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Pack Like A Pro: Tips From The CF Fashion Editor

Frequent flyer is part of the job description for a fashion editor, but alongside the jet-setting comes the more dreaded task: packing. Here’s how to pack like a pro.

From Dubai to Malaysia, CF’s fashion editor, Gemma Louise Deeks, is no stranger to racking up airmiles and checking into new hotels. But with that comes the need to pack for everything from a chic city break to a balmy beach resort. Here she lets us into her packing tips to make trips as seamless as possible, including what to pack, how to pack, and game-changing accessories.

1. Use packing cubes

I have only recently been introduced to packing cubes and let me tell you, they are revolutionary. Organising looks for your trip can be overwhelming, but packing your outfits into cubes is a great way to separate clothes by day or occasion – and you’ll often save space too. They encourage you to pack only what you absolutely need. A perfectly organised suitcase, what’s not to love?


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2. Bring a handheld steamer

If, like me, the thought of crumbled clothes fills you with dread, a compact, handheld steamer is exactly what you need. Scandinavian clothing care brand Steamery have the answer, balancing a sleek, aesthetically-pleasing design with beautiful functionality. Essential for keeping clothes crease-free and looking fresh, its streamline and lightweight design is ideal for packing in your hand luggage, and is a favourite with fashion editors and stylists on the go.


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3. Pack multi-purpose accessories

I’ve learnt that finding versatile shoes and bags is the biggest space saver when travelling. I’ve often spent way too much time trying to cram multiple pairs of shoes and bags into a small suitcase, only to find I’ve left no room for the necessities…like clothes. Finding a bag that works as dual-purpose – for both the airport and the beach – will transform how you pack. Invest in a roomy tote bag, whether raffia or canvas, that will work as well for your plane journey as it does for beach essentials such as a towel, sunscreen and a hat. Likewise, pack a pair of chic, strappy sandals in a neutral colour that will work with any outfit.


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4. Plan your airport outfit

One of my best space saving tips when flying carry-on only is finding an outfit that can be worn both to the airport and at your destination. My go-to is a linen co-ord that’s comfortable whilst on the plane, but also nice enough to wear on the beach, or to dinner when styled up (or down). Watch our Six Pack series here for more tips on how to style the linen co-ord multiple different ways.


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