
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Oh, wait, wait, wait — we almost forgot to talk about shoes! With so little room for those, what do you always pack?
"I always bring a comfortable shoe to work in, a high-heel for dinner or night out, and running or athletic shoes. Sometimes, depending on my schedule and if I'm working, packing these things can be wishful thinking, but I'm always optimistic about getting in a good workout on the road."

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Any last words of advice to the weary traveler?
"Carry your bags on the plane whenever possible! If it's not, and you have to check your luggage, make sure to have a carry-on with most of your essentials in the dreaded case that your stuff doesn't show up on time. Also if traveling internationally on the regular, get a Global Entry passport! Makes life a breeze at the airport. Trust me, I know."