BLAME IT ON THE BOSSA NOVA

A por­ta­ble speaker and Brazil­ian beats put travel pub­lisher Michelle Matthews in the hol­i­day mood

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

Mel­bourne pub­lisher Michelle Matthews has the en­vi­able job of trav­el­ling the world to re­search what’s hot and not in a des­ti­na­tion – and then writ­ing about it for her com­pany, Luckie Guides.

On the road mul­ti­ple times a month, this year she’s fo­cused on Spain, Bali and re­gional Vic­to­ria for up­com­ing guide­book edi­tions. Given her pro­lific jet­set­ting, she’s picked up a few pack­ing tricks and tips.

MY PACK­ING STYLE IS …

Three-quar­ters prac­ti­cal and a quar­ter fan­tasy whereby about 75 per cent of well-con­sid­ered essen­tials are packed in ad­vance, and then 25 per cent imag­i­nary life­style items are shoved in as the Uber ap­proaches.

I PACK FOR A TRIP BY …

Tak­ing the Mel­bur­nian per­spec­tive of think­ing the sky can be un­pre­dictable, I make sure I’m equipped for all weather.

Typ­i­cally I’m bring­ing things to gift, re­lo­cate or dis­trib­ute so I’m think­ing about in­ter­est­ing items I can bring from home.

MY ESSEN­TIALS FOR A WORK TRIP IN­CLUDE …

Pho­tog­ra­phy ac­cou­trements, since my work trips are in­creas­ingly im­age­fo­cused, so a light­weight tri­pod and cam­era in a ded­i­cated pho­tog­ra­phy back­pack now join me. But most essen­tials are now dig­i­tal. I use BatchGeo to pre­pare maps for the venues I need to visit. I take two copies of print­outs of my driver’s li­cence, pass­port and travel in­sur­ance. I al­ways carry a bunch of my guides to hand around too.

MY LUG­GAGE IS …

My new Pierre Cardin ver­mil­ion suit­case with match­ing carry-on – I’m in love with it. For me, four multi- di­rec­tional wheels are es­sen­tial, and I’ve ditched zips for clips.

MY OUT­FIT WHEN I TRAVEL …

Is in­creas­ingly care of Uniqlo. Their clothes are ideal for travel: light, warm, easy-care, com­fort­able and ca­sual. I don’t even buy clothes that aren’t travel-friendly any­more.

MY TOP CARRY-ON TIP IS …

Take one bag and keep it small and light. You can move faster in air­ports and on-board, plus you don’t have to worry about dif­fer­ing air­line lim­its. Also, wear clothes with pock­ets!

MY TOP PACK­ING HACK …

Have a ded­i­cated bag of travel essen­tials to se­lect from for each trip that’s full of travel-sized toi­letries, re­sort wear and swim­suits. I keep purses of small change in many cur­ren­cies and pack any for coun­tries I might only be tran­sit­ing through as well as stay­ing in.

MY GO-TO TRAVEL APP IS …

Em­bark. It’s a Mel­bourne-made app that works with all pub­lic and semipri­vate trans­port net­works around the world. It makes plan­ning tricky jour­neys easy and stress free.

I MAKE A HO­TEL ROOM FEEL LIKE HOME BY …

Turn­ing on my Sony Blue­tooth speaker – noth­ing puts me in a hol­i­day mood like con­tem­po­rary bossa nova.

MY PACK­ING RES­O­LU­TION IS …

To avoid top­ping up the suit­case with dou­ble-ups and back-up items. I need to chan­nel a travel ver­sion of Coco Chanel’s mantra: “Be­fore you leave the house, look in the mir­ror and take at least one thing off ” – but with my pack­ing rather than what I’m wear­ing.

PIC­TURES: ISTOCK, SUP­PLIED

Michelle Matthews (in­set) has fo­cused on Bali this year, for an up­com­ing Luckie guide­book.

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