For actor Scott Eastwood, travel is all about spontaneity.
The 33-year-old film actor and son of Clint Eastwood likes to keep a busy schedule, with several projects always in the works. When he chats with Fortune, for instance, he’s on set taking a break from filming Cash Truck, the latest flick from director Guy Ritchie, starring Jason Statham, due out later this year. And he is just weeks away from starting production on a thriller called The Manuscript, with Jamie Foxx.
“A surefire way to cancel a trip is to book a trip, for me,” Eastwood quips. “When I want to get up to something, I just go. Sometimes, there’s a complete lack of planning, and you just go. Even if it’s a trip that involves going around the world—something you normally plan—a lot of times you got to be scrappy about it and just go, because I just don’t know when I’ll get time off again.”
Last fall, Eastwood, who lives in the quiet beach city of Encinitas, Calif., took an impromptu weeklong drive with a friend to Baja California in Mexico.
“It was like a maiden voyage with him, and that was awesome,” Eastwood says. “That was great, to get away and do a sort of pseudo-camping, pseudo–road trip, all the while getting to swim with orca whales off the coast of Baja. Just the whole experience made me think, ‘Oh, man, I forgot how beautiful it is right in our backyard.’”
Whenever Eastwood travels, the actor says he likes to keep things “lean and mean”—to the point that he hasn’t checked in luggage in well over a decade.
Here are the five essentials the actor never travels without:
ISatPhone 2.1 satellite phone
“If you’re doing something right, you’re traveling with a sat phone,” Eastwood says. “That means you’re going to a place that people haven’t gone, and you’re really adventuring.”
To that end, Eastwood favors a device like the IsatPhone 2.1 satellite phone. Measuring 6.7 inches, the device works on the Inmarsat service with the antenna folded out. Besides being shock resistant, the device is IP65-rated for protection against dust and water, and functions in temperatures as low as negative four degrees Fahrenheit, and 95% humidity. Even more impressive? Battery life. It claims the longest life of any satellite phone with eight hours of talk time and 160 hours on standby. On top of calls, you can send and receive texts and emails, and there’s even an SOS function for 24/7 emergency assistance. SRP: $635.
Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones
While there’s no shortage of solid headphones on the market, Eastwood still prefers the classic sound profile—and noise-canceling savvy—of Bose headphones. And while the QuietComfort 35 headphones came out nearly three years ago, they remain one of the best options on the market.
“I love a good, warm pair of headphones, and it’s pretty hard to get away from Bose,” contends Eastwood. “They’re sort of, you know, they’ve been around for freaking a hundred years, and to me they’re the gold standard.” SRP: $249.
Neutrogena Age Shield Face Sunscreen with SPF 110
Eastwood never forgets to toss a bottle of sunscreen into his bag before he heads out on his next adventure, but he keeps it pretty simple. To that end, Neutrogena’s Age Shield Face Sunscreen blocks out UVA and UVB rays and doubles as a basic moisturizer, even for sensitive skin.
“I prefer my sunscreen on the somewhat heavier side for the tropics,” Eastwood says. “It’s a must when you’re, like, in deep Mexico or some such, so it sticks. I like the baked look.” SRP: $12.
Canada Goose Ventoux Parka Black Label
Founded nearly 60 years ago in a small warehouse in Toronto, Canada Goose has become a go-to brand for upscale travelers who prefer some luxury vibes with their down-filled jackets. The Ventoux parka was inspired by the classic bomber jacket, with ribbed cuffs, collar, and waistband.
“I love a pretty good Canada Goose jacket that rolls into, like, nothing, and it’ll keep you warm in fully freezing cold temps,” adds Eastwood. SRP: $850.
Made Here Socks
Last July, Eastwood and entrepreneur Dane Chapin launched Made Here, a line of shirts, boxers, socks, hats, and other accessories for men and women that pays tribute to the American worker with its designs and its U.S. manufacturing.
“Because it’s so cheap to make goods in other places that aren’t necessarily as regulated or have a much cheaper labor source, we forget about how important it is to do things like celebrating goods that are made here and to celebrate the workers who make them,” Eastwood says, adding that he’s heavily involved in every step of Made Here’s design and manufacturing process. “I’m all in—for all the good, or bad, or the ugly. I’m in it.” SRP: $14–$17.
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