Dont pack light, pack clever what a fashion editor puts in her suitcase
Never bring more than one pair of high heels and remember wire hangers are your friends here are Jess Cartner-Morleys hardcore tips for holiday packing, plus five summer essentials
In the art of packing, as so often in life, you learn through your mistakes. And I have made a few. My career to date has been an extended, fully immersive practical and rigorous examination in the art of the suitcase. Im talking high-stakes, PhD-level packing. The kind of packing that will see you right when New York fashion week outfits need to contend with blizzards (par for the course in February) or hurricanes (commonplace in September). The kind that wont let you down when you get an unexpected call in your Milan hotel room to say that Donatella Versace is hosting Jennifer Lopezs wedding, and do you want to come to Lake Como, like, now? In the course of a decade and a half in fashion, the two practical life skills I have notched up are, first, being able to assemble a filling and balanced meal representative of all the major food groups from a tray of canapes, even while that tray is moving; second, how to pack.
Rule 1: forget about packing light
I dont trust people who pack light. They are smug gits, and selfish with it. Those hand luggage-only types, who look on patronisingly while you check in your case, only to get through security and insist on spending the time that you had earmarked for cava looking for sandals in Accessorize when it occurs to them that they might actually be hot in trainers after all. Then, once you have arrived at your destination, they realise they have forgotten to charge their Kindle, and swipe your new Arundhati Roy. However, this is not carte blanche to stuff a suitcase. I consider my packing a failure if, on returning home, I unpack anything that I didnt wear (except the in-case-of-bad-weather waterproof). I am hardcore about this, mainly because I hate ironing with an absolute passion, so clothes that havent been worn but need ironing again fill me with horror. Dont pack light pack clever.
Rule 2: the most important part of your holiday wardrobe is your suitcase