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Martha Stewart’s traveling essentials


    “I’m pretty organized about it,” said Martha Stewart on packing. “It’s just time-consuming. Even in my own houses I always want something that’s not there, so I’m always packing.”

Martha Stewart keeps famously busy. She is a host of “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party,” now in its second season on VH1. Her latest book, “Martha Stewart’s Slow Cooker,” was published in August, and she started her own wine company in the spring.

Work keeps her on the move; she travels at least once a month.

“I try to make that work trip always pleasurable in that I look for a new restaurant or something to see,” she said. “I’ve recently been to Detroit twice and discovered quite a few very nice places that I hadn’t visited before.”

And she is never tempted to lounge in bed and order room service.

“I find the best breakfast place in town,” she said. “In Detroit I found Astro Coffee, that’s such a good place. And I found Detroit Institute of Bagels, and I did a whole blog on how to make a bagel and ate a delicious bagel sandwich. That’s what I really do when I travel.”

Despite so much travel, she’s slow at packing.

“I’m pretty organized about it,” she said. “It’s just time-consuming. Even in my own houses I always want something that’s not there, so I’m always packing.”

Here’s what she takes on every trip:

Wardrobe changes

“I’m not a light packer, so I will definitely pack enough variety of clothing to cope with weather, events and surprises. I’m not embarrassed to take two suitcases. My carry-on is the largest possible that will fit into the compartment. I really love the Rimowa luggage. I’ve actually Instagrammed me with seven suitcases when I had to go out and do my show with Snoop. I had 20 wardrobe changes.”

Three iPads

“One’s just for books, one’s for TV show series and one’s for movies. I load them up with enough movies so that I have one per day. I don’t sleep well on land, so I like to watch movies in the night. I have three because I’m always running out of space. I don’t like erasing all my movies.”


“I always take a very comfortable shawl, a shahtoosh (hers is a cashmere scarf often called by the same name as the version made from Tibetan antelope hair). They weigh almost nothing, and they’re as warm as a down comforter. It’s paper thin, it goes through a wedding ring.”

Workout gear

“I take a workout outfit so I can go to the gym in the hotel, with good footwear. I oftentimes take my Pilates ring and my yoga strap and a block to do stuff in my room if there’s no gym. I work out every day when I travel.”


“If it’s a long flight, I’ll take some very good food that I know I’ll want to eat on the plane. I might make a delicious smoked salmon sandwich on seven-grain bread; I might take a tabbouleh salad. I take homemade yogurt with apple sauce. I try to avoid plane food most of the time. I just don’t find it very appetizing. And my hard-boiled eggs are just so much better than any eggs on the plane. They’re from my own chickens. I take them for everybody I’m traveling with.”


“I bring all my own bath things. A lot of hotels put out soaps with so much perfume; they’re awful. I wish they would do unscented high-quality soaps and things. I always bring my own soaps, like Dr. Orentreich’s silicon soap and Mario Badescu’s A.H.A. soap.”

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