Meet Amina Belouizdad. With an impressive pedigree starting with hotel development in China, real estate private equity investing in the US, and creating the perfect all-in-one bags (think backpack to tote to cross-body bag) for ladies on the web (make sure to check out Bartaile!) buckets her in the multi-faceted expertise lane. She speaks a handful of languages, holds two Finance degrees from McGill and Wharton, and is now holds the CCO position at the newly launched The Private Suite LAX (the most luxurious new private traveling experience). Amina is an expert global traveler and we had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with her and learn about her travel must-haves and tips.
What are your go-to wellness travel essentials?
I don’t wear much makeup in general, and when I travel I like to wear even less. I focus on hydration and exfoliation. So, I always pack Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse for hair and body, LaNeige Lip Sleeping Mask, Caudalie Beauty Elixir and the Goldfaden MD doctor’s scrub.
Check bags or carry-on?
If you check bags, we can’t be friends!
What are your top 3 Carry-On items you cant travel without?
I tend to pack with 1 or 2 color schemes in mind, so that everything goes together. All black and white is a no-brainer, but sometimes I’ll do blues and beiges too. Having said that, these are my must-packs:
- Running shoes for impromptu workouts
- LA Dodgers baseball cap (I have 3 of them!) for bad hair days and LA pride
- Leather jacket because it makes everything look better
Last trip you took?
In the last month I’ve been to New York (twice), San Francisco, Washington DC, Anguilla and Saint Barth’s.
What do you wear when you fly?
Black jeans by Mother, graphic tee that usually says something French, Chanel skate sneakers, and a cashmere cardigan.
Best airline snack or meal?
I try to not eat on planes (no matter the cabin!), and I always carry on a few giant bottles of Smartwater.
How do you avoid jet lag?
I fight to adjust! If I’m landing during the day, I’ll make sure I stay awake during the flight, no matter how painful it is. If you force yourself to adjust the first 24 hours, it gets much easier from there.
Can I have three? New York, Paris and London.
Kindle, iPad or book?
Book. I’m old school.:)