BE­YOND A JOKE

De­spite years of glo­be­trot­ting, TV and ra­dio star Amanda Keller still finds pack­ing a chore

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - HOW I PACK - Rom her six-year stint with Be­yond 2000, through to her cur­rent co-host roles on WSFM101.7’s Jonesy & Amanda in the Morn­ing and Chan­nel 10’s The Liv­ing Room, Amanda Keller has trav­elled around the world and back again. AS TOLD TO PAUL EWART

FMY PACK­ING STYLE IS …

Last minute. I get very anx­ious about it for a few days and at the last minute I shove things into a bag and hope for the best. I al­ways take way more than I need and I al­ways take way more nice things than I need. I fan­ta­sise about the kind of hol­i­day I’m go­ing to be hav­ing and then end up wear­ing the same things for the en­tire week.

MY ES­SEN­TIALS FOR A WORK TRIP IN­CLUDE …

A shirt that doesn’t crease. If I’m on a hol­i­day, I couldn’t care less, whereas if I’m on a work trip and in­ter­view­ing a celebrity or sim­i­lar, then I might need to look vaguely pre­sentable. I’ll also take a tad more make-up than I would on a hol­i­day.

MY LUG­GAGE IS …

A small red carry-on and a large black check-in, both Vic­tori­nox hard cases with four wheels on each so they go side­ways, for­wards and back­wards.

MY OUT­FIT WHEN I TRAVEL …

Is pretty smart. I love clothes by Syd­ney-based de­signer, Mela Pur­die. I’ve worn her stuff for years as it’s su­per-com­fort­able, doesn’t crease and doesn’t stain eas­ily, which is per­fect for trav­el­ling. I’d like to be the sort of per­son that is re­laxed enough to change into PJs on a plane, but un­for­tu­nately I’m not.

MY TOP CARRY-ON TIP IS …

To take a small make-up bag packed with a few es­sen­tials and ba­sic toi­letries – I call it my “smash re­pairs kit’’. It has a twofold pur­pose: it’ll help fix up my face if I cry dur­ing an in­flight movie and it’ll be a life­saver if my check-in goes miss­ing.

I NEVER BOARD A FLIGHT WITH­OUT …

A book. I might only watch one movie on a 12-hour flight. If I didn’t have one on a flight I’d go crazy and have to read the emer­gency brochure a thou­sand times over. I usu­ally opt for some­thing that’s not too dumb, but not too high­brow ei­ther – a psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller, per­haps. My per­fect plane sce­nario is a new book cou­pled with the lat­est Van­ity Fair.

WASH BAG STA­PLES IN­CLUDE …

La Prairie, which is a bit fancy I know. As I get older splurg­ing on skin­care is an in­dul­gence. I in­ter­sperse those with a range my friend cre­ated called Scout, which is all-nat­u­ral.

I USED TO PACK …

A doona. Yes, on my first overseas trip I squeezed an ac­tual doona into my back­pack! I have since learned most ac­com­mo­da­tion has bed­ding. BIG­GEST PACK­ING MIS­TAKE …

The out­fits I took while work­ing on Be­yond 2000. It be­ing the ’80s – the decade of the shoul­der pad – it was a strug­gle to fit those enor­mous jack­ets in my case. In fact, I could prob­a­bly only get two out­fits in a case that would nor­mally ac­com­mo­date 18 pieces of cloth­ing.

MY PACK­ING RES­O­LU­TION IS …

To be re­al­is­tic. If I’m vis­it­ing fam­ily I’m not go­ing to be wear­ing four dif­fer­ent out­fits – I’ll be in the same jeans and T-shirt I’ve had on all day. The fan­tasy of who I am and who I’d like to be are en­tirely dif­fer­ent.

PIC­TURE: TOBY ZERNA

On her first overseas trip, Amanda Keller squeezed a doona into her back­pack. AMANDA KELLER

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