…the Art of Packing
Packing is, of course, quite an art – and it may take years to master. My motto, developed after extensive experience travelling in first class, (and once at the back of an open truck with some rather suspicious looking goats for company.)
As I were saying my motto, developed after extensive travelling experience:
Never carry a suitcase bigger than you are.
You will be surprised how many people do.
I simply love the anticipation of travel, dont you? Before we start I need to come clean about the true state of my luggage. I am afraid my suitcases did not come from Louis Vuitton. I bought my travel cases from a stall in Tottenham Court road. (the stall is just opposite Habitat, but there are many other similar kiosks dotted around London.) They were inexpensive and have successfully accompanied me to my lengthy trips in exotic foreign lands; as well as those taxing weekends away visiting the in-laws..
Personalised with some pink wings….
My (very) generic Tips
(I will download a PDF when I work out how to do it so keep checking)
Rule#1: Go business class or even first! review: flying with British Airways club class) read this if you are thinking of booking a flight any time soon.
Rule#2: Pack small hand luggage only for short haul. So much easier than wasting time checking in and out. This will take practice, not for complete beginners!
Rule#3: making exhaustive lists & designing outfits in advance. It’s best to have one really good outfit with the right accessories, to suit the occasion and the weather.
Generic list for a few days in a spa hotel….
Keeping to a limited colour palette will really help. My current colours: washed denim, sky blue, white(s) and smoky grey/black.
Think exclusive boutique selection, rather than Primark megastore.
Swimming gear (including pool cover up)
iPad (can be left behind if you can bear it)
Aromatherapy Oils (spa choice: lavender & petitgrain)
Intensive hair masque
(Give my poor hair a break and leave the curling iron back home!)
Cream for intense hydration (face)
Boots (for walking, hiking, sightseeing)
Cashmere twin set (for chilly evenings)
Pristine & easy to wash t-shirts ( do not pack old t shirts past their sell by date. Far too many British people do that and wear old misshapen t shirts on holiday)
Socks (if going somewhere warm just one set for the flight)
Underwear ( a few sets, but easy enough to hand wash at night)
Silk Night dress/lounge pants
Dresses (so much easier than separates! Current selection silk shift dress, cotton shift dress & jersey maxi. See photo of my maxi here)
Accessories to work the dresses above. (Simple & chic earrings and cuffs)
Book to read / use iPad or kindle?
Watercolour set to create?
Antibacterial hand wash
…and of course with pets, making suitable arrangements to ensure they are also having a nice time.
More packing lists to follow: weekend in Paris, chalet break, yoga retreat, fortnight by the sea, horseriding holiday, grouse shooting, Highland castle break…
What is your travelling/packing style?