You have a work assignment coming up in a new city. Great news! First things first, you need to pack. If you're like me, your excitement suddenly drops.
When attempting to pack everything I need for a multi-day work trip into my carry-on luggage, my anxiety kicks in as I know it will take strategic planning, a few hours, and inevitably I will leave something behind.
By following these helpful hacks, you will feel more prepared for your upcoming adventure and be able to cut your packing time in half. Or at least that is the goal, right?
1. Make a Packing List
If you prefer not to use an app to help you pack, then I always recommend getting a pen and paper and make a quick list of your trip essentials.
By keeping ONE consistent list, your anxiety will drop knowing you don't need to reinvent one every time. And then there is always the benefit of knowing that nothing mission critical is left behind.
PackPoint App - For those of you who are more tech-savvy, this app is a game changer. It helps ensure I don't leave anything behind and provides a pre-designed list of what I need to pack based on the length of travel, weather, and destination. Plus, it's free!
2. Keep a Toiletry Bag Packed
Rather than packing and unpacking a toiletry bag for every trip, invest in a second toiletry bag that you can keep in your carry on. This will make your back-to-back trips less of a hassle and ensure you're not missing any toiletry essentials.
3. Freshen Up Your Clothes
When traveling, the hotels might not always have a iron for your wrinkly clothes or maybe you just don't have time. Wrinkle spray is your best friend on the days you want to get rid of those pesky wrinkles without spending 20 minutes ironing.
4. Bring Some Dry Shampoo
A travel size bottle of dry shampoo will be your best friend keeping your hair looking polished in-between washes. Just a few sprays or sprinkles of this product will keep you looking fresh. Plus, it will give you more volume!
5. Roll Your Clothing
One of the best tips for saving space with your carry-on is rolling your clothes. This method of packing your clothes will ensure that you have extra room for other essentials.
How does it save room in your luggage? It compresses the clothes while making it easier to stack and pack your items in a small compact section. If you stick to this method, you will save up to ten percent (10%) of space in your bag compared to the traditional folding method.
Ten percent is an extra pair of shoes, right? I'll take it.
6. Pack in Layers
When it comes to packing for a short trip, your wardrobe should be comprised of layers. If you pack in layers, you will be able to more easily adjust to the weather.
I hope these tips help you pack efficiently and allow your next business trips to be stress free. Make traveling even better with these tips on how to eat healthier while traveling.
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