SURF­ING THE SUIT­CASE

Take a peek in­side Layne Beach­ley’s lug­gage, where there’s al­ways room for hol­i­day shop­ping

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - HOW I PACK - AS TOLD TO PAUL EWART

Re­garded as the most suc­cess­ful fe­male surfer in his­tory, Layne Beach­ley is the only com­peti­tor, male or fe­male, to claim six con­sec­u­tive world ti­tles. Now re­tired and based on Syd­ney’s north­ern beaches, she is a mo­ti­va­tional speaker and work­shop trainer. She took more than 100 flights last year alone. Hawaii, Noosa, Western Aus­tralia, Fiji, Sin­ga­pore and Tas­ma­nia are all on her 2018 itin­er­ary, the lat­ter of which will see her lead two trips with the Huma Char­ity Chal­lenge to raise funds for her Layne Beach­ley Foun­da­tion.

MY PACK­ING STYLE IS …

Er­ratic, last-minute, and I over­pack. I am no­to­ri­ous for throw­ing clothes and toi­letries into a bag 15 min­utes be­fore leav­ing for the air­port.

I PACK FOR A TRIP BY …

Look­ing at the weather, the length of my stay, so­cial en­gage­ments and whether I plan to do any shop­ping. I love shop­ping in Sin­ga­pore, Amer­ica and Europe.

MY ESSEN­TIALS FOR A SURF TRIP IN­CLUDE …

If I’m go­ing some­where like Noosa it’s biki­nis, sarong, towel, surfboard, fins and wax. If I’m go­ing to Hawaii then I’ll take four to six boards. When I was on the tour I would some­times travel with 12. I must ad­mit, trav­el­ling with­out surf­boards is a real lux­ury.

MY LUG­GAGE IS …

Pak­lite bags are my tried and trusted go-tos. They’re light­weight, durable, good qual­ity, spa­cious, built to last and can be thrown around a bit.

MY OUT­FIT WHEN I TRAVEL …

Com­fort­able, prac­ti­cal and not white! And I don’t like any­thing short, so it’s usu­ally pants or a long dress as the plane air­con­di­tion­ing can get cold.

I NEVER FLY WITH­OUT …

My wa­ter bot­tle and vi­ta­min C tablets – I take 1000mg per hour, every hour I am awake on the plane. For long-haul flights I add fresh lemon (slices or squeezed) to my wa­ter bot­tle.

MY TOP PACK­ING HACK …

Lay out clothes on the bed be­fore you pack to plan your out­fits. I only pack a cou­ple of bot­toms (pants and skirts) with a bunch of tops to match.

I al­ways take body lo­tions in tubs, be­cause pump ac­tion dis­pensers al­ways end up leak­ing. I put any­thing that can leak into zip-lock bags.

I USED TO PACK …

A soft toy back when I was com­pet­ing. Orig­i­nally I had a pig and then it was re­placed by a whale that squeaked. Then I had a lit­tle dog called Osh who I res­cued from on­stage at an INXS con­cert. Oh, I also don’t pack 12 surf­boards any­more, either.

MY BIG­GEST PACK­ING MIS­TAKE WAS …

Go­ing to Noosa with­out un­der­wear. There wasn’t a de­part­ment store or su­per­mar­ket within walk­ing dis­tance and I didn’t have a car, so I bought three of the most ex­pen­sive pairs of un­der­wear at a lo­cal bou­tique – $75 for three pairs!

MY GO-TO TRAVEL APPS …

Coastal­watch and Willy-Weather so I can check surf and weather fore­casts.

I MAKE A HO­TEL ROOM FEEL LIKE HOME BY …

Trav­el­ling with my big metal tea mug (ho­tel teacups are like thim­bles) and my favourite green tea. I also un­pack im­me­di­ately and I play my favourite mu­sic on my UE BOOM speaker.

PIC­TURE: TOURISM AND EVENTS QUEENS­LAND

Layne Beach­ley (in­set) still surfs on hol­i­day at places such as Noosa, Queens­land.

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