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Luxury travel tip: a scarf is an essential item, wherever

Pull your feet, held by the scarf, back over to the ground behind your head

Simply Sunday.

My essential packing list, be it for an overnight or for a three-weeker – and as you know I do any length of trip, even three weeks, with my beloved Porsche Design Rimowa – my essential packing list includes a five-foot black and gold scarf.

It is not quite what they call gossamer but it is very fine and takes up no space.

It is also incredibly versatile.  It can be worn as a scarf.  It can form a shoulder strap to make a hand-bag into a shoulder bag.  I have worn it as a belt.

And when, as in Cannes for ILTM a few days ago, there is no time to go to the gym to find, and use, a Pilates ball, I tie the scarf round my feet, as shown, and pull my conjoined feet back over my head, to the ground behind, getting the same type of leg stretch a Pilates ball would give.

I love it, by the way, when hotels put gym equipment in the room, a small step machine or weights (though I can use bottles from the minibar).

Only at Shambala, Douw Steyn’s divine luxury safari lodge north of Johannesburg, did my ‘room’, or thatched honeycomb pod, come with a Pilates ball.