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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.

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