by julia dzafic
Happy Sunday! We’ve been so excited to debut our newly launched site, and with an emphasis on both location and style, we’re even more excited to post this exclusive interview with style and travel expert: Hitha Palepu of HITHA ON THE GO. Read on to find out more about Hitha’s packing tips, and fashion, beauty and packing essentials!
What is your number one beauty product for travel and why?
Just one?! I’d have to say it’s Embryolisse’s “Miracle Cream” - it works for your face, your lips, your hands, EVERYTHING. And it feels divine.
What are your top 3 tips for packing the perfect carry on for long flights?
Pack the items you’ll use last at the bottom of your bag. Bring your own empty water bottle and ask the flight attendant to fill it up for you. And bring a newspaper, magazine, or actual book to read during take-off and landing - Town & Country, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times are my favorites.
For short trips, any advice on how to pack using just a carry on?
Select your outfits ahead of time and make sure you’re wearing most pieces at least twice. Be brutally honest with yourself - are you actually going to work out, do you REALLY need that third pair of heels, are you going to use every single one of those eyeshadows? Pack only what’s necessary and edit, edit, edit! For example, I stopped bringing sneakers with me and throw in a single pair of workout clothes, and rely on Ballet Beautiful workouts when I’m traveling.
What is your go-to travel outfit?
Rag & Bone black legging jeans, an Equipment silk blouse, a Julie Vos scarf, Tieks or a pair of smoking loafers, and delicate jewelry that won’t set off the metal detectors.
How have you become such an expert on travel and packing?
It was a lot of trial and error. I grew up traveling often; we went to India at least every other year, and lots of domestic trips in between. When I started working with my current company (I’m the VP of business development for a specialty pharmaceutical company), I was traveling every other week. I would overpack, be supremely lazy about unpacking, and ended up frustrated with the whole process. Through a lot of trial and error, I’ve honed my own packing process and have developed it into my own company - Portavi!
What do you love most about traveling?
There’s nothing I love more than immersing myself into a new culture - the food, the language, the fashion, everything. I think it’s good to get out of your own comfort zone every now and then - you’ll be shocked at what you learn about yourself! For me, it’s how quickly I can pick up on key phrases in local languages, which goes a long way when interacting with the locals.
Based on your travel experiences what location has been the hardest location to pack for?
Multiple-city trips that have variable climates are definitely the trickiest. My most difficult trip was a two week business/pleasure trip in Chicago, Columbus, and Las Vegas. Let’s just say the clothes I was wearing in Vegas did not make an appearance at my business meetings.
What should one be aware of when packing?
Stay away from new trends or styles when you’re packing, and pack the items that you love and are flattering. There’s nothing worse than arriving at your destination and hating everything in your suitcase. At the very least, you should have your go-to swimsuit, jeans, comfortable heels, blazer, and tees/blouses.
From past experiences what location has been the hardest location to pack for?
Panama - I hadn’t taken into account that it was the rainy season. I try to re-wear a lot of clothes, and couldn’t due to the humidity. I also failed to factor in the insane amount of bugs that were happily ensconced in our resort in the rainforest, forcing us to spend more time in our room than we would have liked. Never again!