Roll On - New World Packing Tips
The lasting impact of covid on the travel industry are queues and lost luggage so what better way to circumvent both by travelling light and taking only carry on luggage. With staff shortages reporting lost luggage, you might make the plane but your luggage may not have even been locked and loaded.
A key travel tactic has always been control what you can control. More than ever this now applies to luggage and ensuring your time in transit is accompanied with your luggage.
Whether you're heading to Europe or the Goldie you'll need to minimise clothing to roll on and off that plane.
Here’s our advice on what to pop in your 7 kgs of hand luggage.
1. Weigh your bag - I use a 1.2 kg Samsonite cabin bag
2. Wear your heaviest shoes - invest in another light-as-air pair of trainers - let’s face it, the world’s in love with them and heels after Covid just aren’t practical anymore
3. Cold to hot and hot to cold ain’t easy. AC on plane cabins is usually set at 20 degrees. You need a wrap or a scarf and cashmere is light, soft warm and practical. We call our supersoft cashmere scarves, a genie in a bottle. At 2 m long and a metre wide, there’s a myriad of ways to wear them.
4. Choose only natural fibres that breathe with your skin. Silk and cashmere neutrals such as our long sleeve T’s and tanks mixed with Merino slouchy zip pants that have a secure zip for your passport and boarding pass, are essential plane attire.
5. Play with colour palettes prior to leaving home. Lie everything out on the bed, and practice mixing and matching. A silk dress, is not just for night but can be layered with a tank, vest, scarf and belted. A fine knit traveller crew jumper is good for morning walks and evening cool.
6. Minimise toiletries and meds. Practice that look of appearing to wear makeup but not. It’s a lost easier to view it that way .Go natural for day and night. Eyeliner like Victoria Beckham and mascara with a natural powder. Moisturiser with sunscreen saves another tube. Forget shampoo and conditioner, you can buy it there.
8. Be ready to power up. Whether you're in transit and need to prove your health status, or fill in another form while in the queue before you board, you’ll need a backup power. Yes power packs are heavy so do the research and take the recharge cord. 9. Weigh up taking your favourite thing. Mine’s my Canon EOS. Might be lighter to use my iPhone.