2.) Learn How to Pack Your Clothes Correctly
We all know the drill: you wake up in the morning to get ready for a business meeting, and the last thing you want to deal with is wrinkly or damaged clothes.
The solution? Learn to fold and roll your clothes properly. It will prevent creases and save you time ironing and steaming.
Wonder how you can fit all your belongings in a carry-on or small checked bag? Here are a few packing hacks for business travelers to turn your clothes them into compact pieces and save yourself some much-needed space.
Roll Your Shirts, Pants, and Skirts
Some items can be rolled to save space and prevent wrinkles:
- Shirts: Lay your shirt on a flat surface with the front facing you. Fold both sides inwards by grabbing the tip of the sleeve and the end of the shirt and bringing them toward the center of your shirt. Your shirt has now the shape of a square. Finally, roll your shirt from the bottom all the way up to the top.
- Pants. Lay your ironed pants on a flat surface, and make sure there are no creases. Bring one leg over the other to fold them in half. Start rolling them from the top, at waist level, all while flattening the fabric as you go down.
- Skirts. Lay your ironed skirt on a flat surface. Slightly bring the two sides of your skirts towards the center until you have a square or rectangle. Start rolling from the top while flattening the fabric as you go down.
Fold Your Suit
You can fold suits in two ways:
- The easy way: Go to your dry cleaner and ask for a dry cleaning bag. Put your blazer in one of them. Fold it in half, and lay it flat inside your suitcase. Ta-da!
- The compact folding technique: Grab your suit jacket and turn the left shoulder inside out. You have now a pocket forming by the left shoulder. Take the right shoulder and put it inside the left pocket. The collar should be neatly folded together too. Finally, fold your jacket in half.
Pack Your Heaviest Items at the Bottom
If you are choosing a carry-on or a checked bag (although we always advise business travelers to choose the former), make sure the heaviest items are at the bottom of your bag.
This will keep it balanced and help you move it around more easily.