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I like to soak up the atmosphere of the country so I read novels about them before leaving. For example, before travelling to Africa, I read The White Masai by Corinne Hofmann. Recently I journeyed through the English countryside and I read Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. If I go on a weekend trip to St. Tropez I re-read Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan. I try to find novels that are going to plunge me into the ambience of the place.
I often take the option to “Upgrade” in a hotel, which will give you a better room if there is space. The price is a little more initially, but it’s worth it
Sometimes, I carry Dyptique candles in order to recreate the smell of my house. In my backpack, I always put my bag Chanel 2-55. And of course my iPod with a different play list for each destination
Loose clothing, water, plenty of water, my headphones to get away from the noise of the cabin, my pashmina spritzed with a touch of Maharadja de Nicolaï fragrance for comfort. My seat becomes MY territory. Upon arrival, a good massage is essential to “unwind”
For long flights, I never forget: a cushion for my neck, a mask and earplugs, in an attempt to travel in the best possible conditions and relax as much as I can…And of course, I always have a good book with me, to avoid boredom!
Prepare your suitcase whilst visualing the outfits you will need for different occasions.
Always suss out a few key areas and print the directions from Google Maps.
Book your hotel on www.tablethotels.com. The website has beautiful hotels in all price ranges and in all countries, as well as a traditional English Bed and Breakfast.
Take melatonin to get rid of jet lag and avoid being exhausted the next day
I weigh my bags at home on a bathroom scales to distribute the contents between different cases and not exceed the 23 kilos limit. I also tie colored ribbons and attach padlocks to locate more easily on the baggage carousel. I use the Louis Vuitton guides, I sign up to the Conde Nast Traveller website (www.cntraveller.com) and I follow the advice of Marie Le Fort in her various publications. I always take a folding bag for shopping. I sit on my suitcases to close them on return
Virginie Dhello : Vee
I always carry a complete outfit and a washbag with my miniature products in the cabin in case my luggage gets lost! When I travel 48 hours, I try to bring a dress or pants outfit that can be worn in two different ways, so I am well prepared for any eventuality. Otherwise, the last thing I put in the suitcase is my trench
I recycle the contents: for example, I roll-up my iPod headphones and put them in a little metal “Hello Kitty” candy box, or in one of the little silk and cotton jewellery bags from Aurélie Bidermann. For hygiene reasons, shoes are always packed one by one in garment bags. And to avoid creasing delicate clothes, I fold them in sheets of tissue paper or I put them in one of the very thin plastic bags that you get from the dry cleaner
To avoid being overpacked upon return, I always leave some space in my suitcase. One always brings things back from a journey. Always take the time to think about each item, each piece of clothing that you take with you and don’t make any hasty decisions. Take plastic zip bags (in several sizes) to bring back spices and produce bought in local markets to avoid them spilling in your suitcase or leaving an undesireable smell on your clothes ! I never forget my camera or my notebooks. They enable me to enrich my “secret garden” and remember the people I have met
When planning a trip, I always have a quick look on the site www.mybestaddressbook.com. I ask my friends for recommendations and consider the weather. I always try to personalise my suitcase, by putting a little recognisable object on the handle, ever since the day I found myself with someone else’s suitcase that was filled with nappies and powdered milk! Sometimes, I add a bundle of padlocks
Packing my suitcase is a moment of great stress and anxiety. However, I always do it at the last minute and it is always ready in ten minutes. With its flashy colours, my bag is easily spotted on airport tarmacs. And it has less risk of being stolen
Sybille de Margerie
I travel light and save space to bring things back, particularly for my children. I always take carry-on baggage to avoid check-in and save time. I make sure that my things are well folded and prioritise my least wrinkle-prone outfits. Always check the weather of your destination. And don’t forget to bring some warm clothing because of air conditioning