Pack Your Bags With Tips From a True Road Warrior

by Kari Gillenwater – Owner, Gillenwater Consulting Group

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January 14, 2019 .2 min read

Let’s face it, we all have baggage – and if you travel frequently, it can really begin to weigh you down, literally! I’m dashing between airports, hotels, and Ubers over 40 weeks a year, sometimes weeks at a time to different events and climates.

Feeling good in what you wear plays a big part in feeling confident and ready to take on the world. If you forget a pivotal piece – like that perfect-fitting skirt to your favorite suit that makes you feel like a “She"EO – it can really throw you off your game.

Here are My Top 5 Road Warrior Packing Tips:

1 – Start Packing Before the Night Before

Five Helpful Packing Tips From A True Road Warrior

Don’t wait until the night before to pack. Juggling family, work and life often leaves us with less time than expected. When packing is left for last minute, things are forgotten or we pack too much and end up with way too many clothes and nothing to wear. Using a checklist is also a lifesaver.

2 – Use a Clothes Rack to Pack

Five Helpful Packing Tips From A True Road Warrior

Pull the pieces you think will work for the trip and hang them on the rack in order of each day and what you might wear. You can visually see what can mix and match, and you don’t end up with a clothes tornado. (BONUS: these racks collapse and fit under the bed).

3 – Roll Clothes Rather than Folding Them

Five Helpful Packing Tips From A True Road Warrior

They wrinkle less, you can fit more in your suitcase and visually see all you have much better. For more delicate items, put them in dry cleaning bags or use gift wrapping tissue between layers.

4 – Buy a Travel-Size Steamer

Hotel irons are unpredictable and if they are old or rusty they can ruin your clothes. (Not Cool!) Steaming is so much easier and better for your clothes, and everything looks showroom ready – even when you are on the road. (In a pinch, if the hotel has a dress shop, they have a steamer. Bring your outfit down and ask to have it steamed).

5 – Invest in an Under-the-Seat Travel Bag

Five Helpful Packing Tips From A True Road Warrior

I’m always searching for the perfect travel bag. My current fav is from COSTCO, so they don’t have to be expensive! It becomes your survival bag if your luggage takes a detour. My musts are: toiletries, make-up, nicer jewelry and tech gear (chargers, cords and power packs), an extra wrap to use as a blanket to prevent frostbite on a cold plane, a $20 bill for emergencies, power bars, an empty water bottle (Starbucks serves free filtered water), headphones to avoid loud guy behind you, a good book, an extra pair of undies, Neutrogena makeup wipes and Advil.

Two parting Road Warrior secrets – sit near airport lounges to use their free wifi, and always have a business card handy, you never know… your next great connection might be on your next flight.

Happy travels and be amazing!