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5 Ways to Pack for a Trip Like a Pro

  • Angela Borden
Aug 27, 2015

Ever wonder how road warriors deal with packing?

I travel sporadically for fun but have many friends who travel on an almost weekly basis for work. It’s amazing how quickly they can throw together a suitcase and be ready to roll out the door. Here are some quick packing suggestions from some experienced travelers. Use these to help get a handle on the best way to pack, so you don’t end up wearing wrinkled clothes with shoes that don’t match!

  1. Create a checklist that you can reuse over and over.
  2. This is the best way to guarantee that you won’t forget anything. Start making the list well before your first trip, and every time you think of something to add, put it on the list. [Don't forget this, too.]

  3. Take time to learn about the weather at your destination.
  4. A little knowledge in this area is really helpful and worth the time spent investigating. Don’t waste space on a jacket if there’s going to be a heatwave at your destination while you’re there.

  5. Roll your clothes to pack them.
  6. I know this sounds weird, but travel gurus swear by it. Place tissue paper in between clothing and place the most wrinkle-proof pieces in the middle of the roll. You can fit more items into your suitcase using this method (or so they claim). I have to admit, I have not tried this yet.

    [Read more: 19 Packing Hacks from the Editors at Travel+Leisure]

  7. If you’re flying, take anything you absolutely must have in your carry-on bag!
  8. I don’t know what these items would be for you, but you do. One important item would be a change of clothes. If you’re traveling for fun, include casual clothes. If you’re giving a business presentation, make sure you have appropriate attire. Delayed or lost baggage is not all that uncommon - I just returned from a trip to Europe and met a woman there who was without her luggage for 5 days! I also had a friend many years ago who was traveling to give a speech in a remote area. Her phone didn’t work from her location, and she packed a hard copy of her speech in her checked baggage. Unfortunately, her checked bags didn’t make it there before she had to give her presentation.

  9. Phone apps.
  10. There are tons of cool ones that can help keep you organized and informed. TripIt is a great one. Forward your confirmation emails, and it creates a master itinerary for every part of your trip. There are plenty of others. Familiarize yourself with the options ahead of time and pick the ones that make the most sense to you.

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