Packing Like a Pro with Jodie Kidd and her Celebrity Stylist, Alex Longmore

From the beaches of Barbados to the grasslands of Botswana, it’s no secret that I love to travel and discover new and exciting destinations around the world. Throughout my career, I have been able to visit the most incredible countries and experience exotic cultures, which continues my never-ending love affair with travel.

In this blog, I’m going to share my tips and tricks for travelling in comfort and style and how to make the most of every trip!

Clothes for Every Occasion

The best piece of advice I have ever been given from a celebrity stylist is to always pack neutral clothes that can mix and match and become completely new looks to suit every occasion. A simple wrap dress worn as a cover up on the beach can be accessorised with statement jewellery for a show stopping outfit, perfect for the evening.

A must-have for any trip away is my favourite pair of skinny jeans! Dress up denim with a silk blouse and heels, or keep it casual with a loose cashmere jumper and trainers.

Plan Ahead

I try to visualise each day of my trip and any activities that we have planned and consider what to wear for every day of my holiday. This allows me to reduce the amount of clothes I pack and saves precious time spent choosing outfits each morning!

If you’re heading for sunshine, pack light, bright and airy clothes to keep you cool and create colourful summer vibes. For colder climates consider pieces that layer well and keep you warm, like jumpers, jackets and scarves.

Love Your Luggage

One of the most important aspects of holiday packing for me is the luggage I choose. Whether it’s a weekend away or a long-haul holiday, I never travel anywhere without my Englana luggage. The pieces are practical, stylish and elegant and ooze 1920s glamour, which I adore.

I love that the collection is cleverly designed to fit perfectly into the boot of my car and in the overhead lockers on planes, so I can pack up and jet off around the UK or abroad with ease.

I use The Hamilton from the Mono Collection for everything from my make-up, hair straighteners and favourite pair of heels to my old, muddy walking boots and rain coat – depending on what adventures we have planned!


Feeling Good Comes First

Feeling good on holiday really does come first! If you’re more comfortable wearing trainers than heels, or would rather opt for bold patterns over pastel shades, then embrace your own sense of style and feel as good as possible so you can enjoy each experience to the fullest.

For me, each holiday is a chance to immerse myself in something new whether it’s tasting local delicacies or embracing vibrant nightlife, every experience is a completely unique adventure!

Best packing tip from Alex Longmore, Jodie’s celebrity stylist

 Pre planning your wardrobe before travelling is absolutely essential, just like Jodie says I advise you to lay out all your outfits on the bed and really stick to the outfit choices you make. Think about the destination you are travelling to and before you make your choice, look on your smart phone to see what the temperature is like at your destination. We have a tendency to over pack and take everything for that eventuality but you will feel so much more liberated if you take what you really need. 

When packing, I always advise to roll up your clothes in your suitcase or luggage. Roll up everything into 'sausage dolls’ that way you can fit so much more in your suitcase and the bonus is once you unpack everything falls out with little or no creases – it really is the best tip. I love plastic toiletry bags and use them for plugs, chargers and all sorts, even socks! The joy is you can see everything in them but it’s all ordered and put away neatly. 

I always take a little SOS bag away with me when flying long haul, including Compeed plasters for tired blistered feet, they are literally my magic weapon! I also pack some Hey Max which acts as such a good barrier to germs on aeroplanes. Then last but not least, a pair of thick cashmere socks, recue remedy and a really good sleep eye mask. These are all game changers when it comes to looking after yourself when travelling.





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