If you travel often for business or pleasure, you know there’s an art to packing for a trip. This article offers our top five tips to make packing as efficient, and stress-free as possible. 

Shirts
The first of our packing tips involves your shirts. Although most of our customers typically pick up their shirts on hangers, choosing to have them prepared folded can save you time — and space in your suitcase! When we present a folded shirt to you, you can be assured that it won’t wrinkle — even if it moves around a bit in your luggage. 

Suits

Need to bring a suit on your trip? Instead of carrying that obtrusive garment bag, why not leave space for it at the top of your luggage? Simply pack your suit in your garment bag as always, then lay it face down. Next, turn it into a tri-fold garment bag by first folding the empty part of the bag up towards the middle. Next, fold the bag in half so the front of your suit jacket is on top, and place the garment bag at the TOP of your luggage. This will keep your suit contained, and neat — without having to carry it around! 

Toiletries

Have you ever opened up your toiletries bag to find that something’s leaked all over the place? A nifty trick to avoid a mess is to pack toiletries in zip lock bags, which will contain a leak and help you avoid a mess altogether. Be sure to empty air out of each zip lock, as best as possible, before sealing. Packing toiletries separately, in hard-case luggage, is also a good way to make sure you don’t wind up with shaving cream all over your clothes. 

Kids

Packing for a trip with children means thinking ahead on how to keep them occupied and fed. Bringing a carry-on bag that contains fun games, electronic devices, as well as a book or two, can go a long way in making the trip more fun for everyone. Of course, the flight is also a good opportunity to have a nice conversation with your kids. What are they excited to do when you land? Who are they most excited to see? 

With snacks, remember that parent’s need to eat, too! So bring some family favorites along for everybody — including the adults. 

Leave Room for Souvenirs …

… or bring an extra backpack along for souvenirs you pick up on your trip. Again, this may seem like obvious advice, but in the heat of packing for a trip, planning for the trip back home may not be top of mind.

We hope these packing tips help. Enjoy your trip!