Check the weather for your destination, before you launch into your wardrobe and reach for your favourite items. There is no point thinking you have it right if you are 10 degrees out.
Know your luggage restrictions. If you are flying, weigh your bag. Most airlines allow around 7kgs as carry-on/cabin baggage. If you are going on a road trip, consider what other goodies you are lugging with you and make sure the bag you plan to take will fit in the boot. It’s easier than finding a larger car….
Write a packing list. Think clothing, accessories, toiletries, medications, electronics, reading material, a camera, city guides…
Start packing from your feet. Travelling involves walking and often changes in climates, your feet need support whether they are on show or not. Will you need flats, flip-flops, boots, heels, wedges, or walking shoes? Regardless of what you take, a good tip is to wrap shoes in disposable shower caps, then pack them in the bottom of your bag.
Go with colour schemes that mix and match. Dark colours are great paired with lighter coloured accessories. Plan by outfits so you don’t have to put things together when you are at your destination. I always lay everything on my bed, then, have some fun and start trying everything on. Check the look in the mirror and often, I take away half of what I initially laid out.
Layering is great for versatility and fickle weather. Traveling with a wrap, poncho, scarf or cardigan will always spruce up your look and keep you climate ready. They will also come in very handy in an air-conditioned cabin! My favourite is our Pilar Wrap cardigan and silk cashmere long sleeve t-shirt. I don’t go anywhere without them.
Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise. We are talking jewellery, hats, belts, scarves, to make your outfits. These items are most important as they give you flexibility and keep you from looking boring. My favourites are our Jet Set travel scarf, it doubles as a plane blanket, triangular frill wraps, you can wear it four different ways and a universal rib scarves as it is easy to fit in your handbag or coat pocket.
Don’t forget your underwear. Pack enough (!) in a soft cotton bag so they are easy to find and in one place. If you don’t have a suitable bag, again reach for the plastic zip-lock bag.
Keep toiletries in clear zip lock bags. Using travel sizes (100ml or less) and remember you can always buy toiletries at any destination. Pack at the bottom of your bag to avoid leakages through your clothes.
OK, so now how to pack everything! Remember to roll (rather than fold) to keep clothes light and less creased. If you want to fold, then use compression travel bags or (again) zip-lock bags so that you can keep the air and bulk out.