The #1 Packing Rule Models Swear By

Traveling in style is practically a prerequisite for today's top models. With the rise of the internet's obsession with the "perfect airport outfit," along with top runway stars' constant crisscrossing of the globe, the art of packing is not to be underestimated. But for models, there's one trick each seems to have up their sleeve: mastery of the perfect carry-on. The jet-setting group seems eager to skip heavy checked bags, instead packing light and keeping everything they need by their side (or in an overhead bin come takeoff). 

While we know that it's not always realistic to travel like a minimalist, if the world's most stylish women can pull it off, we think they must be onto something. From Gigi Hadid to Lily Aldridge, these catwalk pros have opened up about their preferences for flying light, and we're taking notes. Whether it be because they've streamlined their travel wardrobe or they're not down with lost luggage, these stylish women prove that it's possible to keep your vacation packing under control

Read on to see what they had to say; then shop carry-on luggage!



"When I'm working, I usually just carry on. I only need jeans and a couple of T-shirts." — Gigi Hadid

On Gigi Hadid: Local Authority LA shirt; Tart collection jeans; Elizabeth and James bag; Victoria Beckham sunglasses; Yeezy sneakers.



"If I'm going on a trip, I just take my carry-on with me because I don’t want to check something in." — Miranda Kerr

On Miranda Kerr: Saint Laurent coat; Louis Vuitton luggage.



"I never check a bag; I don't like checking bags. I'm very casual, so I just bring stuff that I need." — Nina Agdal

On Nina Agdal: Nike sneakers; Givenchy bag.


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"I only carry on. I've become an expert packer, and I've also learned how to downsize my beauty bag, so that’s made a huge difference." — Lindsay Ellingson

On Lindsay Ellingson: Grey ant sunglasses.

"When you fly every week, time spent waiting for a checked bag adds up and could be be used for more fun activities!" — Julie Beekman

On Julie Beekman: Miu Miu sunglasses.



"I try to use carry-on as often as possible. I'm really good at it; I've traveled for so many years, and I'm always gone for just a day or two. So I'm a pro at packing as many looks in one tiny bag as possible." — Lily Aldridge

On Lily Aldridge: Stella McCartney overalls; Reformation Moraine Top ($58); Thakoon bag.


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"I think the biggest mistake people make is bringing too many options when it comes to their clothing. It's really hard to do. I have one pair of boots, one pair of flats, and one pair of heels when I'm on holiday." — Doutzen Kroes

On Doutzen Kroes: Nike Air Force 1 Sneakers ($90)

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