If you move in the luxury travel arena you are in for lots of perks, pampering and treats. A great luxury trip is about solid travel preparation. It does not matter how you travel, where you stay and what your level of service expectations are, there are still some special travel packing tips just for you. What exactly is luxury travel? It can be any type of travel that affords the highest level of service for your money. Yes, a high level of comfort should accompany the service you receive but it’s all about impeccable service. Because its a service issue the luxury travel industry covers just about anything and anywhere you can imagine you would like to see. Cruises, rail tours, safaris, luxury family vacations and even adventure travel is now widely available in the luxury travel category. Gourmet tours, symphony tours, cooking and wine tours, villas, castles and anything in between are just some of the standard luxury travel options. From all of this a list of major luxury tour operators has emerged including Abercombie and Kent, Travcoa, Tauck, African Travel, Micato & the Big Five.

What To Pack . . .

Start with our What To Take page. Keep in mind that luxury travel has a level of patronage that tend to dress on the more “high end” of the spectrum. Even shorts and sport shirts will be laundered with crisp pressed creases rather than “sack packed” and rolled with wrinkles. Some destinations, resorts and hotels require minimally country club casual attire so before you leave home, plan your wardrobe carefully. Women should add two dresses or long skirt combinations for dining and more formal occasions. Men should have two blazers and one suit minimally with dress shirts. If theatres and symphonies are planned add a set of formal attire and shoes.

How To Pack . . .

With porters and bellman fawning over your every move it is highly unlikely you have to carry much. Tip generously but always carry one hand held bag. It can be fairly small but it should contain everything of value you are taking. Money, valuables, medications, passport and credit cards should all be in your one light carry on along with some type of entertainment such as a book or music player. Even though you may fly first class waiting in airports and lost luggage happens to everyone.

Leave The Good Jewellery Home . . .

“Faux your own good” is a silly travel saying that is true: expensive, flashy jewellery marks you as a luxury traveller and a particular target of thieves and pick pockets. Junk jewellery or fabulous fakes travel beautifully. Take tos instead. Also leave home items of great monetary or sentimental value where you know they are safe. Think of it this way, it means you will be a little more carefree while traveling.

Expectations . . .

There are certain levels of service and high expectations that you can count on when in the luxury travel arena. Vacation in the world’s most coveted destinations. Stays are in elegant accommodations. Service is meticulous. Every detail is handled, every annoyance banished. Luxury and convenience are the focus for the traveller.