One of the the questions I get the most is what are your packing tips? I’m a notoriously light packer and as you might have noticed, I spend a lot of time travelling. My ex taught me to pack super lean, always with just carry on… he couldn’t stand delaying our arrival at the end destination by waiting at some baggage carousel, not knowing if our luggage would even arrive. It was a good attitude that I’ve mostly adopted. My sister is also an expert packer, she’s taught me a lot about how to get every millimetre out of a suitcase which eventuated in me on a two week SAFARI with just carry on. If it’s possible for me, it’s possible for you. xHermione.
Try everything on before you go
Consider your destination, the weather and what you’ll actually be doing. Not the fantasy for your trip but the real, day to day plans for activities and events. if you don’t love it, don’t take it. I used to pack outfits with some vision in mind and then end up returning with a mostly untouched suitcase, having only worn what I’m most comfortable in. Now I take exactly what I know I’ll wear and feel confident in, even if that means reworking pieces day in day out and outfit repeating.
Roll or Lay Flat?
Whichever your preference, ‘roll’ with it. Lol. No, but seriously, you do you. I don’t think it matters, as long as you roll or lay flat your pieces considerately, using every inch of space.
Try packing cubes
Admittedly, I only recently learnt about packing cubes thanks to Antler and they are life changing. Not only do they have a compression zip which basically vacuum packs your clothing, but they allow you to organise everything as you wish. I organise mine into trousers & jeans, tops, formal outfits and intimates, or you can organise into outfits / sections of your trip / each child by colour way etc. Again, as you wish. Side note: this is extremely satisfying for those with OCD like me.
Stuff your shoes
I put socks and delicates in my shoes. I then put my shoes in either dust bags or if I’m really organised, shoe bags which protect the rest of my luggage. Here, you can see I am using Antler’s Chelsea shoe bag in black.
Avoid the fake tan explosion (been there, lost silk dresses) by carefully packing toiletries into ziplock bags and then collectively into waterproof wash bags.
I also try to reduce the amount of product I’m travelling with by downsizing my favourite lotions and serums etc. into small containers. Beauty product samples are obviously also great to travel with, as is buying miniature products at the airport pharmacy, after going through security.
Take a little black dress
I mostly dress monochrome and never travel without my favourite black dress… easy to dress up or down and the go to because you never know who you might meet and where you might end up. I always have a semi formal option with me and I can’t tell you how many times it’s been brought out for an unexpected occasion.
Wear all your jewellery
Everyone has a story of lost or delayed luggage delivery. I can’t recommend highly enough taking all of your valuables (and a change of clothing) on board with you, whether you’re flying long or short haul. In particular, I recommend wearing all of your jewellery so you never lose your most precious possessions.
If you see me in an airport, expect me to look like a bear. By wearing your biggest pair of shoes / boots and your coat (if necessary) on board, you’ll be able to take carry on anywhere in the world.
Leave space for shopping
You’ll inevitably end up with more at the end of your trip… I swear even when I don’t buy, my luggage takes up more space on the return journey.
I always like to have a little space in my bag on the outbound journey as it’s inevitably used on the way back. If it’s a destination that might tempt you to shop, I would include a flat packed bag that can be filled once you’ve done the damage and checked in for your return flight.
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