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Smythson Damson Travel Clutch.

Photo: Courtesy of Smythson

Susan Harmsworth

Founder and CEO, Espa, Spa and Skincare Brand

Home Base: London

Annual Miles on the Road: 125,000

Philosophy: Less is more.

Check or Carry On? Unless I’m away for more than five days, I carry on.

Preferred Luggage: A Mulberry semi-hard-sided suitcase.

Packing List: Elegant basics: two pairs of trousers, one dress, and one pair of shoes (the other is on my feet).

Technique: Solid items go on the bottom. Then I layer my clothes, which I roll, using tissue paper for delicates.

Double Duty: My Smythson travel wallet also works as an evening clutch.

Beauty Sleep: To cut out the drone of the engines, I use Bose noise-canceling headphones. At touchdown, I use Bach Rescue Remedy drops to reenergize.

Jet-Lag Cure: Upon arrival, I try to go for a swim in my Miraclesuit. It’s so much easier to adjust to the time change when you’re relaxed.

Dieter Morszeck

President and CEO, Rimowa

Home Base: Cologne, Germany

Annual Miles on the Road: 200,000

Philosophy: Comfort and efficiency are everything.

Check or Carry On? If I’m flying within Europe, I carry on. For transatlantic flights, I check.

Preferred Luggage: Our own Rimowa Topas Titanium suitcase with a removable Flex Divider System, which helps everything fit and eliminates shifting.

Packing List: Two Brooks Brothers non-iron dress shirts for work and special occasions. If I have to go straight to a meeting, I wear my jacket on the plane and tuck an Hermès tie into my pocket.

Technique: I fold and stack everything neatly, and never overload. It’s horrible on the luggage itself, and wrinkles your clothes.

Mile High: I’m a pilot, so I always travel with Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses on the chance I can squeeze in a few hours flying in a new city.


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