THE QUEEN OF POP

Al­ways take care with liq­uids in your lug­gage, warns Jessica Mauboy

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

With mil­lions of records sold, a string of top 10 hits, and ap­pear­ances on Ellen and Oprah, Jessica Mauboy is putting her travel ex­pe­ri­ences to the test for her great­est over­seas jour­ney so far – rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia in the an­nual Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test.

MY PACK­ING STYLE IS …

Last minute! I’m pretty ba­sic when I’m in hol­i­day mode. If I was miss­ing my togs, say, then I’d buy some. But for work, ooh, it’s a mis­sion.

I PACK FOR A WORK TRIP BY …

Read­ing my sched­ule, which can some­times ar­rive overnight – so I’ll of­ten be pack­ing and get­ting or­gan­ised in the early hours.

I have a stylist who is also my best friend. To­gether we’ll work out the num­ber of nights I’m on stage and plan the out­fits to­gether.

MY PACK­ING ESSENTIALS FOR EURO­VI­SION IN­CLUDE …

My own make-up case as a back-up just in case my make-up artist loses hers.

MY LUG­GAGE IS …

From Tumi. My carry-on and checkin are hard cases. Both have flu­oro pink and green locks so I know which ones are mine on the carousel.

MY OUT­FIT WHEN I TRAVEL …

Ur­ban chic. I’ll wear some­thing that won’t re­strict me or be un­com­fort­able – a long dress or jeans – plus my Pu­mas or Van train­ers and denim jacket. Once I’m on-board I’ll change into my PJs straight away. I love Qan­tas py­ja­mas.

I NEVER BOARD WITH­OUT …

A lit­tle pil­low in a silk case – an­ti­wrin­kle, dar­ling! – and vi­ta­mins to help coun­ter­act any in-air bugs. I try to take care of my skin. I like to put on a face mask. I’m us­ing one by Equal Beauty, which you can sleep in. I also use their serum and hy­dra­tion spray when I’m on the plane.

A WASH BAG STA­PLE …

Cur­rently Chanel “Chance” per­fume and Lano­lips 101 Oint­ment – you can pretty much use it for any­thing, dry lips, sticky up hairs, eye­lids … I love it.

MY TOP PACK­ING HACK …

Com­part­men­talise. I use dif­fer­ent sec­tions or cases for dif­fer­ent things. My shoes go in one case with my hair and makeup stuff and in the other case are my stage out­fits and per­sonal clothes.

BIG­GEST PACK­ING MIS­TAKE …

When my Christophe Robin con­di­tioner leaked in my makeup bag. The top had popped open from the pres­sure – it was ev­ery­where!

MY PACK­ING RES­O­LU­TION IS …

To use strong ware­house tape over the tops of any oils or creams in my lug­gage so they don’t break open.

MY GO-TO TRAVEL APP IS …

Right now it’s Duo Lingo. I’m us­ing it to learn some Por­tuguese for my Euro­vi­sion trip. So far I have the ba­sics cov­ered: “I want to eat” – which is very im­por­tant! – and “hello” and “goodbye”. It’s al­ways nice and re­spect­ful to learn a few words of the lo­cal lan­guage and I’m look­ing for­ward to min­gling with the lo­cals in Lisbon.

I MAKE A HO­TEL ROOM FEEL LIKE HOME BY …

Tak­ing can­dles. Ecoya do beau­ti­ful can­dles. I grew up camp­ing and go­ing out in the bush for weeks on end and can­dles re­mind me of all the bush fires we had dur­ing my child­hood in Dar­win. They re­ally help to calm me.

PIC­TURE: IS­TOCK

Jessica Mauboy is learn­ing some Por­tuguese so she can min­gle with Lisbon lo­cals on her Euro­vi­sion trip.

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