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Rachel Zoe's Packing Tips

Pack It Up, in Style

Editor's note: The following is a guest post written by Rachel Zoe, stylist, fashion designer, and creator of The Zoe Report. This week Rachel offers her expert packing tips!

Next in line to styling, I would have to say my greatest skill is the art of packing. Between jet-setting to every Fashion Week around the world, traveling with clients to premieres, and making time for my own beachfront escapes, I have countless hours under my belt practicing how to most efficiently — and stylishly — get from point A to point B. Here are a few of my secrets . . .

1. Assuming you are trekking with an upright rolling suitcase, I suggest layering your belongings inside in the following order: shoes on the bottom (put socks in them to keep their shape and place them within a drawstring bag), folded jeans in the middle, and everything else — blouses, dresses, blazers — on top. Make sure these items are laid neatly flat with as few folds as possible.

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2. Pack any and all precious/fragile pieces in a garment bag separate from your suitcase.

3. Don't overpack. Nothing is as un-chic as an overstuffed suitcase. Not only will it potentially cost you extra money at the airport, but it will also damage the suitcase and contents inside. If you are planning to go on a somewhat lengthy trip, I recommend shipping some of your belongings via FedEx in advance.

4. When you arrive to your destination, unpack as soon as possible to keep your clothes looking fresh.

I could discuss this topic for days — and do in my book, Style A to Zoe — so pick up a copy and turn to Chapter 4: Jet Set for even more tips! Lastly before you go, check out a few of my current favorite travel items below to help you stay in vogue on your journey! xoRZ


Topshop Leopard Print Trolley ($160)

Smythson Travel Wallet and Passport Holder ($340)

Cache Cachet Coverture Set ($79)

Dr. Hauschka TSA Approved Daily Face Care Kit ($79)

Lapin Vilardi Travel Set ($115)
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