It’s about every business traveller’s dream to finally do away with checked baggage all together and master the art of the carry on bag. In order to save you copious amounts of time and effort packing and npacking, we’ve put together the perfect guide to mastering the art of packing.
WORK SMARTER, NOT HARDER
We all know how tedious it can be taking time out to write a packing list, so why not make the most of being in travel mode? Next time you’re sitting on a flight or between meetings, begin entering your list into a spreadsheet. Being in the travel head space, you’ll be able to remember things you would otherwise usually forget. What you pack will always vary from one trip to the next, but this list can act as a basis for every trip. Consider a tab system, where items are organised by category such as ‘carry on’ or ‘work related kit’, wardrobe, and toiletries. This will also double up as a checklist, so there is no chance of forgetting anything important.
PLAN YOUR PACK
Decide how many bags you want to pack in advance, and work from there. A winning combination would look something like a smart but functional laptop bag, a four wheel cabin bag, and a larger four wheel suitcase. It’s also wise to pack a spare change of clothes in your carry on bag, in the unlikely event that luggage is delayed or lost. If your sights are set on shopping, pack a soft weekender bag in your carry on to cater for any new additions.
MAKE A LIST
When it comes to packing it’s always helpful to make a separate list for your wardrobe based on appropriate wear for each day and event (This includes specific wear for flights, meetings, and casual days off). From here you can mix and match items of clothing between the activities and save yourself from over packing. Plus, the more efficient you are with mixing and matching your items, the more room you can save for shopping!
CONSIDER YOUR CLIMATE
The hardest thing about packing for cooler climates is resisting the urge to over pack with those ‘just in case’ extras. If heavy items are a necessity, consider packing the most appropriate luggage. A great tip for packing with large or heavy items is to place them at the bottom of your luggage close to the wheels; making it easier to roll through busy airport terminals, and easy to access items in your suitcase.
If you struggle to keep your suitcase organised when packing loosely, packing cubes and folders may be the perfect solution for you. Packing aids such as these act as dividers for different items in your suitcase such as dirty laundry, undergarments, t shirts, and pants. Dividers make the process of finding things a lot easier, and packing and unpacking a lot more pleasurable.
Here are some great packing dividers:
Gone are the days of uncomfortable business travel. With an increasing number of airlines now supplying pyjamas to passengers travelling business class, there is no excuse not to be comfortable, even when travelling for work. A useful tip is to slip into your PJ’s early into the flight, to avoid creasing your clothes. Aiport shops also sell neck pillows, which can come in handy when you find you’re stuck in that pesky middle seat and don’t want to be woken up by a stranger shaking you off their shoulder mid-flight. Choosing to travel comfortably can make all the difference when travelling on long haul flights; allowing you to be well rested and ready to tackle the busy schedule when you arrive at your destination.