If you’re going away for the weekend, here’s what to pack:
* Men: Something to sleep in (if desired), two changes of underwear, two pairs of socks, a pair of jeans, a T-shirt or casual shirt, a sport/dress shirt, a sweater, dress slacks (if needed), a tie (if needed), a sports jacket, a pair of shoes, and toiletries/grooming aids.
* Women: something to sleep in (if desired), two changes of underwear, two pairs of socks, jeans, a t-shirt or casual shirt, a dressy shirt or blouse, dress slacks or skirt (if needed), dressy shoes or pumps, panty hose, jewelry (if desired), silk scarf (if desired), and toiletries/grooming aids.
We’ve got everything ready to pack; now how do we pack it so that it stays fresh, clean, and is as wrinkle-free as possible? First, pack heavier things such as jeans, sweaters, sweatshirts, and jackets neatly folded in the bottom of the suitcase. Then pack shirts, dress, dress slacks/pants, and skirts on top. More easily wrinkled items should be placed at the bottom of the pile with less wrinkle-prone stuff toward the top. With shirts, fold the sleeves in toward the torso and fold the bottom half up to create a nice rectangle. Stack shirts neatly and snugly on top of one another in nice bundles. Lay dresses over the open suitcase, so that the ends hang over the sides, and gently fold them into the suitcase. Pants and skirts should be folded in half lengthwise and then folded in half to reduce the amount of wrinkling.
To pack accessories, roll ties and belts and place in pockets to avoid shifting, Acid-free tissue is great for wrapping around ties to prevent soiling or damage. Pack underwear in mesh laundry bags or side pockets to save space. When unpacking shoes, put them in plastic or cloth shoe bags. (Some shoes come with them; if not, purchase them at organizational or house ware stores). Place them along the perimeter of your suitcase to take up as little space as possible, individually bagged and places heel to toes. Also, use your socks to stuff your shoes. This will save room in your suitcase and help your shoes retain their shape while traveling. Fine lingerie, silk scarves, and panty hose should be placed in lingerie bags to prevent snagging and bunching. Toiletries should be securely capped and wrapped in individual plastic bags that can be sealed to prevent leakage and then placed in a separate toiletries bag. Nobody wants to arrive at their destination only to discover that their bottle of shampoo has opened and drowned their favorite clothes in a pool of sticky green liquid! Essential toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, makeup, and medication) should be packed into your carry-on in case your suitcase is lost or stolen. Also, never pack jewelry, cash, identification, passports, keys, travel documents, credit cards, or anything else valuable in your suitcase. Always pack these items in your carry-on for safekeeping. The most wonderful vacation will turn into a trip from hell if you lose those items. Don’t let this happen to you. Pack smart and travel safe!