Traveling can be full of hassles and stresses. But if you pack cleverly, equipped with the right gear, you can ease through the airport and arrive in style. Here are some time-tested tips for a less tense trip.
Things that should never go in checked luggage: Valuables, irreplace-able vintage pieces, chargers and cords or the suit you need when you get off the plane—whether that's a business suit or a bathing suit.
Stick to one color story for a trip and be amazed at how easy it is to mix and match multiple pieces. If you're not a master folder, embrace the roll. Roll jeans and your cotton button-down shirts. Stuff rolled socks and ties into shoes and use rolled undershirts and boxers to fill in all the little empty spaces in your suitcase. Finish by packing your folded jacket or suit on top. Keep shoes, laundry and swimsuits away from your clothes with Flight 001's "Go Clean" bags. Heavyweight and washable, the nylon zip packs conceal odors and contain messes.
Breeze Through Security
Before you get into line, stash your phone, keys, watch and belt in a plastic bag in your carry-on. After showing your ID, place it back in your wallet and put it in the bag as well. Then place your bag on the belt first, followed by your shoes, toiletries and computer. Your bag will come out first—making it easier to refill on the other side.
To make packing less of a headache, we suggest keeping a grooming kit ready-stocked with travel-sized products. Order up your favorites from 3floz.com or use some spill-proof silicone containers, like the ones included in this TSA-approved reusable quart-sized bag.
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Whether traveling for business or pleasure, you're likely packing a computer, a phone and maybe even a camera and a tablet. Not to mention all the cables and chargers that come with them. This handy organizer's rubberized woven straps keep cords and gadgets in place, accessible and untangled.