Stella's Obsessions: Packing for Business and Pleasure

Stella's Obsessions: Packing for Business and Pleasure

Traveling away to four cities in ten days.



Traveling away to four cities in ten days.

Text: Stella Pak

As an ongoing series, V's Contributing Beauty Editor Stella Pak indulges us with her current obsessions.

What started as a 3-day trip to London became 10 days adding on Vienna, Paris, and Brittany. As excited as I was to travel, each leg of my trip was added on at the very last minute for work and included an extended day here and there. Juggling work, squeezing a few days in for pleasure while considering mercurial microclimates, the excitement quickly grew to anxiety over packing. I’d need sensible layers, options for heels and workout clothes in case I end up sightseeing with an outdoor run. How do I pack a gown for a gala and avoid wrinkles on a silk dress when my gut tells me the hotel wouldn’t have a reliable steaming service? As much as I like the idea of traveling light it never ends up that way because a girl needs options.

I was relieved to find that Away recently launched the Aluminum Edition and saved me from my last minute scramble. The perfect flashy and classy neutral if you want something more exciting than the standard black, navy and gray. Reserving The large luggage for business looks and skin care regimen that doesn’t come in travel friendly sizes, I gently rolled the freshly dry cleaned pieces still in its plastic on one side, while the other held together three pairs of shoes, two sneakers, and two evening clutch options securely locked into TSA approved passcode protected locks.

The real lifesaver is the Away Carry-On. There are 2 options you can choose from. The Carry-On or the Bigger Carry On. Bigger is always better in my opinion. If you’re ever dealing with shorter trips and want to avoid the chaos of baggage claim, the Bigger Carry-On gives you room for your essentials and a little something extra just in case. Both options come with an ejectable battery that charges your devices as you’re on the go. When boarding your flight, a flight attendant may stop and ask that you remove battery from your luggage. With its toaster design system, its quite simple as its not built into the unit and it pops right out. Away also considered your international travel needs and included adapters compatible with Europe, Asia and Australia along with a micro USB cable in a mesh pouch. As for my silk gown, it was softly tucked into the Away Signature Garment Bag and made its way through 2 cities without a wrinkle in sight.

As life usually does to all of us, the Aluminum Edition will eventually age and collect dents and scratches building its cosmetic character through its travels. Four airports and a train ride from Paris to Rennes, my luggage faired quite well. If you’re in the market, there’s a 100-day money back guarantee and a lifetime warranty with your purchase. With its approachable price point and considered design, it may be worth booking your wanderlust desires for summer and just get Away.

 

 

Credits: COVER IMAGE FROM VMAN38

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