How to pack for travel, according to Singapore's most stylish: Ming Bridges, Tracy Phillips, and more share tips
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The art of travel always begins with... Packing *cue exasperated sighs*. Planning your wardrobe and trying not to miss anything is hardly the fun part of any voyage. But when done correctly, preparation can immeasurably enhance your experience, especially when it comes to achieving next-level OOTDs. To help you get started, we asked some of our impeccably stylish friends for their travel packing hacks. Click on the captions in the galleries to shop their tips.
MING BRIDGES, SINGER-SONGWRITER AND CEO OF RENTADELLA
"Even if you're going somewhere warm, always, always bring a scarf with you. Scarves can be an extra blanket or pillow during a train/plane/car trip, and they're also handy for when it gets too chilly at the airport, and you haven't packed a jumper. Also, roll up your clothes for packing. My mum taught me this as a child, and she'd manage to fit double the amount of clothing into my suitcase than I had thought possible. They don't crease this way, and it's easier to pick an outfit without having to empty half the contents out once arriving."
TRACY PHILLIPS, HEAD OF PPURPOSE AND CONTRIBUTING EDITOR FOR BURO. SINGAPORE
"Pack using travel bags (I get mine from Muji), and separate clothes by category — e.g. tops, pants, all-in-ones — to make things easier to find. The bags keep the contents of your luggage neat and prevent clothes from wrinkling too much. I also can't go without my Philips electric toothbrush, which comes with a USB-chargeable travel case."
YVETTE KING, HOST AND PRESENTER FOR E! NEWS ASIA
"Travelling is a completely different ballgame now that I've had twins; it's like we have to bring everything but the kitchen sink! My absolute essentials have subsequently been pared down to lip balm, moisturiser and perhaps even a sheet mask to combat the dryness of cabin air. I never wear lace-up boots or complicated sneakers on travel days; easy slide-on shoes are great for going through security. Plus, I always follow businessmen in queues, 'cause they're frequent flyers and usually move quickly through immigration!"
NORMAN TAN, DIGITAL EDITORIAL DIRECTOR FOR BURO. SINGAPORE
"Don't pack your hats in a hatbox. Just like umbrellas, which most of us aren't used to carrying on a daily basis, you'll end up forgetting about and losing them. It's only a question of whether you'll accidentally leave them behind at check-in, in the business lounge, or on the plane. Instead, pack your headgear in a suitcase, and try to stack at least two together; they won't get crushed if you roll up and arrange your T-shirts, socks, and underwear around them. Don't pack them in the same compartment as your shoes. Not for hygiene, but because shoes are heavier and thus more likely to crush your hats."