Our jet-setting columnist tells us how to travel in style
Our jet-setting columnist spends a lot of time on a plane and reveals her top tips on travelling in style
I can’t travel light, it’s just not in my nature. I tend to always be the one paying for excess baggage.
It was horrific having to pack light in the summer. I went to Guatemala and Belize and there is only so much you need; you wear one swimsuit every day and there’s nothing needed to go out to in the evening – no events so that was easy.
The problems come when you’re going to a destination with multiple events, you can’t be seen in the same thing twice.
I always carry a fold-up bag inside my suitcase because I tend to do a lot of shopping when I get to wherever I’m going.
I basically have a rail in my house and I make outfits for each and every day I am going to be away, including accessories and shoes. I lay it all out and photograph it.
I always make the mistake of taking too much of everything… too many pairs of shoes, too many bags – and then I don’t even wear half of it.
It’s ridiculous, but I’ve never been on a trip when I’ve worn everything, and my husband hates travelling with me because he has to carry my bags.
There is nothing worse when you have an amazing wardrobe than getting there and realising that you’ve forgotten the shoes that go with a particular dress. I’ve done it before where I’ve forgotten some shoes that I need so have to go out and buy myself a new pair. It kills me because I know I have them at home, so that’s why I really try and plan my outfits.
I am always shopping for clothes when I go abroad unfortunately – I must stop… actually I am getting better.
There is something about shopping and travelling that goes hand-in-hand. I love finding things that they don’t have here.
Lately, I’ve been travelling a lot for work so I’ve been too busy to shop. And actually I need so little here, the lifestyle is so casual compared with what I’m used to.
I always buy things for my kids whenever I travel. They don’t get upset when I go away because they know I always bring something back for them, which is exciting.
When it comes to on-board essentials I’m obsessed with face masks – I may not be the best passenger to look at but they really hydrate your skin.
I don’t go anywhere without my Hermès cashmere blanket and I try and take my own pillow. I travel an awful lot so I like my own personal comforts.
I take my own food on board so I don’t eat rubbish, I’m quite strict with my diet. I can’t travel without my earplugs.
I get on board, flatten my bed, throw on my travel blanket, put my pillow under my head and tell people not to touch me unless the plane is going down and even then I don’t mind sleeping through that either!
As a frequent flyer, Caroline has a very well-thought-out routine for whenever she travels, although excess baggage is often an issue...