CELLS AND THE ART OF PACKING
It may seem like hyperbole to use the word art in relation to packing; but once one gets it right it makes the pre-, post-, and everything in between experience a dream. On a recent trip with platinum frequent flyers, diamond cruisers, travel agents, tour operators and other folk who regularly use a passport for their profession and live out of their suitcases, I watched with interest who claimed what from the baggage carousel. Black, mediumsized, lightweight, hardside cases on wheels accounted for about 95 per cent of bags. All were festooned with ribbons or a unique luggage tag for easy identification. So far, so normal.
I then asked about the contents and other packing secrets. The most common answer was packing cells. These nifty, zip-up nylon cubes are different sizes to hold specific parts of one’s wardrobe: exercise gear or underwear in one, beach and work clothes in others. If you’re moving around a lot they are easy to pull in and out of the case and, much like drawers, give order to your possessions. The three most sage pieces of advice given were : 1) Leave your vanity at home and accept the fact that packing less and wearing the same clothes over and over is the best way to travel; 2) Take half as many clothes as you think you’ll need and twice as much money; and 3) Leave room for shopping.