Earning the status of a "perfect packer" shows one's mastery of a true art form. It can take years of trial and error to build out the ideal carry-on that's filled with just enough essentials to last an entire trip. Often, starting the packing process with a capsule wardrobe in mind is a good strategy. The idea is to have an edited assortment of items that are versatile and can mix and match to create a range of looks. Given that we routinely turn to industry creatives and experts for sartorial guidance, we thought learning about essentials from a travel pro could be of interest to address any upcoming packing needs.
And that's where Janessa Leoné enters the chat. After launching her eponymous celeb-favourite line in 2013 (her hats have quite the cult following), she's created a luxury lifestyle brand at the forefront of regenerative and sustainable fashion (note the new Réciproque collection). As she's at the helm of her own wildly successful company, she travels frequently for business (as well as for pleasure). Leoné estimates that she takes between 20 and 30 trips per year. Given the frequency over the years, she has developed a well-curated travel wardrobe comprised of useful must-haves. There are eight items that are always in her carry-on along with other seasonal basics to ensure she can create easy, chic looks for travel.
Below, you'll find Leoné's eight travel essentials, complete with styling and shopping inspiration.
"I think an oversize button-down shirt is the most versatile piece in any wardrobe. It can be used as a bathing suit cover-up or worn with a suit. I usually travel with several variations of men's shirts."
"It's pretty rare if you see me in something different than a blazer and jeans. I love the relaxed ease of a blazer. The clean tailoring of a blazer keeps an outfit elevated while being such a simple thing to throw on."
"A classic black boot is an essential part of my wardrobe. I only pack essentials when I travel and usually only carry on a suitcase, so shoe space is limited. A black boot can be worn day and night, leaving room in the suitcase for clothes."
"I am very careful about sun protection for my face, which forces me to travel with a sun hat on almost every trip. I always bring a hat carrier with me to hook onto my purse, which creates a hands-free traveling experience."