Packing Tips and Tricks

August 16, 2016

Top ten packing hacks to help you master the art of a perfectly packed suitcase.

American Tourister

American Tourister suitcase

1. Invest in a suitcase

Nothing will make the task of packing easier than finding a suitcase with all the right features. The American Tourister 77cm Zavis is my favourite.

  • It’s lightweight. A case weighing a few extra kilos might mean that you won’t be able to pack your favourite shoes, or even result in an expensive ‘oversized baggage’ fine.
  • It’s easy to transport with wheels. It’s so effortless to zip around without having to locate an airport trolley.
  • It has a protective casing made from polycarbonate. This is a must as there is nothing worse than finding your toiletries have exploded all over your clothes and electronics.
  • Useful zip compartments to separate items and keep your suitcase neat throughout the journey.
  • It’s bright blue so I can identify it immediately on the carousel amongst the ubiquitous black luggage.
  • In-built lock to keep your items safe and secure.


2. Keep an eye on the time

Everyone knows packing last minute is the surest way to over pack. By writing a list in advance you will cut back on unnecessary items. Keeping track of the time is one of the most important parts of travelling, missing a flight is an expensive mistake. Wearing a watch is the first step to being a timely stylish person. I like to travel with my elegant Daniel Wellington classic St Mawes leather strap timepiece in rose gold.

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The Daily Edited bag

3. Small bag for important items

You need one safe place to keep your phone, passport, credit cards, cash and boarding passes on your person. An easy, secure over the shoulder bag that is easy for you to access and keeps your arms free to focus on other tasks. I use my monogrammed The Daily Edited mini cross body bag in a mist grey; it’s stylish, practical and fits easily into my carry on luggage once I’ve boarded the flight. The Daily Edited have a variety of designs suited to the fashion-conscious traveller.

4. Roll with it

Rolling your clothes instead of folding them makes your clothing items more compact and will save room in your case. Plus, it prevents them from creasing. Also, try rolling precious items inside your clothes as a great way of keeping them safe.

 5. Choose your shoes wisely

No more than three pairs, please. One pair for comfortable walking (i.e. your trusty Converse), one for everyday chic and one pair for looking your best. A simple trick is to wear the heaviest pair on the plane to save luggage weight.

travel sized items

6. Travel sized items

Have a special travel makeup kit pre-packed at the ready so you can just grab and go. Essentials include; travel sized items from roll on perfume, moisturisers and hydrating lip balm to battle in-flight dryness, classic mascara, bb cream for easy coverage, lip gloss and dry hair shampoo. These beauty essentials will keep you looking glamorous wherever you are.

What’s in my grab ‘n’ go makeup kit?

Jo Malone ‘Mimosa and Cardamom’ 30 ml parfum / Opi nail-polish in ‘Big Apple Red’ / Lancome Miracle Cushion Compact in ‘Beige Rose’ / Aesop Jet Set Kit / Lancome Juicy Shaker in ‘Cherry Symphony’ / Lancome Grandoise Mascara / Aesop Resurrection hand balm / Smashbox Camera Ready bb Cream / Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 in ‘Mint’ / Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream / L:A Bruket Coconut Lip Balm / Byredo Roll on Oil  ‘Gypsy Water’ Parfum 

7. Pack a scarf

I could go on forever about the virtues of travelling with a scarf. Packing a few colourful scarfs is a lightweight solution to completely change the look of an outfit. They’re also useful for using a shawl if you’re cold on the flight, ruffling up to create makeshift pillows on train, as a nifty blind fold if you need to sleep on the road and a necessity of you’re travelling to places that require a certain level of modesty.

8. Hold onto your hat

In the summer they keep the sun off your face, the winter they keep you warm and a hat will jazz up any outfit. Best of all, after a long haul flight or, holidaying in extreme humidity or after few days on the road without a good shower – you can cover up that terrible mess your hair has become.

Fuji XT1 and lens

9. Invest in the ultimate travel camera

It’s lightweight, compact and gives you all the creative control you need; read my review of the ultimate travel camera here.

10. Always leave a bit of space in the bag

You never know what treasures you’ll find on your travels. Make sure that you leave enough room in your case so that you don’t have to part with that beautiful, once-in-a-lifetime object that will forever remind you of your amazing holiday.
American Tourister suitcase bondi

Photographer: Giselle Rosselli / Assistant Photographer: Timothy R. Hart / Art Director & photographer: Eddie Hart

This feature was in collaboration with American Tourister and Daniel Wellington. My opinion is, and will always be, my own. The Portmanteau Press only includes content that aligns with the aesthetic, standard and values of the brand.

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  • Reply Cassandra August 23, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Great post Eddie! Lots of wonderful travel tips here 🙂 there is always the debate of how best to pack your clothes in in the suitcase to save space! – I am with you though, roll away! x

    • Eddie Hart
      Reply Eddie Hart August 26, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      Thanks Cass, I’m so glad you enjoyed the article! Although stressful, packing is almost always fun because it’s the beginning of the adventure. Unpacking is the worst haha! Not long till I see you. You must be getting so excited!! xxx

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