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HOW KENNETH STAYS AHEAD OF THE PACK

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TIPS & TRICKS TO MAKE YOUR TRAVEL WARDROBE GO THE DISTANCE

Kenneth Cole providing travel and packing tips.

Kenneth Cole is no stranger to long journeys. As founder of his own eponymous fashion house, he’s spent his career flying all over the world for design meetings, philanthropic visits, and inspiration trips that boost creativity. When it comes to practical and polished outfits that travel well, Kenneth is a pro. We tapped his expertise to bring you five tips that will prevent you from ever packing poorly again.

1.) ONLY PACK ITEMS THAT MATCH. “Before putting items into a suitcase, lay them out on your bed. Make sure everything on the bed matches everything else on the bed. Try to go with all neutrals, such as black or grey, and then maybe add one complementary color.”

2.) WEAR YOUR BULKIEST ITEMS. “Coats, heavy shoes, and boots are better worn in transit. Otherwise, they’re monopolizing precious space in your suitcase.”

3.) PACK EXTRA ACCESSORIES. “Accessories are easy to pack and don’t take up a lot of space—they can be easily stuffed into shoes and corners. Extra belts, socks, and ties will extend the life of your travel wardrobe.”

4.) LIMIT YOURSELF TO A CARRY-ON SUITCASE. “By only bringing a suitcase that fits in the overhead compartment, not only are you streamlining your actual travel, you’re also ensuring that you don’t over-pack. Limited space forces you to edit and plan to a T.”

5.) DON’T FORGET THE AMENITIES. “Packing a small Bluetooth speaker and a portable candle is key to making a hotel room your own—they’re two tiny things that can hugely improve your travel experience (while also warding off homesickness).”