Packing the perfect suitcase – Bahrain Confidential July 2018

Spending most of my adult life living abroad has helped me to develop a number of very specialized skills. Most of them are related to long distance travel, and one of them is packing a perfect suitcase. I have to admit I’ve learned the hard way – whether it be dragging a two ton two wheeled case through the cobbled streets of Venice in full summer, or carting around a case full of cool weather clothes when all I really needed was a bikini and a passport. 
Sometimes a bikini is all you really need – boating in Antalya, Turkey
So here are my top 5 tips for packing perfectly…
1. Start with the suitcase. There’s nothing glamorous about toting around a tatty case, and buying budget is usually false economy so treat yourself to something decent. Delcey, Rimowa, Samsonite etc., preferably with a matchy matchy cabin bag. 4 wheels trump 2, and hard cases trickier to break into than soft.
Life’s too short for sh*tty suitcases and bags, even Mai knows that!
2. Plan your packing ahead of time. Download the weather app for your destination, analyze your itinerary and lay your chosen wardrobe (smalls, shoes and all) out to scrutinize carefully. Less is more here, so remove anything that you’re considering “just in case”.
3. Roll, don’t fold. Your clothes that is. You’ll fit more in, and they’ll crease less.
4. Keep it simple. This means nothing in your case that you couldn’t bare to lose, that’ll break if thrown about (because your case WILL be thrown about), or is likely to leak and wreck havoc on your holiday wardrobe.
Oh, and don’t forget the sunscreen!
5. Don’t check in any essentials. Keep your phone charger in your carry on, as well as lip balm, B.O. buster, a warm scarf that can double as a pillow and a good book. All of these make unexpected and lengthy delays in airport lounges just a teensy bit more tolerable.
Happy holidays! xx

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