HOW TO PACK

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Every gentle­man should learn the art of pack­ing so that he can be on top of any cir­cum­stance and re­tain his com­po­sure through­out. There is method to pack­ing, whether for work or hol­i­day, that en­sures his readi­ness. Should he be called out for a se­cu­rity check, his bag would be the pic­ture of or­der­li­ness. You would never find him en­cum­bered at the air­port, quay or plat­form, but rolling along with per­fect ease. Here is how.

SUR­VIV­ING THE LONG HAUL

Al­ways pack a change of clothes in your carry-on case. Travel en­tails the pos­si­bil­ity of lost or mis­placed bag­gage, and the last thing you want to ex­pe­ri­ence is at­tend­ing a cor­po­rate meet­ing in air­plane cloth­ing. In ad­di­tion, fresh­en­ing up with a change of clothes just prior to land­ing will have you feel­ing bet­ter, even if your shirt is a lit­tle wrin­kled. Keep your jacket, but change the rest.

UTILISE YOUR SPACE

If you are us­ing a keepall to pack your clothes, chances are they will get messed up on the jour­ney. One way to min­imise this is to struc­ture your lug­gage space. Put a pair of shoes on ei­ther side and your belts lined around the base. This for­mats a bot­tom struc­ture that should help to keep your other items in from mov­ing around too much. Or in­vest in a smarter case with pock­ets and com­part­ments for your things.

HIDE AND SEEK

Your per­sonal stuff – un­der­gar­ments, socks, ties and valu­able items are tricky. One trick is to stuff your jew­ellery and other items you arenʼt wear­ing into your socks and stuff those into your shoes. In case thieves get into your lug­gage, itʼs the last place they will look. It also helps to cush­ion them from pos­si­ble dam­age. Your ties can sim­i­larly be rolled up in­side your shoes.

CHOSE WISELY

Fight the urge to bring all your reg­u­lar stuff when you travel. Your wardrobe can­not be squeezed into a suit­case so de­ci­sive­ness is key. Pick your sta­ples first. Then add lay­ers, such as an ex­tra blazer or sweater. Lay­ers are use­ful for keep­ing warm should the weather get un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally cold for the time of year. Opt for versatile items that you can mix and match around, so you can have more per­mu­ta­tions from them. Pick wrin­kle-proof clothes to avoid wast­ing time iron­ing.

WEAR THE HEAVY STUF

Keep the heav­i­est items on you when you travel. That means less to carry around in your bags. Coats and blaz­ers can be hung up for you on the plane.

ROL IT UP

If you ab­so­lutely have to bring a stack of shirts, fold them with the col­lars straight­ened, not folded over, and roll them up. A rolled up shirt takes up a quar­ter of the space as a folded shirt, and wrin­kles less. Do the same for your T-shirts.

Do You Re­ally Need It?

Too of­ten, we toss ran­dom items of cloth­ing into the bag that have lit­tle op­por­tu­nity to get used. Be­fore you start, think re­al­is­ti­cally about what you need, and pick pieces that work in­ter­change­ably to give you dif­fer­ent looks. Since we live in the trop­ics, we tend to over­pack for a winter trip. You can avoid the trap by stick­ing to ne­ces­si­ties and a colour pal­ette that works.

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