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Travelling Light – The Art of Packing By Beth Shaw

Thursday, November 7, 2013

I travel constantly, often times hitting multiple cities back to back.  Packing is something I can just about do in my sleep. I’ve whittled it down to the basics and still am mastering the art form. Typically what I do is pack and then repack, taking out what I don’t really think I’ll need.  I never check a bag and have even gone to Australia and Japan for a week without checking a bag. I don’t like to be separated from my luggage and I don’t like to waste time waiting for it. I like to get in and get out of the airport.
Here are some packing tips to make a  busy holiday season a little easier, and to help keep airport stress at bay!
1.     Choose a monochromatic wardrobe. 

Since I go to the East Coast a lot my go to color is black. I may add in a second color like white for these trips. For trips to a warmer destination I go with white and tan with brown accents.  If I am going to Hawaii I may throw in some brighter colors, too. 
2.     Go light on the shoes.  

One pair of workout shoes that can be used for running and the gym. Low profile on the heel or “ barefoot" type will save space.  A pair of dress shoes or light pair of ballet flats can work with almost any outfit. If its winter I wear boots on the plane. If it’s during the warmer months I may throw in a pair of sandals or flip-flops.

3. Less & More

Pack more lingerie than you think you’ll need and less dressy clothing than you think you’ll need. Especially on vacation. Chances are you will be hanging out at your hotel more than you think you will. The exception is if you have back-to-back formal events.

3.     Carry a light-hanging bag.

For suits and dresses and nice shirts a hanging bag is a must-have. A black one will drape over your carry on roller and almost be invisible so you can get all your items on via carry on.

4.     Pack a lot of scarves.

Light and bright silks and satins for warm weather months, cashmere and wool for the fall and winter. They dress up every outfit and take up minimal room, allowing clothing to be worn in multiple ways.

5.     Pack cottons and natural fabrics when possible

Things that don’t wrinkle are ideal. Dressy linens and silks can be hung in your hanging bag.

6.     Your second bag should be a big soft zippered tote.

You can throw your shoes in here and make up, toiletrees and items you may need on the plane. You can also throw a magazine and a small purse in here.

7.     Your Roller bag needs to be the right one. 

I like the soft case Tumi bag in black that has two deep outside pockets – perfect for my lap top – easy access.

8.     Get TSA Precehck, Nexus and Global Entry.

 Prechecking will save you time and aggravation. You can literally breeze in and out of the airport

As long as you have the basics you are set; workout gear, a few nice outfits and some casual attire. Don’t forget your vitamins!


Happy Traveling!

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