Post-pandemic vacations are coming. According to a recent study, over 70% of Americans are planning summer holidays.
‘If you want to get away from it all, don’t take it all with you,’ says Travel Expert Anne McAlpin.
The author of: Pack It Up, The Essential Guide to Smart Travel shares her best packing tips to avoid the biggest rookie mistake: bringing too many clothes, shoes and a hairdryer.
Away Chief Design Officer and Zero Halliburton Global CEO share their knowledge on first-rate luggage for maximum efficiency.
It’s go time: Post-pandemic vacations are coming. According to a recent study , over 70% of Americans are planning summer getaways
‘If you want to get away from it all, don’t take it all with you,’ says Travel Expert Anne McAlpin. Pack It Up: The Essential Guide to Smart Travel, $10.98; amazon.com
How to pack lighter:
For maximum efficiency, Anne exercises a 3:1 clothing ratio – three tops for every bottom.
‘This is my secret to packing in just a carry-on bag,’ reveals the expert who once did 21 days in a 21lb carry on bag with temperatures ranging from 35 to 90 degrees.
‘It will change the way you pack. Everything mixes and matches.’
To avoid excess, Anne advises sticking to a color palette of two basic shades like tan and black or navy and tan.
Bring your basics to life with colorful accessories. A scarf, clutch handbag and a great pair of heels can transform any look from day to night and don’t take up too much room in a luggage.
For a touch of bling, Anne suggests buying jewelry at your destination from a local craftsman. This also makes a great souvenir!
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Neutral colors: To avoid excess, Anne advises sticking to a color palette of two basic shades like tan and black or navy and tan
Don’t pack for “what if” scenarios and instead bring what you know you need.
Clothing that can be layered for warmth and easily removed when hot (like a cashmere sweater) is key, according to Anne.
Unless she’s taking a month-long trip and checking a bag, the author packs for a week and does laundry at her destination.
If you’re traveling somewhere and the itinerary calls for a variety of activities, Anne recommends bringing items that can fulfill more than one purpose, i.e. a pair of black stretch pants that are comfy enough for sightseeing but look appropriate for evenings out.
Avoid bulky: Clothing that can be layered for warmth and easily removed when hot (like a cashmere sweater) is key, according to Anne
Anne’s on board check list:
• Always a large scarf for warmth
• Water bottle
• Tech Kit: Mobile Power for smartphone, adapter, charging cables etc.
• Comfort Kit: Med size compression packing cube with:
• Masks, sanitizer wipes
• EC Inflatable Neck Pillow
• Inflatable Lumbar pillow
• Eye Shades & ear plugs
• Snacks – individually wrapped so less touch points: once I open it, I’m finished
• Eco-straw: so I can drink water without removing my mask
• Microfiber Travel Towel that can be used as a blanket and beach towel if needed
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Documenting your trip like a pro:
Instead of only seeing moments through your phone, feel them when on holiday and buy a post card!
‘I like to buy post cards, write my “journal notes” and notes to self while resting from seeing the sights in a café and then mail them to myself,’ shares Anne.
‘Organize by trip, or country at home with a hole punch and ribbon (or D ring).
‘Can be left out on coffee table for conversational starter and quick reference if a friends asks: what was the name of that great winery you raved about in Tuscany?’
The expert also suggest the app Polar Steps to log your travels, make notes and see your journey on their map.
‘The experience of travel is elevated even more with a smart-looking, reliable travel case by your side. We like to call it “the flight to quality”, says Zero Halliburton’s Global CEO, Tom Nelson. Pictured: Left: Continental Carry-On Case, $945; zerohalliburton.com. Right: Medium Travel Case, $1,095; zerohalliburton.com
‘We’re big believers in using internal packing cases and garment sleeves such as those in the ZH Packing System. These will keep your personal items well organized, less wrinkled and more protected’ Pictured: ZH Packing System Trio, $165; zerohalliburton.com
Choose the right luggage:
‘The experience of travel is elevated even more with a smart-looking, reliable travel case by your side. We like to call it “the flight to quality”, says Zero Halliburton’s Global CEO, Tom Nelson.
Zero Halliburton has been using aluminum as their primary material for their travel cases since 1938.
‘In addition to providing great strength and security, traveling with an aluminum case is an expression of distinctive personal style.
Tom believes that because the act of getting from point A to point B can often be stressful, the performance of your travel case should be a seamless extension of your journey.
He suggests focusing on the elements of a case that really matter, not the gimmicks.
‘For example, the wheel system should enable the case to glide fluidly next to you and withstand the rigors of travel whilst the retractable pull-handle should adjust easily to your preference and fit ergonomically in your hand.’
Size matters and selecting a case with the proper dimensions for your trip will also enhance your experience.
Zero Halliburton’s Global CEO suggests having at least one carry-on and one larger travel case readily available in your collection.
‘Our portable trunk makes for a unique check-in option. It offers maximum packing space in a slimmer silhouette that many find more comfortable to maneuver than the traditional large case shape.’
‘Quality luggage is all about the small details that make traveling more seamless,’ says Away’s Chief Design Officer, Cuan Hanly.
‘I’m partial to Away’s Bigger Carry-On, which features a lightweight polycarbonate shell and an optional removable battery to keep any USB device charged while on the go.
‘Every feature of our suitcases — a removable laundry bag, a compression pad to maximize how much you can fit inside, and our durable interior and exterior materials — is thoughtfully designed to increase functionality and ease.’
For efficiency, Cuan is also a big fan of packing cubes. ‘You can group your clothes by day or by destination, so you can avoid digging through your suitcase looking for that one specific item you need.’
Liquids: To protect belongings, especially while flying, I always separate toiletries. I’m a huge fan of Away’s Hanging Toiletry Bag to keep my essentials on-hand and safely packed. It’s constructed in water-resistant nylon and features a coated wipeable interior to easily clean spills. Pictured: The Hanging Toiletry Bag, $75; awaytravel.com
To cut down wrinkles:
To reduce wrinkles, Cuan suggests packing mostly natural fabrics, like Merino Wool, instead of synthetic.
‘If I do pack items that will wrinkle more easily, I’ll utilize Away’s Garment Bag to keep everything pressed.
Creases result from applying pressure to folds. While individually folding each garment is the most common form of packing, it may not be the best.
Other methods to consider are rolling and the bundle wrapping technique.
This approach involves wrapping clothes around a central item (like a pouch filled with socks or undergarments).
Big items: Shoes are typically the least malleable thing in my suitcases so I pack them firs in Shoe Cubes, along with toiletries and other hard items on the zippered side of my suitcase. This helps stay organized while maximizing every inch of packable space. Left: The Small Shoe Cube, $35; awaytravel.com. Right: The Garment Bag, $195; awaytravel.com
Consider where you are going for fashion’s sake:
Where are you headed? What will the weather be? What are you doing? These are all important questions you need to ask yourself before considering wardrobe.
When jetting off to a tropical locale, you’ll need a swimsuit, sunhat and sandals.
For sightseeing trips, make sure you have a comfortable pair of shoes for walking around in and a roomy backpack for handsfree convenience.
Pack daytime garments that can easily me worn at night with the right accessories, and don’t forget your sunglasses.
Visiting a National Park? A windbreaker, denim shorts, belt bag, hiking boots and hat are pretty much all you’ll need to look cute on the mountain.
Lay out all the outfit options and then edit ruthlessly.