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3. Photograph & Tag
On both carry-on and checked bags, photograph your luggage, pack a business card or ID tag inside and include an external bag tag. When five identical bags slide down the luggage chute, identify yours with a distinguishing ribbon, sticker or luggage tag.
Invest in wrinkle-free, lightweight clothing with a similar color palette for layering, easy mixing and matching. Place an extra dryer or scented sheet inside your bag to reduce unpleasant odors. Pack sturdy, collapsible travel bags for purchases. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mark yourself as a robbery target. Expensive jewelry, family heirlooms and watches stay home.
5. Roll, Roll, Roll
Rolling your clothes saves space while preventing creases and wrinkles. After rolling, use aircompression plastic bags to vacuum extra air. Efficiently packing the heaviest items (jeans, jackets) at the suitcase bottom. Wrap belts around the edges of the suitcase to cradle clothing. Fill the suitcase with lightest clothing at the top (rolling the entire time).
If you have a shoe fetish, it may be hard to limit yourself to three pairs of travel shoes: casual pair, tennis shoes, and evening/professional shoes. Many experts advise wearing your heaviest pair on the day of travel to keep suitcase weight low. Shoes go in shoe bags foot-to-toe, before heavy items, at the very bottom. If packing shoe soles facing the bag sides, slide shoes into shower caps or clear plastic bags first. Place socks and small articles into your deodorized shoes to save space.
Purchase travel sized toiletries under 3.0 ounces, or use destination amenities. Double-bag all necessary toiletries (liquids, gels) to prevent stains. Place this bag at the very top of your carry-on for quick retrieval at security.
Organize all gadgets, chargers, and cables in a tech organizer for easy retrieval at security if questions arise.
Sharon Schweitzer, J.D. is a cross-cultural consultant, an international protocol expert and the founder of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide. Sharon lives in Austin with her husband John, and their golden retriever, Charm.
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