How to Pack Your Luggage Like a Professional


Nine high-profile frequent flyers share their tips that will change the way you pack your luggage.

Delta Goodrem, singer/songwriter

I find out what the weather will be where I’m going and put together outfits, bringing all my little trinkets that make wherever I’m going feel like home – candles, crystals. I put all my shoes in bags; I don’t want any rogue shoes. And I fold in a particular way.

How to pack your luggage like a professional

Sally Sara, foreign correspondent

I use luggage dividers – one for tops, one for bottoms and one for toiletries and stuff like that. I also have colour-coded zip-up folders – red for money and receipts, blue for background information on the story and green for travel documents. I’m a travel nerd.

Teresa Cutter, chef, nutritionist, personal trainer

I pack light – never more than one bag – then I have a small carry-on for essentials like my computer, notepads, pens, herbal teas, supplements and a few packets of nuts. I always have gym gear for doing a workout or going for a walk to take in the sights. Pack basics like jeans, shoes and tops that travel well and you can wear a couple of times. I place all my clothes in sections – shirts, underwear, socks, jeans etc. The bulky things go underneath and lighter things are on top or in a separate compartment. My husband [Paul Cutter] introduced me to the rolling technique – I love it. No creases and lots of room to fit in everything you need.

How to pack your luggage like a professional

Camilla Freeman Topper, fashion designer

I start preparing outfits about two weeks in advance. I’m a folder. I have a suitcase for shoes and I have a suitcase for coats if it’s winter. Or one side of the suitcase is coats and the other side is separates. I organise it in a way that I can unpack it and re-pack it systematically. I usually get off the plane, go to the hotel, unpack and go straight to a meeting so I have to make sure nothing is creased.

Julia Morris, comedian and actor

I put my clothes into outfit piles. The full outfits get a run; the extra things go in a drawer to forget about for another year. I fold my clothes in a big bag and roll in a smaller one. That way you don’t go over weight. It also means there’s room in the big bag in case you get involved in the shops.

How to pack your luggage like a professional

Vance Joy, singer/songwriter

Before a trip, I’ll have everything perfectly set out. The more I travel, the more I become like George Clooney in Up in the Air. I like having a sense of control over my life; I think it’s a way of mentally surviving. I don’t need much; four or five items get constantly washed and reused. It’s military style. Spartan. I’m a folder.

Tara Moss, author, UNICEF Australia ambassador

A couple of days before, I’ll have a good look at what I need to bring and make sure everything is clean and goes together. I don’t like to bring things that I don’t wear. Last year I travelled with UNICEF to Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon. I only had a backpack, Doc Martens, jeans and a UNICEF T-shirt for a five-day trip! But generally I don’t like to travel too light. We’ve all arrived somewhere and bought things that aren’t suitable for our normal world. All of those sarongs; what do you do with them when you live in the mountains?  You need to plan. Not many shoes, one good coat, silk scarves and a few pieces of jewellery. Scarves take up very little room but they change an outfit instantly – you can wear the same thing the next day and look different. I fold, not for any logical reason, just out of habit. I understand rolling is better but I’ve just never done it.

How to pack your luggage like a professional

Naomi Watts, actor and Sportscraft ambassador

Pack only staple items. Whenever I can, I try to just use hand luggage. It makes travelling that much easier. Pack outfits that complement one another so you can mix and match. I lay my clothes flat. No folds or creases.

Greta Bradman, operatic soprano

I take clothing made from natural fibres that will be breathable and comfortable. I think about how many outfits I’m going to need for events and keep everything else as minimal as possible. If I’m away for less than two weeks, I go for one versatile jacket, one different warm outer layer and things that can be mixed and matched. I’m a convert; I roll. It saves space and leaves your clothes in better condition. And I think it’s easier to find things.




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