By Rebecca Ratterman

Every year, thousands of Virtuoso travel advisors and travel industry experts descend upon Las Vegas for the biggest luxury travel conference of the year, known as the “fashion week of travel.” Here, we interview Virtuoso Week vets on the secrets of their suitcases – plus how they prep for a whirlwind week of outfit changes, marathon days, and more.

Jane Martz, Virtuoso travel advisor
“I created a packing spreadsheet that is essential and, if used properly, gets you five more minutes of precious sleep. It’s broken down by time of day and tells you exactly what your outfit is for each occasion, down to shoes and accessories. It also helps determine where you can re-wear certain pieces for simplified packing. I dash through the halls in flip-flops and change into my actual shoes just before arriving to lunches and dinners.”

Kimberly Wilson Wetty, Virtuoso travel advisor
“I always pack the coziest, feel-good T-shirt, just in case I need a little comfort while in my room regrouping. My go-tos are a 25-plus-year-old Bucknell University Nike tee or a Swim Across America hoodie made by Next Level – it’s the softest cotton ever.”

Hanna Hinz, Director of International Sales, Kempinski
“What helps me through the week is a visit to Whole Foods [a 10-minute drive south of Bellagio]. I always go on Saturday morning and stock up on healthy fruits, veggies, cereal bars, and energy drinks. Most people fly home Friday, but for as long as I can remember, I have flown home on Saturday. That extra day of sleeping in and catching up on vitamin D – aka pool time – makes a huge difference.”

Nicholas Young, Virtuoso travel advisor
“We joke in Australia that Melbourne experiences all four seasons in one day. Virtuoso Week is pretty similar in extremes: One minute you’re bursting into flames in the dry heat, the next you’re shivering in a conference room. I always pack a light jacket, sunglasses, and L’Oreal Paris’ Hydra Energetic Ice Cold Eye Roller. I always overpack, yet land with nothing relevant for one or two functions. The Cruise Night Out white party threw me last year with a hot-flush dash to the mall for a white shirt. Read your invites! I’m totally addicted to Theory, a U.S. brand. Their clothes are indestructible and no ironing is required.”

Kristian Anderson, Senior Vice President of Global Sales, Uniworld
Living on the road, I’ve adapted to a ‘no wrinkles, no worries’ philosophy, and two things have helped: A steamer – I use the World’s Most Powerful Handheld Steamer from Sharper Image – and the miracle in a bottle that is Downy Wrinkle Releaser.”

Pascal Visintainer, Vice President of Luxury Sales, AccorHotels
“When packing, I coordinate my socks with each individual outfit, so there is always an array of colors in my suitcase. It’s an easy and fun way to personalize each look. During one trip, I was asked to do an additional baggage check at the airport. I was short on time that morning and threw everything into my suitcase – it was a mess! The TSA attendant opened my suitcase and looked at me with an ear-to-ear smile. An embarrassing situation indeed for someone who prides himself on being very organized.”

David Solis, Regional Director of Sales & Marketing, One&Only Resorts
“Unpack immediately upon arrival, and then as you change throughout the week, place the used items in your bag neatly. Dirty clothes will take up more space, especially if packing is done in a hurry after a night at Club V.”

Shawna Huffman Owen, Virtuoso travel advisor
“I pack at least seven cashmere wraps for Virtuoso Week. I always bring two by Recreo San Miguel, a line that is co-owned by my good friend Lisa Coleman. They are reversible and make any outfit look chic. I keep a second set of makeup and skincare products ready to go at all times. I learned this from my mom, Pokey Huffman, who embodies what it means to be a travel professional and always looks great.”

Urbano Brini, Co-Founder, Florencetown
“Something I cannot forget to have are my pocket squares. I have more than 80 in every color, fabric, or fantasy. I like to change them every day based on my mood and the day’s style. The best are Missoni: so many colors and so cool.”

Kristen Korey Pike, Virtuoso travel agency owner
“One can never have enough shoes. I wear heels at the appointment tables but keep ballet flats in my tote given the far distances we walk. According to my Health app, I once walked 30,000 steps – almost 15 miles – in one day. Be sure to keep Band-Aids on hand for emergencies.”

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