How to pack like a pro and travel light

For some it might seem obvious but to my sister, a woman who packs ski pants for a holiday to Barbados, travelling light perplexes her.

Last weekend I went to Florence for a mini-break and I packed so carefully that my boyfriend shared his carry-on suitcase with me. In fairness the split was 40/60 because of a curling iron, but who is splitting hairs?

Now I know what you are thinking, you assume that I achieved this feat while packing in Narnia with the help of my unicorn but you are wrong! Follow my top packing tips so that you too could start travelling light.

Travel Tips:

1. Travel conundrum- it’s hot weather outside but freezing while on board the plane. The solution is a pair of thin, ripped jeans-like Leighs by TopShop.

2. Stick to a black and white colour scheme- not only did Chanel prove that monochrome is classic but it allows you to mix and match outfits for a different look each day. This applies to bikinis too- gone are the days of matchy matchy!

3. Hot vacations leave me feeling sticky so I always pack travel sized body wipes and a spare shirt to wear when the weather cools at night- I consider this is a necessity, not a luxury.

4. Pack 1 multi-way bra that can be worn with everything.

5. ROLL your clothes side by side and stuff your underwear inside your shoes.

6. Always bring a coloured plastic bag for your dirty underwear- nothing is more mortifying than opening your carry-on at security and having everyone see your personals.

Here are my outfits from Florence (guys, I never promised you I was going to make the next Vogue cover). Happy packing and bon voyage!


Zara top, Zara Jeans, Givenchy Handbag- all in stock and in store
My hair is dead straight so I used a curling wand to get these soft curls- Ray Ban aviators
Swatch watch with leather strap- part of the Gentleman’s collection– all in stock and in store
Zara skort that everyone owns, Sandro black top, Black River Island hat and TopShop tier necklace




For Love and Lemons dress, River Island Hat, Givenchy Handbag

For Love and Lemons


  • Nicki

    Nice job, Christie! Your German great-grandmother would be proud! Sorry I missed you in Florence..

    • Anonymous

      I love the idea of rolling things up in your suit case to stop them creasing. The white dress is stunning on you

      • Christiana Courtright

        Rolling is definitely the key to space saving and thank-you for the compliment. That dress was my summer splurge! xox C