Tina Leung & Declan Chan's Fashion Week Travel Tips
Tina Leung and Declan Chan are international stylists, influencers, and frequent flyers, and they just happen to be best friends. When they’re not on their way to a new city to style a photoshoot or sit front row at the shows, they’re jetting off for a few days of relaxation in one of their favorite destinations. Now, the jetsetters are letting us in on their insider travel tips and showing us that the trip is always better when you travel together.
What does travel mean to you?
Tina Leung (TL): Life is all about experiences and travel is one of the best ways to broaden your horizons.
Declan Chan (DC): To me, travel is a way to explore the unfamiliar. It's not a means to escape, but a way to live life to its fullest.
TL: For me, there could be no work without travel. I simply would not be able to have one without the other.
DC: Like Tina, my line of work depends on frequent travel and demands a lot of new inspiration. Travelling gives me the opportunity to see new things and meet new people, which helps foster my creativity.
What’s the best way to explore a new place?
TL: I like to explore without a map and let my gut and instinct be my guide.
DC: Before I go, I’ll usually gather travel tips from my friends and followers on social media. But, I’ve found the best way to learn is always from the locals.
How did the two of you meet?
TL: Our first shoot together was stunning. It remains one of my favorites and we’ve been friends ever since.
DC: I met Tina on a job where I styled and photographed her. I started traveling more for work and we started travelling together all the time.
Why do you enjoy traveling together?
TL: Declan has an amazing heart and he's very organized. I just follow his lead and he makes sure everything goes smoothly.
DC: It’s great to travel with a close friend like Tina. It almost feels like going on a school trip with your best friend when you were young.
Tell us about your last trip together.
DC: We went to the Philippines with our friend Bryanboy to celebrate Tina's birthday. We spent most of the time on a private island laying on the beach, riding horses, and having cocktails.
TL: We ate delicious food, enjoyed exquisite cocktails, took our time, and simply relaxed. It was wonderful.
Fashion week is right around the corner. Share with us a few of your top travel tips.
TL: Double check your bag before you leave to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything. Take a nice hot bath with Epsom salts pre- and post- flight, and don't go to sleep any earlier than midnight on the first night. That’s my secret to beating jetlag.
DC: I always wear a pair of Ski socks for long flight, they’re incredibly warm and comfy. It's important to keep your skin hydrated on the plane, so I usually use one or two face masks and apply my best face cream while in flight. And always carry your essentials in your hand carry. There’s always a chance your checked in luggage could be lost for days.
What do you always pack?
TL: Chic and versatile basics, like a great t-shirt. Mini bottles of shampoo and conditioner, because hotels don't always have the right products for me. My Harman Kardon travel speaker. My silk eye mask. Last, I always make sure to bring a travel steamer.
DC: Face masks, sunglasses, swimwear, slippers and, like Tina, a mini speaker to play music.
Tell us about your packing method.
TL: I put all of my new pieces and favorite basics in the right side of my Rimowa luggage, then my steamer, toiletries, jewelry, and shoes in the left. My rule is to put all the soft items in the right side of the suitcase and all of my hard items in the left so nothing gets damaged while travelling.
DC: I pack by clothing categories. First, I pack tees first, and then shirts, and then pants. I make sure to bring a few options to play with, because there are always occasions you can't anticipate. For Fashion Week, I make a checklist of the key items that I would need, so I know what kind of looks I can create for each day and event.
What do you always pick up at the duty free?
DC: I am a loyal shopper at the beauty department. I’m always shopping for face masks, hydrating serums, and moisturizers to replenish my skin after long flights.
TL: I love the beauty department, too. I always make sure to pick up Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair, Sulwhasoo masks, Dior Lip Glow and Lip Maximizer.