Style, Travel

My how-to-travel-in-style tips in the new Talisman magazine.

Talisman Magazine Karin Barnhoorn

When Talisman Travel Design agency asked me about my travel habits for their new luxury Talisman Magazine, I was happy to answer their questions and share my tips. How to travel in style, which suitcase and what to wear during a long distance flight? Which item is essential?

Most important for me is to travel not only in style (hey, you never know who you might meet and who wants to look like a tourist?) but also to travel in comfort. Said it many time before, but less is more for me. One suitcase, one handbag.
After 30 years of travelling the globe – I don’t even dare to think about my carbon footprint, not so sustainable – I am still amazed what people drag on board as carry on luggage. What is in there?

The Talisman Magazine is in Dutch – click here for the Dutch version – therefore a summary below in English:

Talisman Magazine Rimowa

Rimowa Classis Flight suitcase

For years and years I travel with the one and only suitcase I own: my Rimowa Classic Flight medium. And it shows. My suitcase is dented and bruised, age is just a number also counts for him/her.
One suitcase must do, so this space is my limit. It’s a challenge to just pack exactly that what I can use in any situation. Beach, city, safari, museum or even a gala dinner. I could travel a week or a month, this suitcase is what I bring.
When it comes to hand luggage, also one bag only. Mostly my Birkin (this bag really is made for travelling, hence the Jane Birkin story from ’83 when she was seated next to Hermès ceo Jean-Louis Dumas and complained about not finding a suitable leather travel bag. The rest is history) or my Gucci backpack.

Talisman Magazine Prada nylon toiletbag

Prada Nylon cosmetic bag

Travelling light is my adage, always on the quest for the most efficient and light products. I found the ultimate cosmetic bag! At the Prada men’s department…  This pouch has two outside pockets with zipper, two inner compartments and is made of nylon. Finished with signature Prada Saffiano leather trim. Flexible enough to squeeze into an open space.

Talisman Magazine cashmere

What to wear during the flight?

Cashmere and cotton! These two are key. I wear a luxurious take on the sweat pant, either in cashmere by Filippa K. or Peter Hahn. A recent find is a dark blue pint striped stretchy cotton pants by Dutch brand Sylver.
On top a cotton camisole and white cotton men’s shirt, with Sophie d’Hoore as my all time favourite. A jacket and sneakers to finish the look. On board I immediately exchange the jacket for a cashmere poncho. All these items I wear during my trips as well.

talisman magazine skincare emerginc hydra capsules

Skin care favourites, EmerginC & Origins

Both on board and during my trips. A plane ride and skin dehydration go hand in hand. Besides drinking no alcohol and lot’s of water, I swear by the Hydra Repair Capsule of EmerginC. One capsule is enough, I enter the flight with a clean face and no make-up (red lips as diversion, easy to remove once on board) and divide this oily cream over face and neck. Bye, bye dehydrated skin.

Essential in my cosmetic pouch is a bottle of micellar water. The miracle facial cleanser and the easiest solution. No water needed, just a cotton pad.

Talisman Magazine Eres Swimsuit

Which item is essential?

Hm. Difficult question but I think my Eres swimsuit. Not only for swimming but also easy under the white cotton shirt (see above) and paired with cut-off jeans short or sarong during a healthy outside lunch on the terrace.
I am an Eres fan, because of the simply designs, great fit and high quality fabric.

All these items are quite expensive, I do realise that. But once again, quality over quantity will safe money on the long run. They last a lifetime, I regard them as my travel investments. And enjoy my ROI to the max each time a start a new journey.

Talisman Magazine Karin Barnhoorn

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  • Reply Annelies Reugebrink at

    Hi Karin,
    Being a compulsive traveller myself I must state that
    I get truly inspired by your excellent travel light tips, for which I thank you!
    May I add the following observations;
    travelling in Africa on small planes, metal suitcases are sometimes not allowed, so I tend to swap mine for a KIPLING soft waterproof travel bag, with wheels and lots of side pockets.Also I tend to prefer a slung over the shoulder cross body bag, in situations where you prefer to have both hands free.( I am still dreaming of a cognac coloured saddle bag from Hermes with the H…done in small holes on the outside.
    Keep going strong! X A

  • Reply Karin B. at

    Tnx for the tip, Annelies!
    And that Hermès Evelyn bag will once be yours. I hope soon :-)) x

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