Monday 14 March 2016


Over the past five years I have travelled regularly for work - visiting people's homes interstate for my day job as an interior stylist and writer as part of the editorial content agency that I run with photographer Chris Warnes, Warnes & Walton.

As the trips are usually quite short - about three days at a time - I have become quite good at packing the bare essentials. Basically I fit my clothes, toiletry bag, and work-related equipment into a bag that is 44cm wide x 33cm high x 14cm deep - it's a Tampico linen bag which doesn't look out of place visiting someone's home as going out for dinner in the evening. It fits well within the size limits for domestic carry-on luggage requirements. It also makes moving from one location to another quick and easy.

Generally, we land the morning we are going to do the photo shoot and fly out after wrapping up at our last location. This helps minimise on packing too. However, there are some steps that I take to ensure I'm not carrying superfluous weight or bulk. 

* I wear the outfit for that day's shoot and only pack two other outfits - usually dresses as that doesn't require packing separates (and extra bulk).
* If the trip is slightly longer I will repeat wear clothes after airing for a day or so.
* I wear one pair of shoes for the entire trip. Occasionally I might pack a light pair of sandals as an alternative. 
* If the weather is cooler I pack a lightweight jacket and/or a thin wool cardigan as well as cashmere/wool scarf. Lighter layers take up less room.
* In my toiletry bag I pack travel-size or lightweight beauty products and a small roll-on perfume. Also, I tend to use whatever soap is available at the accommodation for cleansing my face and body. I don't have sensitive or reactive skin so a few days of using a regular soap never seems to hurt.
* As I only wash my hair once a week, I ensure I do it before taking the trip and this obviates the need for packing shampoo or conditioner.

This tight edit means that when I go on longer trips I am able to pack light too. 

This week I am heading to Tasmania for four days and three nights. Below is the entire list of what I will be taking.

1 x Dress
1 x pair of shoes

2 x Dresses
1 x Cardigan
1 x Scarf
1 x umbrella
1 x laptop
1 x laptop case 
1 x laptop charger
1 x iphone
1 x iphone charger (just the cord as I will charge via my computer)
1 x headphones (as I plan to listen to this audio book
1 x notebook
1 x pencil
1 x diary
1 x purse/wallet
1 x refillable drink bottle
1 x toiletry bag (see below)

Toiletry bag contents
1 x moisturiser - Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Hydrator
1 x lip balm - Hurraw Coconut Lip Balm
1 x hand cream - Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm
1 x roll-on perfume - Aesop Marrakech Intense Parfum
1 x roll-on deodorant - Body Crystal Botanica with Aloe Vera
1 x hair brush - Acca Kappa Boar Bristle Brush
1 x toothbrush - Environmental Toothbrush - child size
1 x travel-sized toothpaste
1 x spf tinted (mineral and botanical) moisturiser - Chantecaille Just Skin in Bliss
1 x bronzer/blush duo - NARS Orgasm and Laguna bronzer/blush duo
1 x lipstick - Chantecaille Lip Chic in Amour

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