Steps to Perfecting Packing
As frequent travelers, we rarely think about how we pack for our trips – but maybe we should
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.