Whether you’re jetting off for the 10th time this year, embarking on your yearly sojourn, or stay-cationing somewhere local—you’re going to need to pack a bag. Weekenders, carry-ons, or checked—the contents should reflect the trip’s destination and length. Packing can feel like a chore, but it doesn’t have to. A little prep goes a long way.
To get you started, we put together a few easy tips to help you navigate packing for your escape.
Day & Weekend Trips
A short trip away from home won’t require so much pre-planning on your part. Depending on the locale, a small duffle bag should cover all the essentials. Since you’re likely not venturing too far, it’s easy to grab anything you forgot along the way.
Pro tip: leave behind your laptop (and don’t even think about checking your work email) to completely unplug and unwind after a long work week. Trust us, you deserve it.
Packing for a business trip has its own set of needs. While you want to appear professional, you’ll also want to include comfortable pieces to go out and explore in the evening. This is a balancing act that will require a bit more preparation when putting together your travel checklist. A few basic pieces that nicely transition from work to play and day to night will serve you well. This will also help you avoid adding extra bulk to your luggage.
Pro tip: if some of your items get wrinkled in transit, run the shower on high heat and hang your clothes in the bathroom. Leave them hung up close to the shower for 15 minutes with the door closed. The steam will help relax those pesky wrinkles.
Packing For A Longer Stay
Longer stays offer more flexibility. Depending on how far away your destination is, the airline may allow a checked bag at no extra charge (and who doesn’t love saving money?). If you’re not a light traveler, packing cubes are a life-saver. Try rolling your clothes instead of folding and stacking them to save space.
When traveling abroad, be sure to check for any required documents you may need before booking (i.e. visa requirements, anything pertaining to health and wellness, etc.). When in doubt, the travel.state.gov website contains a wealth of information.
Pro tip: for international travel, check in advance the type of power plugs used in the country you’re headed to. We recommend bringing a universal power adapter to avoid a dead phone battery upon arrival.
We hope this brief guide makes packing for your next trip a breeze. Think of all the things you can do with the time you saved. Now you can focus on what’s important—enjoying your trip.