Packing light is the most comfortable way to go when traveling. Rifling through your suitcase at the check-in desk does not set the tone for a stylish and relaxing trip. The best situation is hand luggage only, being able to stroll out through the exit instead of waiting at the carosel earns you some extra vacation time.
I picked up my travel-lite secrets from traveling for work, in these situations we all want to be in and out of the airport as fast as possible. Most of us don’t relish the task of packing, these tried and tested tips uncover the secret to traveling light but with style.
TRAVEL WITH HAND LUGGAGE ONLY
The bigger the suitcase the more you put in it, pack smart using a small yet space efficient carry-on (with wheels) and you’re a winner. Department stores offer a selection of small cases that meet airline requirements for hand luggage. Any decent airline will have an on board carry-on allowance of one bag, include a cross strap bag for essentials like passport and wallet, with enough room to add small items from your suitcase such as cosmetics or chargers.
With a 10 year guarantee and worldwide delivery the Kin by John Lewis 2-Wheel 55cm Cabin Suitcase is great value for money at £49/73€.
WEAR YOUR BIGGEST PIECES IN TRANSIT
I always wear the bulkiest pieces such as shoes, belt or a jacket when I travel, freeing up valuable suitcase space. Wearing your smarter outfit option in transit increases the opportunity of a free upgrade. Never travel with full size cosmetics, either decant or buy travel sizes.
ALWAYS PACK A VERSATILE WARDROBE
Plan each days outfits ahead of time and include versatile pieces that can be worn in different settings. I often pack a cool pair of sandals that can be worn with shorts during the day and again with casual trousers in the evening. Anything monochromatic makes recombining pieces much simpler. If you are happy to splurge on luxuries then take advantage of the hotel’s laundry service, you can wash the essentials to be worn again and leave space for anything new you might pick up along the way.
GET SMART WITH YOUR TECH
My Apple MacBook Air 13′ weighs in at under 1.5 kg and has all the functionality I need when I’m abroad, for everything else I use my i phone. The Bowers & Wilkins P3 Foldable Headphones have heat sensitive, memory foam pads that mould themselves to the shape of your ears which helps drown out any noise from other passengers during the flight.