Prevue’s editors and meeting planner readers share their best packing tips for the rest of you traveling “road warriors.”
Packing cubes and organizers go a long way to keep you sane while you travel, not to mention help fit more in your carry-on. Some travelers transition the cubes to the drawers in their hotel room, saving space and re-packing time.
When you have to look fabulous, but don’t have the space in your rollaboard, wardrobe services like Rent the Runway will ship outfits right to your hotel.
Sign up for monthly travel samples; various makeup and skincare companies offer them. That way you won’t have to forgo your go-to’s or buy upon arrival.
… and if you can’t do that, use a small zip-close bag. Just squirt your hair conditioner, gel, lotion, etc. in their own bags and label with a marker. Put all the bags in a larger zip bag for extra protection.
Invest in foldable clothing instead of something that wrinkles immediately, like linen. Some road warriors crumple a shirt or dress while in the clothing store to make sure it will withstand folding and scrunching.
Take no more than two pairs of shoes, max. Actually, you’re taking one pair, because you’re wearing one for travel while the other pair goes in your carry-on. Coordinate your foldable clothing accordingly.
If you’re having trouble fitting everything, rolling your clothes will help create space in your suitcase as well as make packing shoes and other items easier.
Frequent travelers often keep a “go bag” of favorites ready to avoid packing, and trying to remember what to bring each time. Keep a packing list on your phone to stay on top of inventory.
Don’t forget your medicine, especially if you’re traveling internationally. Have your doctor prescribe an antibiotic you can bring, and of course, bring over-the-counter necessities like cold medicine.
If you’re checking bags, make sure to have a fresh change of clothing and toiletries in your carry-on, in case your luggage gets lost.
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