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Tips for Packing So You’re Ready To Go

Summer is in full swing and that means travel. Whether it’s for work or pleasure, you don’t have time to wait for your bags to come off the carousel. It is possible to pack everything you’ll need in a carry-on. Here are some tips.

Create a List
Make a master list of everything you may need for your trip, remembering that “less is more” and ounces add up. Take only what you’ll need — nothing more. Consider what you’ll be doing, where you’ll be and who you’ll be with.

To Roll or To Bag
Packing can be done in different ways. Rolling your clothes will take up much less space. Or hang complete outfits on wire hangers and cover them in dry cleaner plastic bags. Fold and lay the garments flat in the suitcase, alternating the direction that the hangers lay with each set.

Read the Labels
Consider the fabrics you’re packing. Typically, synthetics are less likely to wrinkle when packed and won’t need ironing when you arrive.

Coordinate Colors
Build your travel wardrobe around one versatile neutral (navy, grey, black or stone) and one other color from your palette. Mix and match everything else. To save space, opt for two pairs of shoes, both coordinating with your color scheme.

Prepare Your Accessories
Select lightweight, appropriate accessories for each outfit and put them in a Ziploc™ type bag or travel accessory bag.

Use Space Savers
Fill in the nooks and crannies of your suitcase with your socks, accessories and underwear. Use yourself to pack. Wear a jacket on the plane so it doesn’t take up critical space. Ladies, carry that additional small purse in your larger “carry all” purse or briefcase.

Do Your Laundry
Traveling light will usually mean recycling the outfits you’ve packed. Check out the hotel’s laundry services/facilities and use the clothesline in your room to dry delicate items.

You can use these tips to help you pack any size bag effectively. Oh, be sure to leave a little room for those extra books or trinkets from your conference or vacation!

Kelly Duggan is an Image Consultant specializing in executive and personal image development, etiquette & communication skills. She is a certified member of the Association of Image Consultants International. Contact Kelly at: www.kellyduggan.com.

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