Packing a travel wardrobe can bamboozle even the most
seasoned globetrotter. Overpacking is the most common trap, followed by
inappropriate packing (formal trousers for hiking holidays, evening gowns for
beach vacations) and, very occasionally, underpacking (“I forgot to pack
shoes/underwear/insert essential item here”).
To pack like a pro, try asking yourself these four
questions: what do the locals wear? How long can I go without doing laundry?
What did I repeat-wear last time I travelled? What activities will I be doing? With
your answers in mind, focus on classic, primarily non-crease pieces that won’t
take up too much space in your suitcase.
Most importantly, leave plenty of time to pack before
you go, ideally filling your bag a couple of days before your flight. This will
give you time to revisit what you’ve packed and to ask yourself if you really need it all. If the answer is no –
or even maybe – it goes.
Here’s what should stay.
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