Celebrity Style Guru: Angelina Jolie
Packing in one last exotic vacation before your due date? Is living with your family in a different country—or on an entirely different continent—your idea of the ultimate adventure? Was the first picture you took of your baby his passport photo? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then your style guru is Nomad Mama, Angelina Jolie.
Since giving birth to daughter Shiloh in May 2006, in Namibia, Africa, Jolie and her partner, Brad Pitt, have lived with their children in such locales as Los Angeles, India, and New Orleans. The always-on-the-move mom is a licensed pilot and a UN Goodwill Ambassador who tours political trouble spots around the globe.
In step with her active lifestyle, Jolie's maternity clothes were simple and travel-friendly. She stuck to a basic uniform of black knit pants or skirt topped with a form-fitting T-shirt—low-key clothes that can look fresh even after a long flight.
Jolie dresses her kids in similar no-frills styles. Little girls Zahara and Shiloh usually wear neutral-colored clothes and sturdy shoes that are playground-ready. Jolie's son, Maddox, also sports such ready-for-action duds as camouflage pants and layered vintage T-shirts. And no doubt, Jolie's newest family addition, son Pax Thien, will follow suit, enjoying comfortable, practical, and stylish childwear.
Nomad Mama Travel Tip: For globe trekkers like Jolie, there are several precautions to consider before traveling to foreign destinations with small children. In addition to packing clothes, toys, and diapers for your next out-of-country trip, the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advises parents to bring along a supply of safe water and snacks; waterless, alcohol-based hand sanitizer; child-safe hand wipes; and a water- and insect-proof ground sheet for outdoor play.
Because many countries do not provide the same type and quality of children's medications and childcare products, the CDC also recommends that parents also pack essentials such as baby formula and their children's medications.