WHETHER travelling for business or pleasure, you need to pack essentials that will help you work, rest and play.
Space and weight are obviously considerations. I lived out of a suitcase for two decades and built a reputation that I could be anywhere in the world within 48 hours. The principles I used then still hold.
Spread out everything you think you’ll need on the bed, then put back at least half the clothes assembled. Less is usually more in this instance.
Remember, unless you are going somewhere vey remote, you can buy anything you missed.
Start your packing by placing small valuable items like sunglasses, iPod and jewellery inside a pair of shoes. This will not only protect them, but also save space.
Put all liquid toiletries, such as cologne, shampoo, conditioner and moisturiser, in plastic bags before you put them in your toiletries bag. Then to play even safer, place that bag in a plastic bag. This will reduce the chance of your clothes smelling like a perfume factory should something spill or break during the flight.
Turn suit jackets and blazers inside out to protect them from wrinkling. Fold jumpers and knitwear the width of your suitcase or travel bag to prevent bunching. Roll small items such as underwear, bathers, shorts, Tshirts and socks. That will be a cushion for protection as well as saving space.
In order of packing, start by placing shoes sole down at the bottom of your bag or suitcase, followed by jeans and pants that are folded in half. This will also be a cushion for more valuable materials and items, such as jackets and blazers, which are packed next.
Then place rolled up underwear, bathers, shorts, socks and T-shirts down the side of the suitcase. Folded knitwear and toilet bag are last. Pack a few extra plastic bags for dirty laundry.
On arrival, unpack and hang up your clothes. This will limit creasing.