The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - WELCOME - JANA FRAWLEY NA­TIONAL TRAVEL EDI­TOR

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.

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