Fiona Kotur’s Holiday Packing Essentials

Having lived in Hong Kong for over 15 years, accessories designer and Hong Kong Mom of four boys Fiona Kotur knows a thing or two about packing for holiday — whether her family is off to a beach or urban destination.  Here, she shares her top essentials for a well-stocked suitcase.

Beach Holiday Essentials

Portable Cabana I have a surprisingly-portable, awning-stripe beach tent, which I love — it provides shade and it feels like my own little cabana.

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Portable Beach Cabana from The Stripes Company

Sunscreen to protect my family’s skin from the sun — I travel with Tatcha’s Pore Perfecting sunscreen. And I use and self-tanning lotion to tone down the white glow of my pale skin! Self-tanning lotion is the only way my skin can achieve a “sun-kissed” look.

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Tatcha’s Pore Perfecting Sunscreen in Travel Size

Kaftans For me, my suitcase always contains a slew of kaftans, for day and evening, long and short. One of my favorite places to buy them is at Tabla in Prince’s Building.

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Kaftan from Tabla

Books The ocean is the most relaxing place to enjoy a great book, so I pack enough for the whole family.

Totes A set of L.L. Bean nesting monogramed canvas tote bags (a classic!) —  from XL to mini, to always look coordinated. They organize me!

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L.L.Bean Boat Tote

Big Jewelry — but never the real thing! Stacks of bangles, oversized shell or horn pendants. Casual and sometimes fun, always statement.

 

City Holiday Essentials

Comfortable Shoes I love to walk everywhere possible when exploring a city. My Black Vans are the usual go-to shoes.

 

Vans Slip-On Sneaker
Vans Slip-On Sneaker

Jeans from Mother or COS

Mother Jeans from Net-A-Porter
Mother Jeans from Net-A-Porter

Easy Dresses A slew of Lanvin dresses, from the Alber Elbaz days. Usually drape-y silk or cotton-knit as they pack easily, always look great and can be worn with Vans during the day and strappy sandals with a smoking jacket at night.

Metro Card/ Octopus Card or equivalent for the family as public transport is the best way around a city when it’s too far to walk.  As wonderful as the water taxis were in Venice, the boys had a truly fantastic time on the water bus!

Travel Guides A list of friends’ suggestions, Luxe City Guides where possible, and a Lonely Planet book.  The best way to see cities is high/low and to know what the city is known for — the best restaurant, street food, museums, galleries, and graffiti for example. You need a little grit to discover the soul of a place.

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Luxe Guides

Monopoly: My sister introduced this as a family sport, and now we travel with our Monopoly board and the four boys, my husband and I play together at night in our hotel room!

Monopoly -- Hong Kong Edition
Monopoly — Hong Kong Edition

 

Shop Kotur bags and shoes, and learn more about Fiona’s effortlessly-chic style on www.koturltd.com.

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