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Smooth out travel wrinkles and arrive in style by packing practicality into your suitcase.

Begin with basics

First and foremost, know the purpose of your trip. I know, thank you Captain Obvious, but by identifying the aim of your holiday – business? pleasure? both? – and taking into account events, weather and activities to experience, the clever traveller can streamline their suitcase to become a travel ninja.

Make use of a beautifully crafted Mara Collection Marshall Travel Wallet and stash all important documents in one gorgeous place. www.smythson.com

Embrace simplicity by purchasing a carry-on suitcase that is permissible on all international airlines. Go top shelf with the gorgeously crafted Candy Case from Aspinals of London, which is handmade from navy lizard print Italian calf leather with a silk mix signature interior lining. www.aspinaloflondon.com

Pack ‘em, stack ‘em

Approach packing like a pick n’ mix and select items that work in multiple ways, and always think in outfits not individual garments. Then divide and conquer.

That’s right, now put away half of what you brought out; it helps to determine what are essentials versus add-ons. When it comes to shoes the holy trinity is: a sandal, a runner and a heel.

Save space by bringing an assortment of lightweight accessories to revitalise outfits. A statement jewellery piece like Ippolita's Gold Stardust Multi-Branch Bangle instantly elevates a maxi dress from casual to chic. www.ippolita.com

To roll or not to roll?

Rolling clothes definitely saves space and, if done properly, dramatically reduces wrinkles. Like most things in life, the key to success is in the preparation – lay the garment flat, fold in half, roll tightly. If the item is particularly flimsy, roll it into a bulkier item. Roll trousers from the hem upwards.

Tag Time

We all know the benefits of using personalised luggage tags – they help identify your bag on the carousel, they contain important information for if your bag gets lost, but best of all they let you add flare. This fresh tag from HarLex is a stylish choice. www.saharlex.com


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