LOUIS, LOUIS, AWAY I GO

It’s el­e­gance all the way for il­lus­tra­tor Me­gan Hess

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

She trav­els like she lives: sur­rounded by lux­ury la­bels. Bris­bane-based fash­ion artist and author Me­gan Hess has the en­vi­able job of hop­ping around the world on il­lus­tra­tion as­sign­ments for the likes of Fendi, Prada, Jimmy Choo and Valentino.

But re­gard­less of where she trav­els, whether it’s a 48-hour jaunt to Lon­don to sketch at Dior’s couture shows; a book tour to Paris and New York; or a chill-out break in Hawaii with her fam­ily, the il­lus­tra­tor keeps her pack­ing chic and sim­ple.

MY PACK­ING STYLE IS …

Mil­i­tary. Over the years I’ve be­come se­ri­ously or­gan­ised with my pack­ing. There’s noth­ing worse than lug­ging items on a trip and re­turn­ing home to re­alise that you never wore them.

I PACK FOR A WORK TRIP BY …

Look­ing at the weather at the des­ti­na­tion – will it be hot or cold?

I keep jack­ets, ac­ces­sories and footwear to a min­i­mum– a hero flat for day­wear, and two dif­fer­ent heels that go with all my out­fits, for evening. I throw in a few key pieces of jew­ellery and two hand­bags to al­ter­nate.

ES­SEN­TIALS FOR A WORK TRIP …

A killer meeting out­fit that never fails. I al­ways pack out­fits that make me feel pol­ished and con­fi­dent. I take one el­e­gant evening dress on the off chance I get in­vited to a black tie event.

MY LUG­GAGE IS …

Louis Vuit­ton. Even just look­ing at the suit­cases makes me want to travel!

MY OUT­FIT WHEN I TRAVEL …

Lay­ered black pieces. They need to be very com­fort­able, but look chic in case my client is wait­ing to greet me when I land. I have a few dif­fer­ent ver­sions of this black out­fit and I never wear these pieces in my non-trav­el­ling life. As soon as the trip is over I get them drycleaned ready for the next trip.

MY TOP CARRY-ON TIP IS …

Bring what­ever helps you sleep. For me, cash­mere socks, soft eye mask, noise-can­celling ear plugs, and light, cosy wrap that dou­bles as a blan­ket.

I NEVER BOARD WITH­OUT …

My iPad loaded with a TV se­ries that I’m re­ally into, so I can binge-watch. Great en­ter­tain­ment makes a flight go so much faster.

MY TOP PACK­ING HACK …

Just be­fore you leave, re­assess your suit­case and take 20 per cent out. I’ve found that the less you take, the hap­pier you’ll be while away.

WASH BAG STA­PLES IN­CLUDE …

I never take any­thing heavy that is in­ex­pen­sive to buy, such as sham­poo. I have a make-up bag just for travel, which has been one of the best things I’ve ever done to cut pack­ing time. It is al­ways packed and ready to go.

I USED TO PACK …

Mul­ti­ple items that did the same thing. I’m now very strict and try to only pack one of any thing.

BIG­GEST PACK­ING MIS­TAKE …

Not putting a bot­tle of fake tan mousse into a sep­a­rate zip-lock plas­tic bag. It ex­ploded and all of my clothes were ru­ined.

I MAKE A HO­TEL ROOM FEEL LIKE HOME BY …

Bring­ing a few framed pic­tures of my hus­band and kids. These sit by my bed so I can look at them be­fore I sleep. I also al­ways bring a fa­mil­iar scent and spritz a bit of that in a room.

PIC­TURES: ISTOCK, SUP­PLIED

Artist Me­gan Hess trav­els ex­ten­sively to fash­ion hubs such as Paris.

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