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Emily Ratajkowski at Coachella
Credit: Courtesy of Levi's

Summer is right around the corner and there’s no doubt you’re already dreaming about using those vacation days. Whether you prepare for a trip weeks in advance or throw everything in your suitcase moments before catching your flight, let Emily Ratajkowski’s expert travel tips make your planning process a little bit easier.

Last weekend, the model-turned-actress, 27, made her way to the desert for the Coachella music festival in Indio, California, where we ran into her at the annual Levi’s pool party. While the legendary Snoop Dogg was spinning beats, the star kicked it poolside and let us in on everything she does to get through her busy travel schedule. Scroll through for some travel advice you can't miss.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.

It's no secret that flying can instantly dry out the skin. "I love an oil-based moisturizer," she told us. "I used to use the Sisley oil, but it was pricey so I had to use it sparingly. I now use one from a health food store that works just as well. It's orange and I put that on morning and night. That's my savior."

Stop overpacking.

"I always pack light," Ratajkowski said. There's no reason to stuff your entire closet into a suitcase; it's inconvenient and impractical. "I never check a bag," she added. "I refuse, I just travel too much to allow for that."

Get inspired to go somewhere new.

She looks to none other than Cardi B for travel ideas from time to time. "Who else is there, that's my girl," Ratajkowski said. In the near future, she hopes to see places she hasn't visited. "I'd really love to go to Brazil, " she said. "I've never been there and I really want to go to India."

Always bring this effortless staple.

It's important to be strategic about versatile clothing you can slip on with any look. For Ratajkowski, this means a classic pair of jeans. "I love a high-waisted wedgie Levi, " the fashionista said.

Keep your packing list simple.

Regardless of where she's going, Ratajkowski has a few items she never leaves behind. According to her, these small, but key things can make or break any getaway. "I always have a good book, my charger, and Aquaphor with me," she said.