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Buz
Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 8:06:03 PM

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Most of what I suggest will be more geared toward the guys, but ladies please post any ideas or suggestions also. You may have some great tips to share with the other women or the guys too.

I do travel for my job sometimes and always try to pack as light as possible. I have to wear a suit & tie. The first time I tried to pack a suit, it came out wrinkled. I have discovered that there are several videos and websites instructing the proper way to fold a suit to place in your suitcase. If done properly it will not come out wrinkled. There are several videos on Youtube that help with this. Also, Esquire Magazine has featured illustrated instructions in past issues. You can also use the same sources for the proper folding of your dress shirts. Ties and socks are easy.

I only carry 2 bags when I travel by plane. One suitcase (not large) and one carry on bag (big enough to also hold my laptop.) I usually check with the hotel to find out if they have an iron and ironing board in the room and offer dry cleaning. You never know when you will need those. If they don't have an iron in the room, I usually will pack a small travel iron. It is very important to look impeccable when trying to impress a client. You are trying to earn their money.

I also carry a small men's manicure set and one of those battery powered ear & nose trimmers. If you don't trust the toothpaste, shampoo & mouthwash they provide at the hotel, you can buy those little travel size bottles & tubes at most grocery stores, pharmacies, or Target.

When I travel to Europe I always take a plug-in conversion kit for my electric razor.

A while back I made up a checklist of things to pack, because these out-of-town trips often come up very suddenly and you don't have much time to get ready or plan. I also had someone more experienced than me, suggest that when taking any large or bulky presentation material, to Fed Ex them to your hotel destination rather than take a chance with baggage handlers at the airport.

So what are some things you do or any advice any of you have?

SereneProdigy
Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 9:16:19 PM

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Nice post!

My work doesn't force me to travel at all, but this is interesting even when visiting family or for vacation trips. I like to look good at all time, even when I visit my sister's farm and will likely only meet her and her horses, goats, dogs, cats, chickens and bunnies (she's an animal freak).

Me personally, I make sure to perform my weekly grooming routine right before I leave : shave torso/back, trim beard, remove hairs from nose/ears, etc. Then I don't have to worry about those and also don't need to carry the extra tools required for such tasks.

Clothes wise, I generally bring an extra 1-2 piece(s) of each garment, depending on what baggage I'm allowed to carry ; you never know when an accident can happen.

And of course I always bring all the things I need for my morning routine : cleanser, razors, deodorant, cologne, hair product, etc. I also use the small bottles/containers you mention if I have an important restriction on the baggage I can carry.

Looking good, good looking mate. Thanks again for your advices. thumbup
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Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 9:49:34 PM

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Good advice from Buz. I travel a lot...a few things I do;
keep a toiletries bag packed at all times and have a complete outfit; suit, shirt, tie straight from the dry cleaners ready to go at all times. Pack the bare minimum!
Do some internet searching so you know the lay of the land of where you are going...where to buy a shirt, drug store, bars, restaurants etc
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Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 10:06:57 PM

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Business or pleasure, it never changes for me ... similarly, length of stay/journey is irrelevant. Every time, I vow that THIS time will be different .. I will travel light ... and every time, as perennial as the leaves on the trees (think I have that right .. not sure !!, I pack for England. Suits for business, in darkish colours mainly, white shirts/blouses .. if weather permits and it's warm, I will buy some light coloured stuff when I get there, to save packing it. Shoes for this, shoes for that .... shoes for tennis, in case I fancy a game (seldom happens when I'm away, but I obstinately live in hope) ... shoes for walking .. shoes in case I get lots of beach walks .. posh shoes in case I meet a hunk who invites me to dinner (ehhhh ... does happen, but not as often as I fantasise it would haha).

I've run out of ways to explain the kitchen sink in my suitcase to airport staff ... so that stays at home now lol ...
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Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2013 7:14:43 AM

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Buz,

My personal experience traveling for work, and the whole folding the suit is never easy and always creates issues.
I would look into something like this, a folding garment bag.

http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/victorinox-mobilizer-nxt-50-tri-fold-garment-bag?ID=489874&CategoryID=25692#fn=sp%3D1%26spc%3D38%26ruleId%3D65%26slotId%3D6

I have one like this, and i love it. I can take 2 suits and not have to worry about them getting creased or ruined.
I still have room for smaller and other items in the bag as well, and what i can not fit, i throw in my messenger bag.

