Deb’s off travelling this week so we thought we’d share with you her tips for hassle-free travel.
This article originally appeared in Virgin Voyeur Magazine.
You’ve got the dates blocked out in your diary, confirmed flights, hotels and cars. This is the trip you’ve been daydreaming about, particularly as you’ve worked longer hours than ever and your short straw has been whittled down to a stubble of hay!
As the weeks get closer, you start to cram in all the things you need to do to cover your time away, realising there is no actual free time anymore. If you want to run away to a beach resort or ski down a snow packed mountain…then you’d better double up to cover the deficit.
The days tick by, the list gets longer…until finally it’s the night before you fly out. You’re excited, you put your favorite happy music on and spoil yourself with a celebratory glass of champagne. Then it hits you like a wet mop, the daunting task of filling an empty suitcase that requires your complete and undivided attention.
This is the part I struggle with the most because for some inexplicable reason, no matter how long or short the trip, I have to physically try on every single outfit from top to toe, complete with accessories…the whole catastrophe. I keep telling myself, it doesn’t matter, relax Deb you’re on holiday! But how can I step out, head held high if my new burnt caramel wedges don’t have a belt to match, and with the silver cuff that highlights that fab buckle?? Guys, stop rolling your eyes!!
Enough of my rambling pre-getaway thoughts, let’s get down to business.
First up – double check your weather apps to understand what wardrobe essentials to pack. Baggage weight limits are reducing, so err on the side of caution when it comes to over packing, bearing in mind the clothing souvenirs you’ll pick up along the way.
Avoid ironing and stick to light weight fabrics and knits that mix and match and layer easily for temperature control. I learnt years ago that by rolling my clothes, instead of the normal folding they arrive in better condition and may only need to be hung up for creases to fall out.
Try to choose your wardrobe around a limited colour palette as it will make accessorising so much simpler. I remember packing for a 10 day work trip and only selecting clothes in black/white & stone. It made choosing shoes a breeze…high heels, flat slides and my trusty Converse One stars! Because shoes take up so much room….make sure your choices are versatile and use shoe bags. Another old trick is using vacuum/compression bags for things like underwear, socks and swimwear. They roll into nothing and squeeze into tight suitcase corners.
It’s the awkward stuff that can eat up precious room, things like toiletries, hairdryers, IT chargers etc Go light, check hotels for decent hairdryers, source travel sizes or sample packs for shampoo’s etc. Don’t weigh yourself down with heavy books, think ahead and download what you need.
Finally, to make the flight as comfortable as possible, wear relaxed clothing with plenty of stretch, take ear plugs, travel socks and an eye mask. Women should pop in a pashmina/wrap as some flights can be chilly and guys be sure to include a comfy sweater.
Remember, once you’ve sent your bag down the shute, it’s out of your hands, so just relax. Anything you’ve left behind is just another reason to start shopping. Isn’t that what holidays are for?