Since we've been traveling quite a lot recently on our book tour, we've been thinking more and more about how to pack. After all, what do you wear when you're meeting hundreds of people who are looking to you for style advice? It's a daunting prospect, being held up as style examples. Of course, in the book, we point out that we're not trying to dictate what anyone should wear, and finding your own style is a matter of personal preference rather than strict rules, but still, when you're meeting someone for the first time you want to look your best ? we're no exceptions! Living out of suitcases, our options are limited ? but that can be freeing, too, if you've done some planning before packing your bags.
It's all about traveling well. Once you reach your destination, how do you avoid looking out-of-place, either under- or over-dressed, or worse ? like a tourist? One easy way to avoid looking out of place is to watch what you're carrying. A backpack will always mark you as a traveler. You'd be surprised how many backpacks we've seen in the past few weeks ? and not just on students. In a sushi restaurant in New York, we spotted a lawyer meeting with clients, carrying... a backpack! If you've passed the Bar, you should no longer carry a backpack! A day bag for traveling shouldn't be as rigid and formal as your normal bag ? it needs to fit in your suitcase. And it definitely needn't cost as much ? it may be manhandled by airport security ? but the fewer snaps, hooks, zippers, and outer pockets, the better. Think sleek and neutral-colored, to match all your travel outfits!