Packing! Packing! Packing! Everyone dreads the ordeal. My husband and I recently spent four days in the Big Apple for business and pleasure. I accompanied my husband, who is part of an NGO under the real estate umbrella of the United Nations, to a luncheon and business meeting at the UN. Business attire was called for. That evening we attended an intimate cocktail party at the home of a friend and went on to an Italian bistro for dinner. We were with the same people so naturally, being girly, I wanted a different look. The next day we shopped and that evening the two of us dined, alone, at La Grenouille, the most glamorous, gorgeous and intimate restaurant in Manhatten. It’s French with gigantic bouquets of flowers, crystal light fixtures and it is beyond romantic. The crowd adds to the elegance. I dressed for the occasion, darlings. Here is what I decided to pack and a little advice from an avid packer.
For this trip, one elegant black suit with a silver clasp at the waist and a sheer Wolford black top underneath. For the luncheon, a pair of black trousers with an interesting top that was not a jacket but gave my outfit a suit look. For shopping, the same black trousers with a grey wool Wolford bodysuit and a sheer grey black and white sleeveless top over it to give it a different look. One pair of shoes for four days. Black suede platform half boots that were comfortable. That was it. Of course, I needed great earrings, an evening bag and my trademark silver and gold neckpieces as well as lots of undies, feminine nightwear and a raincoat. Voila! Done.
There is no doubt, packing is an ordeal made palatable by the adventure that lies ahead. The hardest part of packing is opening my closet door and thinking to myself, “Now what.” The easiest part is putting my clothing into a suitcase.
My packing routine
I have my personal packing routine down to a science and it is guaranteed to work.
- CARRY-ON: The 1st rule of thumb pack all medications, jewelry, belts, good evening handbags, laptop, chargers for iPhone and computer, set of undies, small amounts of make-up and a great novel in your carry-on. Baggage gets lost and good items may disappear from your luggage.
- LUGGAGE: The 2nd rule of thumb is to pack all outfits (I pack for my husband, darlings) on hangers and cover them with plastic dry cleaner bags. Upon arrival all outfits are removed from their plastic bags and hung in the closet.
- I pack all of my undies in zip lock bags from the Container Store or from my kitchen drawer. Out of the suitcase and into the drawer of the hotel. This is my trick for not taking each item out at a time. Too time consuming and frustrating. I want to go out and explore, not refold my undies.
- Sweaters go into Container Store see though plastic bags that come in all sizes.
- Shoes go into see-through baggies.
- Cosmetics are in a hanging see-through long cosmetic bag that I can hang in the bathroom on a bathroom hook. I have girlfriends that pack their cosmetics in small Container Store see through bags and then store them in a larger cosmetic bag. Not for me. I prefer to see everything in plastic in front of me.
Because of my routine it takes little time to unpack and my clothing, in plastic, does not wrinkle.
Things I always pack
- My magnifying travel mirror.
- Extra Red Kabbalah Strings, our lucky charm, to guard and protect us incase ours fall off.
- My 27 year -old leather Channel backpack. Hands free everywhere!
- My tinted sunscreen, SkinCeuticals, SPF 50 has a perfect finish and is small for packing.
- My Apple MacBook Air
- My moisturizer, La Mer
- My curling iron
- A small umbrella
- Photo of passport and extra passport pictures and credit cards.
- Credit card without foreign transaction fee
- My ultimate concierge
What to pack for a cruise
First, know the dress codes and second, for first time cruisers, you will probably not see your bags for the first five or six hours so pack a swimsuit and cover up or a casual outfit in your carry-on so you won’t miss a half day of pleasure.
- Hanging make-up organizer because a typical cruise bathroom vanity has no room for cosmetics.
- Extra hangers if you don’t pack ‘my way’
- A power strip for your computer, hairdryer, phone, etc..
- Dramamine for motion sickness
- Alarm clock
- Cruise travel insurance policy and a picture of your passport, extra passport pictures
- Suitable attire for cruise ship formal night( a tux is no longer customary)
- Tote bag for shore excursions
- A small umbrella
- Reading material
- Small bills for tips
How to pack in one carry-on bag
My ultimate concierge and I were at O’Hare last week and ran into close friends. They were on their way to New York for five days. Each had one carry-on bag for the entire five days. Period. I asked her for a few tips. She told me she layers her outfits and rolls many items.
There are many pluses to traveling with only a to carry-on. If you decide to travel with just a carry-on the first rule of thumb is to do your homework and invest in the best. Here a few pluses:
- Your carry-on will never get lost.
- You do not have to check your luggage or pay a baggage fee.
- You arrive at the airport and immediately leave for start your trip, avoiding the baggage claim and saving a lot of time.
The question is: how and what to pack? For almost all advice on how to pack in one carry-on for different locations around the world here is my advice: GOOGLE IT, DARLINGS. I did and found so much information.