Packing for a vacation is really challenging as you don’t want to lug too much from place to place just because you can’t edit down your wardrobe, but you also don’t want to be the traveler who packs so light that you forgot something important. Before navigating through a busy airport soon, keep on reading for the packing trips from the pros so you’ll pack strategically.
- Pack light for a long trip by sticking to transitional clothes.
According to Ivanka Trump, the executive vice president of The Trump Organization, she sticks to clothes that are transitional to pack light for a long trip. “It’s easy to save space by choosing a top that goes great with jeans but can also be dressed up with the right shoes and accessories for an evening out, instead of packing two separate outfits,” she said. Also, she takes a pashmina scarf no matter where she’s going as it can dress up even the most casual attire and offers some warmth on a colder evening and on planes. For her packing strategies, she packs for each day. “That way I can take a more mindful approach to organizing my bag and crossing off things I don’t need. Another great trick I’ve picked up is to pack things I’ll need early on in my trip last, for easy access,” she added.
- Don’t pack the clothes that you don’t need as you can buy them at your destination that doubles as a great souvenir.
According to Marcus Samuelsson, the chef and owner of Red Rooster Harlem in New York, he wears his heaviest pair of shoes on the plane. “For someone who has a lot of shoes, I actually don’t pack that many when I travel. Though he used to pack outfits for single occasions, he doesn’t pack them anymore. “If I don’t have what I need, I just pick up a cool shirt from the city I’m visiting. Plus, it makes a great souvenir,” he said.
- Opt for wrinkle-resistant clothes.
According to Melanie Nayer, Forbes travel Guide correspondent based in Boston, she resorts to wrinkle resistant clothes. “I learned this trick from a flight attendant friend, and it’s made all the difference. Bulkier items should be folded flat at the bottom of your luggage, then roll everything else. I also pack based on items of clothing. So, for example, all my tank tops are together, my pants are together so I know where everything is in my luggage if I’m not in a hotel long enough to unpack,” she said.
- Start by laying out all of the clothes you think you’ll need, then put about half of that back in your closet.
According to Amanda Arnold, start by laying out all of the clothes, shoes and jackets that you think you’ll need. “Then put about half of that back in your closet. Most people pack too much,” she concluded. By taking these strategies from the pros, you’ll be able to pack efficiently and enjoy your trip even more.