Carry on, carry on. A 16-hour flight is b-r-u-t-a-l. Bring entertainment. Lots of it. I'm catching up on all the New Yorkers, The New York Review of Books, and other magazines that have been stacking up in my house. I'm also picking out my favorite gadgets and tools from the Garrett Wade Catalog and listening to my Dipset reunion mixtape while Susan Miller tells me about 2011. I'm also throwing in an eye mask--the most essential item in my carry on.
Meow. These are really just the everyday necessities: wallet, sunglasses, passport, berry. My best friend Jen Brill gave me the puppy dog pouch, which I use for my no-fuss makeup regimen--CHANEL compact powder, eyelash curler, and a cherry lipgloss. I found some HK money from the last time I was there so I can buy a coffee as soon as we land! Score!
Life lesson: bring the face wash, lotion, eye makeup remover, and sunscreen that you use and love. Don't be lazy and think, "I can just get it when I'm there." It never works out. And you break out in zits. My favorites are Dermalogica Face (cleanser, toner, sunscreen), CHANEL anti-puff eye cream with SPF, hair pins from the Japanese supermarket, Kiehl's musk lotion, CHANEL eye makeup remover, and dental floss from Duane Reade. There's more inside my T. Anthony Dopp kit. Embrassingly, a lot more.
Which is the right plug for Hong Kong? Do Beijing and Shanghai have the same one?
Just bring the necessities: work shoes, walking shoes, party shoes, party shoes, and more party shoes.
Jewelry that looks like you didn't try to accessorize with it gets my vote. My Delfina Delettrez eye necklace is everyday, all day perfection. Look at those shiny blue peepers! And I'm bringing these Venessa Arizaga friendship bracelets for my new friends in China.
I don't go anywhere without a great stack of black and white t-shirts, especially my favorite Depeche Mode concert Ts.
I'm hoping for warmish weather so I can wear these vintage puffy-painted jean shorts I just found. With a striped sweater. Comfy T-shirt. White socks. Party shoes. (See the look?)
Business attire: preppy stripes with a neat sweater say, "I'm going to a work meeting." Brighter, bolder stripes say, "I'm ready to sail away to the Kowloon side of Hong Kong."
Bring some floral prints to brighten up your wardrobe. I'm obsessed with psychadelic florals like those on these Versus shorts
White socks always. The black ones are for emergencies. Or bowling.
Let's review with neat piles to assess all the clothing before it goes into the suitcase. We have a few jacket options, including my acne leather Rita and my leopard Supreme M50. Some extra accessories: a maison michel for opening ceremony hat (a must to recreate a Wong Kar-Wei In the Mood for Love feeling), a couple of bag options (again, for day and nighttime activities), and lace bunny ears. Yup.
All I have left to pack are my party dresses. Those will go in a garment bag on top of everything to avoid wrinkling. I think it should all fit. It has to fit.
The Opening Ceremony team is getting ready for the launch of our pop-up shops at Lane Crawford in Hong Kong (April 14) and Beijing (April 16). See what Olivia is packing for her Asian adventure next week!
Packing for a two week overseas trip means assembling a well thought-out suitcase (I'll be traveling with a single 20'' x 34" case), being prepared for your day and nighttime activities, and figuring out how everything's going to fit! Think a mix of necessities, plus the things you love and that you can throw on for any occasion. And definitely enough socks. Also, make sure to pack some of your favorite things so you don't get homesick. But most importantly: ALWAYS leave enough room to buy new things while you are traveling!
i'm suprised you'll be able to fit all of that! such amazing stuff. (i can imagine your look with those denim cutoffs) i'll be heading to HK on the 23rd, hope the shop will still be around! have a lovely time. thanks for sharing Olivia! :D p.s. the white plug on the bottom right is the one you want for HK!
I'm obsessed with having cosmetic water mist to spray on my face the moment I get off a long flight. Evian and Avene both make excellent ones. I absolutely hate the skin dehydration that accompanies a long flight.