Getaway host Catriona Rowntree shares her foolproof tips for packing


Getaway host Catriona Rowntree shares her foolproof tips for packing for an overseas trip – and what item you should NEVER bring

Catriona Rowntree certainly knows how to pack a suitcase, seeing as she has been all over the world as a host on travel show Getaway.

The 51-year-old has shared her tips for making sure that she’s perfectly packed for any trip. 

The television host lays out all the items she wants to bring – then spends several days deciding if she really needs all the pieces she’s grabbed. 

Catriona Rowntree (pictured) certainly knows how to pack a suitcase, seeing as she has been all over the world as a host on travel show Getaway

Catriona Rowntree (pictured) certainly knows how to pack a suitcase, seeing as she has been all over the world as a host on travel show Getaway

‘A week before I go away I generally put everything out and I either start to add or subtract what I think I’ll need,’ she tells Nine Now.  

‘I always do my homework. I get my phone and look at what the weather is like. Check Instagram, see what the locals are wearing’. 

She then adds everything to a check list using her ‘add and subtract’ method, and the night before her departure, anything that has been ticked off goes into the bag. 

The television host lays out all the items she wants to bring - then spends several days deciding if she really needs all the pieces she's grabbed

The television host lays out all the items she wants to bring – then spends several days deciding if she really needs all the pieces she’s grabbed

Catriona also uses packing cubes in various sizes for lingerie and other small items, takes clothes that don’t need to be ironed, sticks to three colours so she can ‘mix and match’ her outfits – and warns not to bring too many shoes. 

One major tip – ‘never take anything you’d be upset to lose’ Catriona insists, and take photos of your luggage in case your bag gets lost. 

A piece of surprising advice that flies in the face of modern travel tips – the TV host prefers to fold her clothes rather than roll them.     

'I always do my homework. I get my phone and look at what the weather is like. Check Instagram, see what the locals are wearing' she said

‘I always do my homework. I get my phone and look at what the weather is like. Check Instagram, see what the locals are wearing’ she said 

When it comes to the suitcase itself, Catriona prefers a hard case with wheels, that doesn’t look too fancy so as to be stolen or too ‘dodgy’ to be searched, and she always ties on a red ribbon for luck. 

Catriona also has one item that she never leaves any country without – a new hat.

She brings home headwear from each place she visits and has an extensive collection after 25 years of galivanting in over 100 countries. 

Catriona also has one item that she never leaves any country without - a new hat

Catriona also has one item that she never leaves any country without – a new hat

‘When I first started on Getaway, I used to buy so many souvenirs that my cameraman said to me, ‘Just pick one thing to collect!’ So, hats from across the world it is’ she told Nine. 

Despite concentrating her foraging efforts on the accessories, Catriona also often picks up one more item.

‘That said, my fridge magnet collection is pretty bloody impressive!’ she added. 

'That said, my fridge magnet collection is pretty bloody impressive!' she added

 ‘That said, my fridge magnet collection is pretty bloody impressive!’ she added

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