First and foremost, a very Happy New Year 2014 to all.
I started out my New Year travelling to Hong Kong with the hubs. Not a great start as I left with a really bad cough and at one point almost wondered if I could make it through the border :). We also made it to Macau. Contrary to popular belief Macau is not all about casinos and gambling. The old town is rich in colonial history, cobbled pavements and unexplored alleys. I certainly enjoyed myself.
But that is not the point of this post, lest you were wondering. I have seen myself living out of a suitcase for the most part of 2013 and the frequency has increased since the new year started. Learning to live out of a suitcase without compromising on your daily routine is a bit of a challenge. People tend to either overpack or forget things. Here are a few tips:
1. Always keep compact powder, eyeliner, mascara and a lipgloss in your handbag.
2. For business travel, do not match multiple bags and shoes to your outfit. Instead, pack a pair of shoes and a handbag that would see you through all your outfits. This means you will need to coordinate your outfits carefully. A coordinated colour scheme works well in this case.
Some of my colour combinations include:
Teal, grey, navy
Red, black, beige
3. Suits vs. Shift dresses: There is an ongoing debate about which is easier on the suitcase. Personally I find shift dresses easier to pack and you can team these up with either cardigans or blazers. A corporate look no less. It really depends on what you want to achieve out of the business meeting.
4. Accessories: Down to personal preference: Scarves are very versatile and can brighten up an otherwise rather sombre outfit. Pearls and brooches will also add an air of elegance, turning a day outfit into something appropriate for the evening.
5. Toiletries: I almost live entirely out of a ziplock bag now because of hand carry liquid restrictions, but this doesn’t mean you have to do the same. I usually try not to check in my luggage and hence the zip lock bag.
6. Facial mask sheets for long haul flights: These are life savers. Slap a sheet on your face before you land and make up glides on pretty easily after that.
7. And finally: if you miss something out (I left my entire makeup bag at home before travelling long haul), there is always the duty free at the airport. I have been guilty of traipsing down the aisles on the pretext of trying out various samples when what I really needed was to slap my make up on before my next meeting 😛
So hope this helps if you travel as much as I do these days 🙂