Pack it Right and Light

When packing, never, never, never, stuff your bag!!  Your clothes will surely get wrinkled.  You can carry along wrinkle release spray or if you have clothing that are mostly natural fibers such as wool or cotton consider hanging them and let them steam while you’re taking a shower.  Most hotels will have an iron already in the room or one available through room service; however, if you are not one of those people that will consider steaming or ironing your clothes when they are a bit wrinkled get the spray.  It doesn’t matter that you just flew 20 hours to get to your destination your clothing needs to look clean and pressed.

  • When packing, place the things that you will wear the least at the bottom of the suitcase. 
  • When packing, button your shirts, blouses, cardigans and jackets and fold them at the seams if possible. For example, when packing jackets in a 20” Pullman, button the jacket, fold the arm sleeves in and then fold the jacket about half and place in the case width wise.  With knits such as cotton Ts, socks, and pajamas, rolls these and put them where there are gaps to keep your clothes from shifting.
  • When packing toiletries and medication, consider travel sizes that can be purchased at your local grocery or pharmacy.  Repackage and eliminate the extra packaging; however, make sure that you label everything.  Have a shave kit or toiletry bag packed at all times so you just need to put it in your bag when you have to go.
  • For most jewelry put what you need in single zip lock bag.  For finer jewelry get a soft travel case that rolls up.  For accessories such as belts, socks, scarves, or hosiery consider putting those in a zip lock or in a compartment in your bag so everything is together.
  • For pajamas and robes, you know what works for you; however, invest in a travel robe if you’re inclined to wear one.  You won’t have room for your favorite terry cloth.

About vseitz

Marketing Professor at California State University, San Bernardino and author of "I Don't Wear A Suit."

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