Well, no more my friends! After years of packing for my clients I have cleverly unlocked a few key secrets to always travelling with a stylish wardrobe using only one medium sized suitcase.
- Pick a color palette. I love to travel with neutral colors and some black for the evening. Others love navy blues and whites, gray and pastels also work great. Remember too many colors equal too many items equal too much weight & stress.
- Know your itinerary, then mix and match. Every piece matters, so please don’t pick the dress that is uncomfortable and is scratchy. Unless you are going to Cannes Film Festival, travelling is not the time to whip out your “Complicated” outfits. You are not going to make a fashion statement on the red carpet. Instead you are going to pick out a wardrobe that makes you feel relaxed, calm, happy, beautiful and that is easy to figure out.
For a typical two week city trip:
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Find luggage that is small, but can fit a lot of pieces in.
Lightweight and most of all has those super smooth swivel wheels, so that you can maneuver that behemoth of a structure with your pinky! Making it look so effortless to travel, (Unlike the lady pictured here).
- I like the Samsonite 29’ soft suitcase. These soft suitcases are super light and have expanding capacities. They are also somewhat reasonable and sometimes you can find them at TJ Max for under $100! They come with a 10 year warranty too.
- Rimowa Salsa Deluxe bag for some pizazz. This bag is lightweight, durable, maneuvers beautifully, looks sleek and holds an unbelievable amount of clothing for such a compact case.
- Tumi creme-de-la crème - This is an incredible piece of luggage, but it will cost you an arm and a leg, however the big plus is that it has a lifetime warranty. Tumi also make unique style luggage. This is one of my favorites, if you travel a lot for business, they have the “garment bag” style suitcase.
By the time you have finished your work at the office, arranged for your pets to be taken care of, house to be watched over, bags packed & kids are ready to go, the last thing you want to think about is what you are going to wear on the plane.
My mom taught me when I was a kid to have a “travel uniform”. This way you never have to think about it and you are always comfortable and looking good.
Key rule is to always layer in the air: The temperatures are forever changing, so all you need to do is peel off or layer up, as you need.
Make sure your layered “travel uniform” has your bulky pieces, so that way you don’t over load your luggage.
My staple is black Ponte Pant (A must for every wardrobe). They are stretchy, but look so flattering. They will also work well for evening dinners paired with Heels. Opt for ankle length cigarette leg pant that has some stretch in a dark color.
This is not the time to wear flimsy yoga pants and never wear a belt. It will just slow you down during airport security.
Next comes a “boyfriend cardigan” or a tunic-length pullover sweater in lightweight wool or cashmere. It should be long enough to cover your rear end, especially if you are wearing leggings. Underneath, I suggest a loose cotton T-shirt or shirt with a shirt-tail hem (longer in back). If the cabin is overheated, you can lose the sweater and still look great, when you get up to use the restroom.
My Key travel companion is an oversized cashmere or a fine-gauge wool scarf, which pulls the look completely together. Bonus is, it can be used as a blanket during the flight or worn as a wrap, over a cocktail dress when you’ve reached your destination.
Trench or Leather Jacket
Depending on where you are traveling to and what you will be doing, wear your outerwear on the plane, so that you have extra space in your suitcase. A Waterproof trench or a Puffer Coat, which is also lightweight and rolls up to serve double-duty as a pillow! I also love travelling with a soft versatile leather jacket.
Get ready for the Shoe Strategy. Wear your pair of flat slip-on type shoe. They are so much easier to kick on & off, when you have to get up and walk around. Don’t forget to wear liner socks—the kind you can’t see—so that you don’t have to walk barefoot, when going through the metal detector.
Unless you are lucky to be travelling in upper class, do remember to take your neck pillow and an extra T-shirt in the event your “kiddo” spills their drink on you.
You will need a nice big Tote to carry all your things on the plane; you can double it up as a shopping tote during your trip. If you are going on a beach holiday opt for a canvas tote. I pack my scarf, book or kindle, snacks and extras.
Don’t forget your must read book. Easy reading on the Plane: Ariana Huffingtons book – The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time – not very sexy but this was one I needed and highly recommend!
- Firstly lay out your different outfit combinations and take photos of them. That way we can plan your very own holiday look book and you will have them on your phone. The other great thing is that you will know what you took with you on vacation, and hopefully you won’t leave anything behind.
- Next time you are buying clothes, ask them for some extra tissue paper. Use the extra tissue paper in-between your layers of packing. I like to layer the paper between delicate blouses or dresses. It helps prevent creasing and also protects your special pieces. I also like to separate my fluffy cashmere tops from everything else with the tissue paper.
- Any sort of liquids, be sure to put in a waterproof toiletry bag or plastic zip locker bag.
- Aim to keep your clothes flat and level. When folding a shirt, I like to lie the shirt flat with the front of the shirt facing down (away from you) then fold the top of the shirt from the collar, back, the arms back and then the bottom of the shirt. That way, the bulk of the shirt is flat & creaseless.
- You can even fill you’re the insides of your shoes with small things.
- Put your shoes in last and always put them in shoe bags. You might have to pack them on the sides of your suitcase, remember your aim is to keep your bag flat, so you try to avoid the “mountain” from happening.
- Cosmetics: Be sure to always collect your favorite samples, whenever you buy products. These samples are ideal when you are travelling. If you don’t have the crazy sample bag, be sure to buy small plastic bottles to create smaller sized shampoos and cleansers – thus keeping your luggage light and small.
- Wear your bulky pieces on the plane.
- Pack your clutch and use your tote for travelling.
- Have a small, easy to grab passport wallet, so you don’t have to spend time looking for your passport and boarding pass.
Favorite Must have Travel cosmetics:
La Metier de Beaute – Hydra-plump Lip Serum. Keep this in your bag at all times. This little wonder keeps your lips nicely hydrated and has the technology to plump them up!
I also keep a pack of eye masks in my bag. Since my daughter never sleeps on the plane, I have to preserve my youth, so I put these little wonders on my eyes an hour before I land.
La Metier de Beaute replenishing oil cleanser leaves my skin so soft and clean. It also smells divine! The bottle is a bit big for travel, so you will need some samples sizes or mini containers for this. But it treats dehydrated skin instantly.
After a few days in the sun, wearing sunscreen, I have skin that breaks out easily, so I keep my skin in check with this awesome grapefruit deep pore cleanser by Verabella.
Oh and I never leave home without the magic of my Clarisonic Travel brush, Mia Fit
Hydrate your skin with Le Metier de Beaute, Ultimate Hydrator. It is literally water for your skin. My skin truly loves it and the best is, I don’t break out at all!
I cannot travel without the Verabella Mint mask, because I use this as an emergency pimple zapper. I am not joking. Just dab on those pimples in the evening until morning and you’ll thank me later.
I keep my make up to a minimum. I love these new Lancome Juicy shaker – they act like a stain with a slight gloss. Super fun.
To ensure a very relaxed hairdo sans hair dryer, Try a salt spray.