Follow our simple solutions and take the load off this vacay!

Photo credit: National Geographic

Photo credit: National Geographic

Serious case of Wanderlust at HAVEN HQ. With summer in our sights and plane tickets at the ready we can’t wait to kick off our shoes and explore.

Now to the fun part: packing (yes, really). Which packing tribe sounds more like you? The Type-A travelista who dusts off her suitcase two weeks before the trip, then strategizes and overthinks every. part. of. the. packing. process. Or the Serial Overpacker who grabs half her wardrobe the just as the cab arrives resulting in half-baked outfits and excess baggage fines (ouch). If either sound familiar, don’t fret. HAVEN has preflight prep down to a science. Follow these few simple steps to bring a bit more savvy into your travel.


The all-important list


Packing lists are a perennial fave. Not only do they invite you to get into the vibe of the destination but they are serious space savers when put into action. Create clear groupings and get writing. Or download HAVEN’s ultimate packing list. How? Sign up to our newsletter HAVEN LIVING to get the link!


Streamline your closet

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Simplify packing AND dressing on the other side. Keep your wardrobe capsule. By packing in the same color family you can layer pieces and change your look seamlessly. Throw in a striped tee and a flirty print dress and you’ve got all your bases covered. One final tip: don’t pack things, pack outfits. Lay each outfit on your bed, including jewellery, bags and shoes for each.


Pack smart

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Suitcase a hot mess? Frustrated rummaging through it? Here’s what we love about packing cubes (and there’s a lot to love): they not only keep everything organized but they actually compress the clothes. File fold within the packing cubes for even more space! VSNOON’s neutral range are some of our faves. We’re also a fan of packing dresses on hangers. Huggable hangars take up very little room in your suitcase - and enable you to hang your delicates the moment you arrive.



Create a suitcase scent


A pro-tip from the HAVEN girls? Nothing says luxury like a bespoke scent when you open your case destination side. We love Vitruvi’s grapefruit oil for its light fresh scent and rejuvenating properties. Put a couple of drops on a cotton pad and stash in your suitcase. Bliss!


Haven’s top of the pods

While away your vacation with our go-to podcasts.

If you like…

…true crime: The Shrink Next Door, The Ballad of Billy Balls, Gladiator. Warning: these are so binge-worthy you may not want to leave your hotel.
…feeding your soul: Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations. Activists, authors and pioneers get the O treatment.
…staying in the loop: NYT’s The Daily. Even on vacation we can’t get enough of Michael Barbaro’s news roundup.
…all things wellness: Goop podcast. Gwyneth + Co bring the digital juggernaut to life.
…career inspo: Second Life. Who What Wear founder, Hilary Kerr, talks career changes with the brightest female leaders