Women Who Travel Podcast: A ‘Vogue’ Editor's Packing Secrets
09.11.2023 - 14:49
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Should I check my luggage or carry-on? Fold or roll? Bring one pair of shoes or...seven? Packing for a trip, when done well, can feel like an art form—yet one that few of us seem to have figured out. This week, Chloe Malle, the new editor of Vogue.com and the host of Vogue’s podcast The Run-Through with Vogue, joins Lale in the studio to dish her packing wisdom—and answer listeners' burning questions.
Lale Arikoglu: Welcome to Women Who Travel. I'm Lale Arikoglu. I'm very excited because today we're recording an episode I've wanted to make for a long time, and that's how to pack with help from Vogue. I'm joined today by CM. She's the new editor of Vogue.com and the host of Vogue's podcast, The Runthrough With Vogue. Welcome, Chloe.
Chloe Malle: Thank you, Lale. I'm so excited to be here. I love talking about packing.
LA: Don't we all?
LA: Or at least, I love complaining about packing.
LA: Um, so we have a lot of questions in our inbox from listeners and some from your listeners too, great. So I would love to start talking about you and your relationship to travel. Working for Vogue, obviously, makes anyone think you're going to be traveling around the world for your job. I don't know if that's true, but I'm interested to know what your relationship to travel is both in your personal life and in work.
CM: So I was very lucky growing up. It was very much just my mom and I living together and my father lived ... We lived in Los Angeles. My father lived in Paris, so we traveled often from when I was very little to see him and so, I feel like my mother and I were always, uh, a good travel team. Um, although she, now that I have young kids, has reminded me that she used to travel in, uh, matching ponchos for me and her because I vomited so often that she would have extra clothing and full ponchos, uh, like, through the airport. Which doesn't sound as glamorous as my memory of it, but
LA: I was going to say, this transatlantic trip to Paris.
CM: Yes, exactly.
LA: ... not, not as chic as one would-
LA: ... quite imagine.
CM: It's like a Paddington—
CM: ... situation. [laughs] But I traveled a lot as a young adult. After college, I lived in the Horn of Africa for a year and traveled a lot in that region. And I think the different regions that you travel in, there's different rules for the best way to travel, and so I think that you learn a lot when a different city is your hub. So if I'm traveling places from New York, I have different approaches than when I'm traveling from [inaudible 00:02:10] or if I'm traveling from Paris.
For work, I've