jessica-springsteen

How I Travel: Jessica Springsteen

The equestrian and model packs light and has a morning ritual.

Between keeping up with her career as an elite equestrian and starring in a Ralph Lauren campaign, Jessica Springsteen is constantly on the move. She recently returned from the Longines Masters of Paris, where she competed in show jumping. On her trips, the New Jersey native balances the hard work of cross-training, photo shoots, and riding with taking advantage of the culture of the city. Here, Springsteen shares her top summer travel tips.

1. Pack the essentials.
“Since I’m usually on the go, I do have to pack light. My must-haves are sunscreen, deodorant, and a water bottle. It’s so important to protect your skin and hydrate, especially in summer heat.”

2. Find a way to unwind.
“My mind is most relaxed when I’m riding. It’s a great escape. A good long run helps clear my head, too.”

3. Fuel yourself well.
“I like to start my day with a cup of hot water and lemon or an iced coffee with almond milk, followed by some form of protein. Because I’m often on the go, I like to grab something easy, like a Quest Bar or an avocado, for a mid-morning snack.”

4. …but treat yourself in moderation. 
“I generally eat healthy, but I believe it’s important to give into your cravings.”

5. Return to favorite haunts.
“Paris is one of the most magical places I’ve visited. I always love returning to the city. 
Recently I had some downtime and went to the Louvre.”

6. Have a summer uniform.
“In the summer, I keep it pretty casual. I’m almost always in sandals and jean shorts with a Ralph Lauren polo shirt or a light dress.”