Australian model, photographer and blogger Candice Lake is based in London, with the Mediterranean on her doorstep. No wonder she’s mastered packing her holiday wardrobe.
Image: Alice Mahran
Do you roll or fold?
I used to throw everything into a bag. Then, a couple of years ago, I stayed with a friend and she said, “What are you doing?” She taught me to roll some items and fold others with as few creases as possible. Now I don’t have to steam anything when I arrive.
Do you unpack at the hotel or live out of your suitcase?
I’m on a plane almost every week. For my sanity, I have a ritual when I arrive at the hotel: I burn a small candle while unpacking everything, even if it’s just for one night. I need to feel a bit like it’s my home.
What do you wear for long flights?
Tome pants, sneakers, an oversized jacket and a T-shirt. As soon as I get on the plane, I change into cashmere pants and a jumper by Jac+ Jack or Banjo & Matilda and I’m immediately relaxed.
What about non-negotiables?
I always take a Longchamp canvas bag that folds up into nearly nothing – my shopping comes home in that. I take a little black dress, too. With my job, there are unexpected side-trips so I need a piece that can be dressed up or down. I like designs by Dion Lee and Michael Lo Sordo.
Do you take your own hair dryer or trust the hotel’s?
I usually don’t pack one – they’re too bulky – and just hope that a bun or beach hair will look good. But the MGallery by Sofitel hotels’ Inspired by Her initiative [Lake is an ambassador] considers what women want in their room and includes “emergency kits”. Their hair dryers are seriously good – I don’t know why more hotels don’t get on board with that! ￼
Candice's Packing List
The Zimmermann sisters, Nicky and Simone, are so clever. You can wear most of their collection to a lovely dinner, to the beach or poolside. They make great pieces in beautiful lace and soft prints. I also wear dresses by Turkish designer Gül Hürgel. She makes me feel like I’m living on the French Riviera.
I love the sun but have very pale skin so I pack a couple of oversized hats. I’m taking this one by Albus Lumen to Ibiza. I think clothes should be understated but if you need to dress up a look, add Roxanne Assoulin bracelets or a silk headscarf under a big straw hat.
You can take this great Loewe tote to the beach and the bar. It fits everything but the kitchen sink and has a strong handle. I always pack a clutch with a removable strap, too. For the south of France, it would be in canary yellow.
The biggest packing fail of my life was taking eight pairs of stilettos on a beach trip. Now I think about the activities I’ll be doing. I’ve just bought these gorgeous Grecian-style Valentino sandals, which I love. I also take my Birkenstocks for walking on rocky paths and Veja trainers.