How to Pack Light
First, make a packing list. Why? This will do away with panic on last-minute packing. It can also be a guide when repacking after your trip. In the unfortunate event that your luggage gets lost, you can also use this list for claims or additional identity papers.
When making a list, check on the events you are going to and make a list of clothes for each event. Choose items that compliment one another as much as possible. This allows you to use a single item for multiple outfits. Although I am not a fan of black clothing, darker colors such as black, navy blue, and gray are very versatile.
After doing your packing list, lay out the things you intend to bring and check them again against your list. Separate those you intend to bring and make sure they are clean and ready to go.
To help pack lighter, consider using an all-purpose lotion, rather than using a different lotion for hands, face and body. If you typically use an electric razor or toothbrush at home, pack their smaller non-electric counterparts instead.
To further save space, buy the small travel-sized versions of toothpaste, shaving cream, shampoo, and body wash. Or, if you want to use the same toiletries from home while traveling, you can buy small travel bottles to fill up instead of bringing a large shampoo bottle.
Leave behind all the jewelry you wouldn’t want to lose, including the flashy pieces that attract thieves. Don’t forget to bring a small first aid kit with aspirins and other emergency supplies.
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Label every thing with your name and phone number. Do not use your address on any of your luggage. In the event your address is required, use your business address. Remove old claims tickets to avoid any confusion.
Before folding your clothes, button all buttons and zip all zippers. T-shirts, jeans, skirts and sports coats can all be rolled up and carefully placed inside. Make sure to pack everything tightly as possible. The insides of shoes are perfect for underwear and socks.
I have found that using packing cubes makes it substantially easier to both pack, and then unpack. By grouping all your socks or underwear, or jeans in a single cube, it allows you to quickly find what you need without unfolding other clothes unnecessarily (read packing cubes review).
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If traveling for business or pleasure, it is important to take note of digital accessories that help make your journey painless as possible. Below are examples of gadgets you need to bring when traveling either by plane, train, or automobile.