I love packing for a holiday. There’s something about pulling all the clothes out and planning and visualising yourself in a foreign city. I could be exploring ruins, climbing mountains, relaxing under palm trees, seeing snow for the first time. (I’m from Western Australia and this morning there was ice on my windscreen, that’s about how cold it gets here in winter...)
If I’m not packing, then I’m thinking about what to pack. For me, I like my comforts, so one of the most important parts for me is the carry on. First class is really not in my budget, so it's important to make economy feel as luxe as possible. Perhaps carry on is all you're taking? I do that too, it’s a great idea.
The ideal carry on is where you hardly notice it…it’s comfortable for dashing around transfer airports, and you have exactly what you need on hand.
In March I spent two weeks in Chicago. 12 hours to Doha, 14 hours to Chicago. Just over an hour to do stop over. On top of that, my boyfriend was picking me up so I wanted to look as fabulous as possible.
Not to brag but…I nailed the carry on. My trick is what I call the 3 Piece Carry On.
First you’ll have your large carry on bag. This is your big piece. In it I pack a spare change for the other end, plus some mini toiletries to jazz myself up when I arrive.
INSIDE this big bag, you have your midi bag. It's a babushka set of bags. In the midi bag will be the stuff you want for in flight. Your tablet, kindle, that unattractive but supremely comfortable neck cushion, some snacks. Try to remember what you actually did last time you were on a flight- if you read books that's great, pack them (or a Kindle). If you're like me, you just need earphones, sleeping pills and a soft pashmina.
Your third bag should fit inside your medium bag. I use a small clutch bag (which doubles as my handbag when travelling), or travel wallet. It carries your passport, papers, phone…the essentials that you'll need for a stress free check in.
I divide everything into these three bags, and it works perfectly. You can carry around one bag generally, have a small bag on the plane at my feet, and have everything on hand when you need it most.
Now relax! Enjoy the experience of jet setting in comfort.