“Get away at any age” is how the campaign of Away sounds like. With the new launch of their 7-piece kids carry-on collection, ’90s supermodel Devon Aoki and her three kids are the featuring stars of the campaign. The kids carry-on is a sized down version of the grown up model, and is prone to stay by through all your kids’ travels and adventures. For the price of $195, the bag is packed with a battery that charges any phone or tablet, a shell that never breaks and an adjustable handle so that they don’t have to do it all by themselves.
So why Devin Aoki for this campaign? Couldn’e be easier! She’s a famous model from the ’90s, now with three kids of her own- Hunter, Alessandra and Eleanor-, all under the age of 6, and who knows traveling better than models? They are some of the most seasonal travellers and never cease moving from one place to the other. Sometimes drafting between continents, they are often more away than at home.
For her part in the Away campaign, Devon has worked with photographer David Mushegain and had her kids play and pose in front of the camera just the same way as she used to in her teens. Aoki recalls: “I’ve been traveling since I was around 15 years old actually, when I started modeling. Travel as a model is a huge, huge piece of the pie. At that time, I had a duffel bag or some heavy or old piece of luggage that probably weighed as much as the stuff inside.”
Exclusively for Vogue magazine, the supermodel has shared some of her secrets when it comes to traveling with kids:
Garlic oil for ears, iPads loaded up and ready to go, noise-canceling headphones, workbooks, coloring pencils, Shade sunblock (developed for surfers, the best ever), and a backgammon board—my son is obsessed.
The Key to Traveling with Kids
A handful of good books. For 3-years-old and younger: Goodnight Moon, Pat the Bunny, anything by Richard Scarry, Go, Dog. Go! For over age 5: The Giving Tree, Peter Pan, or anything by Shel Silverstein.
Packing for Little Ones
I think it comes down to comfort. There are some brands that are great at combining comfort with serious cute appeal, and the kids never need to upgrade clothes before dinner. I like Paul Smith for boys, [as well as] Moschino, Molo, and Adidas. For girls I like Petit Bateau, Mayoral, and Bonpoint.
The real key to packing is the suitcase you pick. Some cases are heavy and fit very little. You want a case that is light, has four wheels, and can accommodate lots of items. My kids love the initial personalization on their Away cases and the fact that you can charge your iPad while you are waiting to check your bag.
Tips for Overcoming Jetlag
Lots of water and no salty foods before you travel. I also like to take a wellness shot with ginger and turmeric before and after flights.