HOW TO PACK
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.
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.