Look your best while you’re on the move with our list of travel style essentials.
Get suitcases that suit you
Choose a simple, understated colour for your luggage, like black or brown, and a hardwearing material, such as leather or nylon. Your luggage will last a long time and will always look chic. For added style points, match your handbag to your business suitcase for a complete, coordinated look.
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Feel great, look great
Travel outfits don’t have to be a torture. Choose sensible but stylish travel fashion like a loose blouse with classy trousers, and you’ll still look great at the end of your journey. Visit Ivori in Barcelona, a boutique store full of treasures from Catalan fashion brands, and Eliurpi, a Catalan stylist who sells her creations in the heart of the city. Treat your feet to comfortable, flat shoes on the plane and leave your heels packed at the top of your suitcase, ready to wear when you get to your destination. Your knees and back will appreciate it.
Don’t forget about the details: get some stylish travel accessories, like a passport cover, luggage labels and document holders from Mr. Wonderful.
Nail the landing
Have your hair, nail, skin and beauty products packed at the top of your suitcase, ready to freshen up after you’ve landed.
How to pack smart when travelling light
Follow our packing list for the perfect business trip, even if you’re only taking hand luggage:
- Party outfit: Even if you’re not planning on partying, try to always have one or two items to create a look for unexpected evenings out.
- Gym outfit: Exercise helps reduce the stress of business trips.
- Cocktail outfit: Keep it simple for effortless elegance when networking. Choose a classic, such as a little black dress or a black suit. Extra tip: accessorize with details. Book a manicure/pedicure (red is always a good colour for nail paint) at your hotel spa.
- Think in terms of combinations. Mix and match to make outfits look different.
Use a basic-coloured trouser and/or skirt and combine it with different tops and accessories to create new looks for every meeting.
Make up the perfect makeup bag
Buy your essential beauty products in travel size (look at Sephora in Barcelona for options). In some shops you can find travel-format containers to carry your favourite liquid foundation, day and night creams and even your perfume. For brushes, think about a less-bulky set such as those made by Sigma. You could also try multi-purpose makeup sponges like the Beautyblender.
TIP: you can find many cosmetic tutorials on the web to learn how to conceal tiredness with make-up.
Healthy body, healthy mind
Rest, relax and stay fit while travelling for a more productive business trip.
Sport outfits: Bring a kit and easy-to-carry, compact equipment for anywhere workouts. With lightweight resistance bands or suspension trainers you can work out in your hotel room if your hotel doesn’t have a fitness centre, outdoors in a park or garden, or on the terrace of your spa.
Local leisure activities: Buy a city guide and read it during your flight to get a feel for your destination, plan some activities and make the most of your time. Explore art at galleries or connect with culture through museums and guided tours.
Relax in your hotel room: Escape for a while with a book or ebook reader; watch a movie through the hotel TV system or on your computer; take a soak in the bath and enjoy the amenities provided by your hotel. Still not chilled out? Have a cup of tea. Pack some relaxing infusions in your luggage and unwind with a warm drink at the end of a long day.
This is how we do it at Le Méridien Barcelona
– Bathroom amenities by Malin+Goetz:
enjoy our Malin+Goetz amenities available in all our rooms. Malin+Goetz is an American brand offering unisex products that are created for all skin types. They complement your existing beauty regimen and are great for travellers on the go.
– Explore Spa Studio where you can enjoy a massage and/or manicure and pedicure.