RIGHT RECIPE FOR LUKE

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

Aussie chef and restau­ra­teur Luke Man­gan has a culi­nary em­pire that not only in­cludes eater­ies on five con­ti­nents, but his gourmet cre­ations can be found in the air through his work as a con­sult­ing chef for Vir­gin Aus­tralia and at sea via his restau­rants on-board five P&O ships. And with a travel sched­ule that sees him on the road for up­wards of seven months each year – vis­it­ing, on av­er­age, 15 coun­tries an­nu­ally – it’s un­sur­pris­ing that this celebrity foodie has mas­tered the art of pack­ing.

MY PACK­ING STYLE IS …

Min­i­mal at best. I’ve fi­nessed the art of pack­ing lightly and I very rarely check in lug­gage. I have no qualms wear­ing the same out­fit more than once, which means that I usu­ally be­come friendly with the ho­tel laun­dry-ser­vice guys.

I PACK FOR A TRIP BY …

Al­ways check­ing the weather fore­cast be­fore I leave and then pack­ing the night be­fore or the morn­ing of a flight. I’ve found through ex­pe­ri­ence that the ear­lier I packed, the more things I took with me that I re­ally didn’t need.

MY ESSEN­TIALS FOR A WORK TRIP IN­CLUDE …

A chef ’s jacket and apron and – if there are busi­ness meet­ings – a suit jacket and a nice col­lared shirt.

MY LUG­GAGE IS …

If I’m on a long trip and need to check in lug­gage then I’ll take my Sam­sonite Cos­mo­lite Spin­ner. For a large suit­case, it’s ex­tremely light, plus even though it has been bat­tered and bruised over the years, it still holds up. For shorter trips, I have my smaller Cos­mo­lite Spin­ner, which I take as carry-on.

MY BIG­GEST PACK­ING MIS­TAKE WAS …

Tak­ing a small bot­tle of gourmet olive oil in my checked lug­gage. Let’s just say that when I ar­rived, ev­ery­thing was oily and smelled like lemon myr­tle.

MY OUT­FIT WHEN I TRAVEL …

Is usu­ally a loose-fit­ting black cot­ton T-shirt, roomy jeans or slacks, and al­ways socks. If I’m fly­ing Vir­gin Aus­tralia, they have great PJs, so I of­ten change into these straight away if I’m board­ing a night flight.

MY TOP CARRY-ON TIP IS …

To pack as much as you can in your carry-on to avoid hav­ing to check in lug­gage. If I’m on a busi­ness trip and have min­i­mal time at my des­ti­na­tion, I want to hit the ground run­ning, so get­ting out of the air­port quickly is cru­cial. Also, al­ways pack a pen for those pesky visa forms.

I NEVER BOARD A FLIGHT WITH­OUT …

Hand sani­tiser. I think it must be a chef thing, but I take it with me ev­ery­where. That aside, I take an iPad, book and news­pa­pers – I’m a ter­ri­ble sleeper at the best of times, so on a flight it’s even worse. On long hauls, I al­ways take Va­le­rian Forte herbal tablets, which help to bring on sleep.

MY WASH BAG STA­PLES IN­CLUDE …

Just the ba­sics: tooth­brush, tooth­paste and de­odor­ant. On long-haul flights, there’s noth­ing bet­ter than brush­ing your teeth to make you feel clean.

I USED TO PACK …

Too much. When I wasn’t trav­el­ling as much as I do now, I used to get a bit ex­cited and pack pretty much ev­ery­thing. Then when I ar­rived at my des­ti­na­tion, I would end up wear­ing the same out­fit most days and spend the rest of the trip lug­ging un­worn cloth­ing and shoes around.

MY GO-TO TRAVEL APP IS …

The Vir­gin Aus­tralia en­ter­tain­ment app which lets you stream their in-flight en­ter­tain­ment on your own de­vice. It’s per­fect on short-haul flights when I can sneak in an episode or two of Suits.

I MAKE A HO­TEL ROOM FEEL LIKE HOME BY …

Hang­ing up my good clothes straight away – such as suit jacket and shirts – that way I save on iron­ing time when I need to wear them. I also like to book rooms that have win­dows you can open or a bal­cony, so I can sit out­side and get some fresh air.

MY PACK­ING RES­O­LU­TION IS …

Non-ex­is­tent. I’m prob­a­bly show­ing my age here, but af­ter the many years I’ve spent trav­el­ling, I think I’ve mas­tered my pack­ing skills. Plus, I know that if you forget any­thing – aside from your pass­port – then you can buy pretty much what­ever you need at your des­ti­na­tion. Stress less.

PIC­TURE: SUP­PLIED

Chef Luke Man­gan is no stranger to travel.

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