Hope this helps
Buz
Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2013 5:10:15 PM

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mhunter0069 wrote:
Buz,

My personal experience traveling for work, and the whole folding the suit is never easy and always creates issues.
I would look into something like this, a folding garment bag.

http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/victorinox-mobilizer-nxt-50-tri-fold-garment-bag?ID=489874&CategoryID=25692#fn=sp%3D1%26spc%3D38%26ruleId%3D65%26slotId%3D6

I have one like this, and i love it. I can take 2 suits and not have to worry about them getting creased or ruined.
I still have room for smaller and other items in the bag as well, and what i can not fit, i throw in my messenger bag.

Hope this helps


Great tip! I plan on ordering that garment bag. Thanks.

Dudealicious
Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2013 5:24:07 PM

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Those tri-fold garment bags are good for making sure that you won't have to iron (steam) everything when you arrive at your destination. If bought in the right size, you can also carry those little guys on the plane with you.

A suggestion is to make sure you fold your suit jackets in the dry cleaning bags to prevent wrinkles. In order to make sure that they are "tip top", I make sure to take them out of my suitcase as soon as I arrive at my hotel. Another trick is to also run a very hot shower and get a good steam bath going. Hang your suit on the back of the door or on a hook and close the door for 3-5 min to further reduce any imperfections.

One tip that I would have is to try to carry-on your luggage as much as you can. This helps not only to get off as fast as you can when you land. But in-case of a code red (thunderstorm in the area) you don't have to wait for the all-clear to be given for the grounds crew to come out and off-load your bags (which could be hours later, depending on the storm). The biggest thing for me, and why I always carry-on is to be able to switch flights easily. Depending on my day I could be at the airport a few hours earlier than my original flight. With a carry-on, you can walk up to the gate of an earlier flight and 9 times out of ten get on and home much earlier!

As for business materials (presentations etc) I usually ship them a few days ahead of time and make sure to follow-up with the hotel to make sure they have arrived. Generally speaking I get the name of the banquet / event manager at the hotel and ship it to their attention. Make sure I set the alert with FedEx or UPS to notify me of when it was delivered and who signed for it.

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mrlobo505
Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2013 7:47:03 PM

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Personally, I think that making sure all your electronics are dual voltage compatible is a big one. Because not all countries run on 110V, for example Germany, Italy, Korea, and Japan all run on 240V power grids. If you electronics are dual voltage, you will still need the plug adapter but you will not need the current transformer. I learned this lesson in Germany with a Gen I XBOX, ended up being a $200.00 education. Happy travels.
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Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013 2:40:02 PM

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I like reading the tips in this thread.

I don't have any major ones to add because I am a terrible packer. I always overpack. Well, except for this one time I packed while drunk and decided that I could put 4 days worth of things into a carry-on on a trip to South Beach. This was probably slightly influenced by the fact that I'd just gotten this glossy turquoise hard-top carry-on and I kind of wanted to use it. Embarassed

Anyway - it was ok - I managed to have the necessities with me, but I did end up buying a few tanks and a dress while I was there, so technically I was cheating on the whole 'packing light' thing. Everything did fit in my original case for the return-flight though. :)

My one tip for girls would be to carry one of those XL handbags on the flight that can almost double as a smaller version of a carry-on and then stuff a smaller clutch (or two) into it for regular/evening use once you're there. And - especially if you're going somewhere warm - always carry bare necessities of what you plan to use the day you're there in your carry-on or purse incase your luggage is delayed (ie. bikini, flip flops, mini-sunscreen etc). Also instead of taking perfume with you, use the roll-on perfume oils. They're under the liquid-allotment for carry-ons and just generally a space-saver rather than packing actual glass bottles.


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Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013 2:52:10 PM

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i put stuff in until i run out of room, usually going from most important to least important. :)

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Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013 6:28:15 PM

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Great tips, I travel frequently in the spring and summer months. Over time, I've learned how to pack light. Ladies, always always carry a large carry on that can hold your purse and several other things. Grab a small travel kit with your toiletries in the TSA or other agency approved sizes. And leave the perfume at home and opt for a body spray of your favorite fragrance and pour it into an approved bottle. I once forgot to remove my perfume from my purse and it was confiscated.




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Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2013 10:07:37 AM

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Oh my, I always over pack, so I have no real advice. This is a very useful thread. Thanks for the ideas! :)
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Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013 10:30:15 PM

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when I go to mexico for the winter,,just the clothes I,m wearing..buy what you need when you get there
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Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013 5:05:14 AM

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I hate to pack...but I find myself doing it too often. Sigh, I guess we choose our lives. Think hard about you really need. Always with your carry on have a some necessary items that if you lost your bag, you could use in an emergency or need in an emergency. I lost my bag going to London once and I had my carry on and THANK GOD! I got my bags back but there were things missing. It is a pain to try to buy toiletries in a foreign country. So my advice, a carry on with the things you can not live without.
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