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Packing Tips From Vivian Koo/Owner-Creative Director

I always find traveling overseas on vacation, business or both, this time of year to be a little bit tricky and much of the time, when I travel, I am doing a bit of both. I work first and then take time to go somewhere to relax with family or friends. Since I am away in Asia or Europe every six or so weeks, I have perfected some travel tips that have made looking and feeling good while being completely jet lagged (almost) a breeze.


First let’s talk about what’s on my packing list from Inhabit which keeps me looking pulled together during summer heat waves.


Our long linen gilet is a must. It is a chic, yet comfortable multi-functional piece for the plane, city, office meeting or the beach. Linen looks its best when it’s slightly wrinkled and the gilet over a summer T-shirt dress feels almost as easygoing as pajamas on a long continental flight. It’s also packable and can be worn to the office over a cotton tank and slim trousers or for a night out over jeans. Heading for the beach—it also transforms into the perfect cover up for a swimsuit. Since we designed it, I take it on all my trips. 


Speaking of linen—upgrade your travel T-shirts in Inhabit’s linen. They go anywhere without fuss and are imbued with an effortlessness, allowing you to concentrate on what you are going to do rather than what you are going to wear. 


When traveling in summer, the deep freeze you encounter on long flights seems even more shocking than in the winter due to the fact that you forget about how cold the airlines keep their planes, when the humidity outside is an all-time high. You get on with open toed shoes and a tank and find your teeth chattering before you even take off. Here is where the Inhabit cashmere travel blanket comes in. It’s easy to carry on and wrap it around yourself and you will be cozy and warm throughout the whole flight. You can also use it as a blanket in your hotel room.


In addition to feeling your best and looking chic in every situation, you also need to think about the toiletries carry-on rules and looking your best, even if you have sample sizes of all of your favorite moisturizing products, this is not always an easy feat. Although I am a beauty product junkie, I have learned to leave much of my products at home so as not to hold up the security line, but there is one product which is an all in one eye and lip saver, replete with a mirror, which goes everywhere with me. It is the La Prairie Anti-Aging Eye and Lip Perfection A Porter.


When it comes to jewelry, I try to make a statement on one body part each trip. Traditionally I will bring one pair of earrings, a few rings that are not hard to get off if my fingers swell and my signature stack of bracelets that I wear with one of my father’s watches that I asked to “borrow” because I thought it would look oversized and enduringly current on my wrist. I have about three of his timepieces that I’ve had a loan for, well indefinitely.

I hope you enjoyed my first packing and travel tips blog. This will become a regular feature with my favorite personal pieces from Inhabit as well as pieces from my jewelry box and my overstuffed beauty supply (medicine) cabinet. 

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