I used to only have to travel for pleasure – well if I put aside my incompetent packing and naturally poor travel ability that is! But you know I have improved a lot with my packing skills and picked up a few tips that work to make it easier physically. In recent years, I’ve had to travel abroad for work which is always challenging when children have to be looked after and organised. As my 3 grow older, it’s become easier in some ways but more difficult in others so I’m not sure where we stand at the moment on that front!
Recently I had to travel long haul for basically a long weekend which meant I only needed a cabin bag. I did not have much time to plan my packing but it worked out alright in the end mainly because I had learnt to simplify so many things already.
I always start with shoes, listing down where my feet have to go: this time I will be using the hotel’s swimming pool, a long meeting and enjoying a bit of easy sightseeing (not mountain climbing like here!). Secondly, what will I need to carry which helps me choose a bag.
- pool flip flops – I don’t wear these off the beach or pool area
- Marni low heeled sandals – smart enough and appropriate for the meeting and location’s climate
- Metallic leather ballet flats – travel shoes – I always wear closed toe shoes when travelling
Of course comfort goes without saying now, right?
Next I think about the outerwear that I have to wear when traveling to the airport. I almost always choose a knit jacket and this time, a light one was enough.
- light knit jacket
- 2 pairs of softly tailored trousers
- 3 tops
- 90cm Hermes silk scarf (part of my travel outfit)
- necklace and cuff in addition to my usual jewellery
- navy softly tailored trousers
- black synthetic tee
- beige knit jacket
- 90cm scarf – very early morning start
- metallic leather ballet flats
- silk print sarong
- I generally always pack at least skirt and/or dress because I do prefer wearing them in warm or hot weather and even if I don’t get to wear these during the day, I like to use them in the evenings for dinner or just to change out of day’s outfit
- to simplify, I always wear the same outfit flying out and back home again.
- I don’t underestimate the change of outfit needed in a day if the weather is very warm or hot because it’s just a lot more comfortable to wear clean clothes afterall
- generally, I don’t like to spend time washing clothes when I’m away but I’ve come around to washing the odd tee shirt on this trip
Thanks for reading!