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Flight ex­pert Demi Kavaratzis is check­ing out on check-in

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - HOW I PACK -

Whether in­ter­state or overseas, in New Zealand or any one of her com­pany’s global of­fices in Seat­tle, Sin­ga­pore, In­dia, Ja­pan and Hong Kong, Ex­pe­dia air com­mer­cial direc­tor for Ocea­nia Demi Kavaratzis is al­ways plan­ning a flight. And she doesn’t have time to hang around at the bag­gage carousel.

MY PACK­ING STYLE IS …

Last-minute yet ef­fi­cient. Carry-on only, if I can pos­si­bly help it.

I PACK FOR A TRIP BY …

Watch­ing the weather. With carry-on only, I have no space to waste. I plan and re­search how best to ex­pe­ri­ence the city I’m vis­it­ing in the few hours I have. I try not to stress. My mantra is, as long as you have your pass­port, a credit card and your favourite mas­cara, then there’s noth­ing you can­not buy at your des­ti­na­tion.

MY ES­SEN­TIALS FOR A WORK TRIP IN­CLUDE …

Good shoes and out­fits that go from day to night, from of­fice to a cock­tail bar – it can’t be all work and no play.

MY LUG­GAGE IS …

My carry-on and check-in are Vic­tori­nox Lex­i­con suit­cases – prac­ti­cal, yet su­per-stylish. Al­ways in­vest in a suit­case with four wheels. Your back will love you and you’ll whiz through the air­port. I also rec­om­mend a built-in lock as you’ll never lose it.

MY OUT­FIT WHEN I TRAVEL IS …

Stylish, light­weight, com­fort­able and lay­ered. I pack a pair of slip­pers to put on once on board – they’re comfy and a lot more hy­gienic than wan­der­ing around the plane wear­ing no shoes.

MY TOP CARRY-ON TIP IS …

Take a carry-on toi­letries bag that meets se­cu­rity re­quire­ments. You pass through se­cu­rity a lot quicker, you don’t get any­thing im­por­tant or ex­pen­sive con­fis­cated. That aside, have lip balm on hand for a long haul.

I NEVER BOARD WITH­OUT …

My Burberry trench coat. It’s light­weight, suits all oc­ca­sions and I adore it. I once wore it on top of air­line PJs con­nect­ing from one long haul flight to an­other. No­body no­ticed.

MY WASH BAG STA­PLES …

Mois­turiser – air­planes are hard on your skin. A purse-friendly win­ner for all seasons is Neu­tro­gena Hy­dro Boost Wa­ter Gel. I also al­ways take bon­jela Adult. When you need it, it’s an ab­so­lute life­saver.

I USED TO PACK …

Travel power adap­tors for dif­fer­ent coun­tries, but I’ve since in­vested in an in­ter­na­tional multi-coun­try adap­tor with a USB port.

BIG­GEST PACK­ING MIS­TAKE …

Tak­ing too many shoes. I’ve now de­cided you only need two or three pairs at the most: heels for the of­fice and nights out, flats for trav­el­ling and ca­sual out­ings, and run­ners for ex­er­cise.

MY GO-TO TRAVEL APP IS …

The Ex­pe­dia app, of course. It has all my travel de­tails from my flight to ho­tel in one place. It also tells me if there are flight de­lays or gate changes – some­times be­fore the air­port does. I also love Fligh­tradar24, which lets loved ones track a flight in real time.

MY PACK­ING RES­O­LU­TION IS …

To travel with carry-on only, re­gard­less of des­ti­na­tion. And take only toi­letries, shoes and gar­ments I will use more than once.

AS TOLD TO PAUL EWART

PIC­TURES: ISTOCK, SUP­PLIED

Demi Kavaratzis packs light for in­ter­state and overseas flights to coun­tries such as In­dia.

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