Steps to Per­fect­ing Pack­ing

As fre­quent trav­el­ers, we rarely think about how we pack for our trips – but maybe we should

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Many busi­ness trav­el­ers are on the road so fre­quently that pack­ing for the next trip merely in­volves swap­ping out clean clothes for the dirty laun­dry. Af­ter awhile it gets to be unin­spir­ing rote – a place for any­thing and every­thing in its place.

But just be­cause you’ve done it that way a hun­dred times doesn’t mean there’s not a bet­ter way, ideas, strate­gies and tech­niques you can adopt to make the chore eas­ier on your­self.

Here­with we of­fer some of our sug­ges­tions, many taken from your com­ments on our Busi­ness Trav­eler fo­rum. that will weigh you down. Ev­ery ounce counts, es­pe­cially when air­lines charge for what you take on board. Don’t for­get the lit­tle stuff; jew­elry, sun­glasses and, gen­tle­men, maybe a tie or two.

To min­i­mize the num­ber of sep­a­rate cloth­ing items you have to take, avoid pack­ing bright col­ors and jazzy prints – stick to neu­trals, black and white. Also con­sider util­ity: ver­sa­tile choices and smart ca­sual at­tire can suf­fice in most sit­u­a­tions.

Pack out­fits chrono­log­i­cally. Think about your itin­er­ary, with your first day’s clothes placed at the top and your last day’s at the bot­tom to save dis­turb­ing your care­ful fold­ing. rather than fold­ing – clothes in the suit­case.This keeps them wrin­kle-free and smooth for when you hang them in the ho­tel closet. LouisVuit­ton’s Art of Pack­ing video se­ries pro­vides sev­eral help­ful tu­to­ri­als.

Travel with clothes made of crease-free fab­ric to min­i­mize iron­ing. Cot­ton-poly blend fab­ric dries much faster than pure cot­ton, so pack clothes and un­der­wear of this ma­te­rial if you need to wash them, es­pe­cially on longer trips. Also take along travel size pack­ets of laun­dry de­ter­gent.

Pack a few wire clothes hang­ers.They take up vir­tu­ally no space and al­low you to hang items af­ter hand­wash­ing, and em­ploy the“shower-steam- iron­ing”tech­nique to take care of stub­born creases.The ho­tel hang­ers of­ten only have the lit­tle nubs at the top for use in the closet (i.e., no hooks) or are of an un­suit­able shape or ma­te­rial.

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