For the last 18 years, my family and I have been living the expat life in London. With family and friends around the globe, let’s just say we have pretty much mastered the art of traveling light; requiring a knowledge of where everything is and having it all to hand at any given moment. Here are some of our tips to pass on to your favorite traveler.
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Above: My architect/urban designer husband travels every week and is a stickler for carry-on luggage only. In an attempt to wean him off his ubiquitous black wheelie bag, I’d like to introduce him to the Aviation Luggage Parachuter Bag, designed to specifically meet airline carry-on restrictions; €540. For more information about the Parachuter Bag, see Aviation Luggage in Kildare Town, Ireland.
Above: I have a drawer full of Muji’s Nylon Mesh Hard Cases in all sizes; perfect for toiletries, foreign money, and teen electronic accessories; the cases are available in small, medium, and large and range in price from $4.75 to $6.25.
Above: And finally at home, it’s fun to mark past trips or future ones with the Pin City/Pin World Wall Maps from Palomar. They make a perfect base for pinning souvenirs and photos. Cities include Amsterdam, Paris, New York, London, and Berlin; City Map, €35; World Map, €40.