The ultimate in travel tips! In anticipation for our buyers’ trip to Fashion Week in Paris this week, we asked them to share their top tips for travelling with ease.
Well worn experiences from the travel-obsessed buyers, these morsels are definitely worth taking note. Case in point, Buying Director Amelia made it her goal to travel to 30 countries by 30.
BUYING DIRECTOR. Amelia Taylor.
1. TIGHT TURNAROUNDS
Tight connections should never be considered lightly. If you have an hour or less between flights you must make sure you collect the boarding pass for your onward journey when you first check-in. You won’t have time to find the ticket counter, stand in-line and wait.
Keep it moving people. No time for Duty-Free or coffee stops.
Dubai airport is the WORST for this, three enormous terminals that take at least half an hour to travel from one to the other.
2. LINK UP
You may have a travel companion on your flight but have booked and paid for your tickets separately. Phone the airline and connect your bookings in their system. Any upgrades you receive, your travel partner will receive them also. It’s free so go for it!
3. ALWAYS LEAVE WITH YOUR DATE
Whether or not you follow this etiquette in dating life, this is an absolute must if you are travelling with someone. Even if you are in different classes, make sure you are with your travel companion when disembarking. In some cases (it has happened to all our buyers), especially if the airline is using bus transfers, you may be dropped somewhere completely different to the other person, never to reconnect again. Add a Tight Turnaround to this and missing the plane is inevitable.
4. HONG KONG
If you don’t need to stop in Hong Kong for a particular reason, Amelia recommends avoiding this connection. Hong Kong is prone to typhoons, the result of which can strand you in this airport for hours and days.
SENIOR BUYER. Anastasia Tushuizen.
With a love for delving deep into cultures and language, Anastasia has her own collection of travel tips to get you prepared for that next adventure.
1. EVERYTHING BUT THE MEDICINE CABINET ITSELF
I am a culprit. But admitting that you have a problem is the first step to recovery. Unless you are travelling to a remote desert island or a developing country, there is no need to bring the whole contents of a pharmacy away with you. Most countries have things called chemists or pharmacies and – if you’re like me – are actually an amazing adventure into new and different products never seen in Australia. You could even call it a cultural exercise! In all seriousness though, we would hazard a guess that every pharmacy you enter will have A. Bandaids. B. Paracetamol. C. Rehydration products and I don’t need to continue….
2. COATHANGERS + DRYCLEANING BAGS
We adore our jobs! Jetting off to glorious parts of the globe to bring our Le Louvre girls our world-class selection. However, this means long-haul flights and the non-negotiable fact that we land and hit the ground running. We not only have to dress professionally, but we are also representing our brand that is Le Louvre. Wrinkled clothes ticks neither of those boxes. It takes no more room than folding but all our clothes go into the suitcase on hangers. Unpacking takes minutes only. And for the crushable pieces simply cover with a dry cleaner bag!
Whether it’s new makeup, postcards or work receipts, you can never have enough clear zip lock bags. The best ones are from Muji. Crystal clear means you know exactly what’s in them and no more loose articles to damage your clothing as they fly through the luggage conveyor belts. I also like these ones from Officeworks, they are hardy and can cope being packed to the brim with goods.