What RuPaul Can’t Travel Without

The most famous drag queen in the world, RuPaul, has collected three Emmys for hosting the reality competition “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” and is a singer and author to boot. His latest book, “GuRu,” a collection of essays with a forward by Jane Fonda, was just published by Harper Collins.

RuPaul Andre Charles and his husband, Georges LeBar, split their time between New York, California and their Wyoming ranch, a peripatetic lifestyle that RuPaul has embraced ever since he was a teenager. “I packed a bag when I was 15 years old and I’ve never unpacked it,” he said. “I knew from day one I was going to hit the road and never stop.”

A recent vacation saw the couple zipping around the West. “We stayed for three nights at the Hotel California, which is absolutely fabulous. It’s designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, whom I’ve known for about 24 years, and it is so gorgeous. And then we hired an air taxi to take us to Las Vegas where we stayed at the Mandarin Oriental.” Vegas, he says, “is fabulous if you know how to do it. Two nights is the limit.” Rather than hit the casinos, “we shop at the Crystals shopping center, and eat, and see shows and do zero gambling.”

RuPaul is a minimal packer, but he does shop when he travels, often shipping the clothes he buys home, or to his next destination, rather than packing them. He doesn’t check luggage ever, because, in his words, “Ain’t nobody got time for baggage claim.”