The Ultimate How-To Guide For Smart Packing Smart For Your Next Trip
Everyone loves to travel, but if you’re like us, you don’t care much for the packing part. In fact, you probably avoid it till the night before, after you’ve had a few pints at the pub post-work (you’re not clocking in tomorrow…), when your decision making skills are less than dependable. You could just throw everything into your suitcase and worry about it once you land at your destination, but what are we good for if not to give you options?
Turns out, there are ways to pack properly at the last minute. Whether you’re grabbing a flight for business or leisure, we’ve got some tips for you on packing smart so you’ll spend less time worrying about whether you have everything you need and whether it will get there in one piece. Plus more time down at the pub the night before, of course. Before you even lug out that suitcase, it’s important to plan what exactly you’ll need for your trip. While the old fashioned way would include making up a list of things to take with you (do you even have pen and paper at home?), there’s now a way less painful way to prepare. An algorithms that tell you exactly what to do because, really, who needs to think for themselves any more?
Before you even lug out that suitcase, it’s important to plan what exactly you’ll need for your trip. While the old fashioned way would include making up a list of things to take with you (do you even have pen and paper at home?), there’s now a way less painful way to prepare. An algorithms that tell you exactly what to do because, really, who needs to think for themselves any more?
Check out PackPoint, an awesome app that tells you exactly what you need to pack for your trip. Simply enter your destination and how many days you’re travelling for, and PackPoint will automatically look at the weather and draw up a list of things for you to grab. You can even share your packing list with someone – just in case your mate has the same procrastination issues as you do.
4. WHAT TO PACK: CLOTHES
If you’re packing for a business trip, then here’s a list of things I would recommend. One pair of dress shoes in black or brown, and one pair of casual shoes (not sneakers) that you can wear during your flight. Two dress shirts and ties, two pairs of jeans, and a smart suit jacket or blazer. If you’re packing for leisure, add in more casual items, such as a few polo shirts or casual shirts that you can pair with denim or flat-front trousers. You don’t have to have a totally different look every day – just pack items that you can mix and match. That way, you’ll retain your dapper dressing style while saving space in your suitcase. Just remember: If you’re packing a suit jacket or blazer, there’s an ideal (and easy) way to do so – just check out our next video.
3. HOW TO PACK A SUIT JACKET
Packing a suit jacket or blazer doesn’t have to end in wrinkles galore. Ideally, you should wear your jacket to the airport and then carry it with you in a garment bag. If this isn’t an option, you can fold it neatly and pack it on top of your other items inside your suitcase. Just make sure you follow the video above to pack it properly and minimise ironing time.
2. WHAT TO PACK: GROOMING
You need to look your best when you travel, so packing the right grooming products is absolutely essential. Make sure that you have a good moisturiser for your face, as your skin can really dry out during a flight. There’s also no need to pack huge bulky bottles of shampoo or conditioner – most good brands come in travel-friendly sizes. Alternatively, ditch them completely and just use the products you get at your hotel. Speaking of travel-friendly, downsize your regular sized fragrances to a more portable version with a product like the Travalo Travel Spray. It’s compact, can hold up to 50 sprays of your favourite fragrance and can be carried anywhere. Also, remember to invest in a good toiletries bag to keep everything together – that way you won’t have products getting lost amongst your clothes. For your grooming needs, consider packing a travel-friendly electric shaver for the duration of your trip. The Braun Cruzer Face offers a variety of styles in one compact device, and it’s easy to stash away in your suitcase.
1. THE RIGHT SUIT CASE
Lastly, it helps to get a suitcase that will comfortably store what you need for your trip, especially if it’s for a short stay. Opt for cabin baggage such as the Salsa Cabin from RIMOWA, or the Salsa Deluxe 3-Suiter, also from RIMOWA, which features dedicated compartments to keep your clothes and shoes safe.
Now, here’s hoping that the next time you need to pack for a trip, you won’t be left in the lurch – or begging someone else to pack for you.