Martha Stewart’s 10 Rules for Flawless Travel Will Change Your Life
No one can pack a carry-on like Martha. (Photo: Getty Images)
From baking and decorating to crafts and weddings, Martha Stewart knows how to make most things perfectly. It only makes sense that we’d turn to her for her instructions on how to be a classy traveler.
Here’s how to travel like Martha does. (You can thank us later.):
1. To Check or Not to Check
For two- or three-day trips, carry on a duffel bag or handbag; a smaller messenger bag; and a small “wheelie” that fits into a plane’s overhead compartment. If you need to check your luggage, use a rigid aluminum suitcase.
Really good luggage should never be checked unless the bags can be shrink-wrapped or covered with a canvas or waterproof covering.
One trip to the baggage carousel is proof enough that nearly all suitcases look alike. A bright-green ribbon tied to the handle distinguishes each of my bags from everyone else’s.
I always carry on my contact lens container and solution, just in case I am separated from my luggage.
2. Assemble Outfits in Advance
My trips are always extremely busy, so I plan what I’ll wear to each event beforehand to ensure that I don’t take extra clothes. I put each outfit on a single hanger and wrap it in plastic. Packing by outfit enables you to figure out while packing exactly which undergarments, stockings, shoes, scarves and purses will be needed. With this one-outfit-per-hanger system, wrinkles are minimized, and I can hang up items as soon as I arrive.
Martha always plans her outfits ahead of time. (Photo: Instagram)
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3. Write It Down
I always keep a list of essential, “do not forget” items:
- A favorite tea
- A couple pieces of ribbon or waxed twine (to tie suitcase zippers closed)
- Extra resealable plastic bags
- Contact lenses and cleaning solution
- Cashmere scarf
- Camera with two memory cards
- Kindle for reading on plane
4. Properly Pack Shoes
Shoes are usually the heaviest cargo in a travel bag. To prevent them from crushing delicate clothing, I tuck them around the perimeter of the suitcase. Each pair is kept in an individual drawstring-topped shoe bag. I stuff the toes of my pumps and other dress shoes with acid-free tissue paper; socks go inside sneakers and slides.