Welcome to our series, the T+L Carry-On, where we take a look inside the luggage of those who find themselves frequently traveling around the world—and gain a few expert tips along the way.

By Adeline Duff
June 03, 2016
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Ebonee Davis
Credit: Kira Turnbull

This week, we sat down with model and Seattle native Ebonee Davis at the Q&A Residential Hotel to find out her best travel tips—and of course, to get a peek inside her carry-on essentials.

On Her Relationship with Travel:

“I started traveling pretty young, going on domestic flights and whatnot, but I got my passport when I did a volunteer trip in the Dominican Republic between 10th and 11th grade. It was after some of the natural disasters had occurred—a lot of people had to move from the Haitian side of the island to the Dominican side, but still under very tough conditions with not a lot of resources. Since then, a lot of the traveling that I’ve done has been for modeling, but I think traveling is so important and I wish that everybody had the opportunity to do it. A lot of people don’t have the resources, or think they don’t have the resources, but it really opens up your world so much. I think it’s such a necessity for everybody—I don’t think traveling should be considered a luxury.”

Ebonee Davis
| Credit: Kira Turnbull

Her Hometown of Seattle, Washington:

“I miss being more connected to nature; there are some really beautiful views and landscapes in Seattle that you don’t get here. It’s more urban and developed here, and though Seattle is very much a city, there’s definitely a lot more greenery. Simple things like having a front lawn or a backyard to go play in as a kid are experiences I think you might not have if you grew up in New York. What’s cool about Seattle too is the diversity; you get a really wind range of different types of food. I love Pho and Ethiopian food—both are everywhere in Seattle.

Pike Place Market is really fun, especially in the summertime. They throw fish and do shows. Tons of tourists are there, but you get a ton of local goods that are grown in Washington, like fruit, vegetables, and wine. I’d definitely recommend tourists go check it out.”

Her Carry-On Essentials:

“I use an Away carry-on, and inside I always pack Nike athletic wear—I love their stuff for working out. Also, my Beats by Dre headphones, and jeans—I like Rock Revival and BLK DNM. I always bring a bikini—Victoria's Secret PINK is my favorite. I have a T+C Theodora & Callum caftan I like to bring, and I then always have my Morgenthal Frederics sunglasses.”

Ebonee Davis
Credit: Kira Turnbull

The Best Place Work Has Taken Her So Far:

“I think one of the coolest places I’ve ever gone to for work is India. It’s so different—it’s a completely different culture. If you’re in Europe, you still find English speaking people and a lot of the comforts of home. But in India, you’re completely out of your element. No signs are in English, nothing is translated for you…you just have to figure it out, and I don’t mind that type of challenge. I think it’s good for personal growth to be a little bit uncomfortable.”

Her Airport Style:

“I just like to be comfortable, so I’ll usually wear a pair of sneakers. I keep a pair of thick socks in my purse, because my feet always get cold on the flight. And I always bring a big scarf that I can wrap around my body, or ball up as a headrest or pillow. I always have a jacket, too—flights get cold! It’s all about layering.”

Ebonee Davis
Credit: Kira Turnbull

Her Travel Beauty Must-Haves:

“I’m sort of a minimalist; I like to keep it really simple and know what I’m putting in and on my body. I moisturize really well before I get on the airplane—I use I use Dr. Hauschka Revitalizing Day Cream. I like the ingredients; it has a lot of really great moisturizing oils…things that put the hydration back in my skin after a long flight and make it glow again. I love Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser—just something gentle and simple to get a nice clean base. For toner, I use Thayers Cucumber Witch Hazel Aloe Vera Formula.

As far as makeup goes, I like to keep it really simple, too. I’ll use a little bit of mascara—mine is from Lancome. I love Bobbi Brown for concealer; they make shades that are really good for brown skin tones, and it blends really well. I also use Anastasia Brow Gel, which is awesome—I like to keep my brows “on fleek,” so this product is really important for me, to keep them well-groomed and looking good. And then I’ll put on some Lucas Papaw Ointment to keep my lips moisturized.

For hair, I love these little minis that Shea Moisture makes. I have the coconut and hibiscus shampoo and conditioner, which I love—and they’re perfectly travel sized. They make really great products for curly hair; I like to rock my curls, so I’ll bring this Curl Enhancing Smoothie, too. I love Hydro Hair—it’s an aloe-based mask—another product that’s great for curls. If I have a photo shoot where I have to have my hair straightened or processed by heat, this gives my hair the life back after. And Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel is sort of my signature scent—I think it’s important to carry a little bit of perfume on you. Wherever you go, you always want to smell really good—especially if you’ve been traveling.”

Her Bucket List Destinations:

“I want to go everywhere! I definitely want to go to Africa, like Zanzibar and Dakar. I think it would be really cool to go to Egypt, too—maybe not while there’s any conflict happening, but definitely at some point.”