The one rule I break in a hotel room

Lyndon Terracini cut his teeth on stage as a baritone, but for the past nine years he has overseen Australia’s biggest stage productions.

As Opera Australia’s artistic director, he travels to check on productions running nationwide, alongside regular globetrotting in search of the best on the international stage.

W ith an annual itinerary in which he takes in an average of 10 countries (his next trip alone covers London, Berlin, Vienna, Milan, New York, and Beijing), the seasoned traveller has become a proficient packer.

MY PACKING STYLE IS …

Pretty organised and minimalistic. I have my packing done the day before I leave, so it’s a fairly stress-free process heading to the airport. I pack just enough clothes for a week, no matter how long I’m away for, and rotate those items. That’s why they invented washing machines!

I MAKE A HOTEL ROOM FEEL LIKE HOME BY …

Leaving the TV on for background noise, both throughout the day and the night. I don’t do this when I’m at home, but when I’m away it helps make a hotel feel more like home. I need the noise to sleep properly.

I PACK FOR A TRIP BY …

Knowing what season it is at my destination. I don’t check the weather forecast too intently, nor pack for four seasons in one day.

Lyndon Terracini leaves the swimmers at home these days.Source:Supplied

ESSENTIALS FOR A WORK TRIP …

A suit, a handful of shirts and a few ties. If I’m going to somewhere like New York in January, I might indulge and bring a hat for extra warmth.

MY LUGGAGE IS …

The biggest carry-on suit bag that will fit into the overhead compartment, plus a small-wheeled Samsonite suitcase. I try not to check in any luggage, even for international trips, because I usually don’t have enough time to wait around for it.

FIRST THING PRO FLYER DOES AFTER TAKE-OFF

MY OUTFIT WHEN I TRAVEL …

Usually a sweatshirt, jeans and slip-on shoes. If I’m on a long haul, once I’m on the plane I change into comfy pyjamas to get the best sleep possible.

MY TOP CARRY-ON TIP IS …

Pack as much as you can in one bag so you can walk straight off the plane and go directly where you need to be.

Lyndon Terracini’s next itinerary includes Vienna, home to its beautiful Opera House.Source:istock

I NEVER BOARD WITHOUT …

A sleeping mask. I can sleep through anything – I could probably sleep standing up – so I don’t need noise-cancelling headphones. But a sleeping mask to block out visual distractions is handy. I actually tend to get more sleep on flights than I do in my own home.

THE BOARDING GATE RULE I ALWAYS BREAK

MY TOP PACKING HACK …

Shoving everything into a bag and then jiggling it around until the zips close! It hasn’t failed me yet!

WASH BAG STAPLES INCLUDE …

Shaving cream, razor, toothpaste, toothbrush and deodorant.

BIGGEST PACKING MISTAKE …

Generally taking too much. It’s always on the top of my list of “don’ts” now.

MY GO-TO TRAVEL APP IS …

My executive assistant, Ange, who makes sure I get to wherever I need to go, in the same way that other people rely on apps for that kind of thing.

AWKWARD UPGRADE TRUTH NOBODY MENTIONS

I USED TO PACK …

Swimming shorts, but I never went to the hotel pool – even if I’d planned to.

MY PACKING RESOLUTION IS …

To streamline my minimal style even more so that I pack even less.

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