Throwing together a to-go bag hours before takeoff might seem tempting, but having a strategy is key for the ultimate travel-ready suitcase. Follow these pro tips to arrive on-time, organized and refreshed.
Save time digging through suitcases by using clear packing cubes to transform luggage into an organized and easy-to-access traveling closet, recommended Lisa Parigi, model, inveterate world traveler and girlfriend to music icon Lionel Richie. Being able to see through each cube allows for quick accessibility. Parigi suggested labeling one for clothes, shoes, accessories and beauty products. To save space try rolling rather than folding items like knit tops, denim, workout attire and pajamas.
Don’t let one piece of clothing perform only a single duty; opt for a versatile wardrobe that can be dressed up or down depending on the itinerary. “Try to pack based on the weather at your destination as well as the activities and events you will be attending so no item goes wasted,” Parigi said. “Your go-to little black dress is a must have for nights out and [it can be] layered with sweaters for a more casual look. When packing, my staples are always black and nude pumps, black denim pants, a T-shirt, blazer, leather jacket and lots of accessories to dress up basic outfits.”
An artfully packed bag stores all necessities–even the ones required before landing. Traveling can be physically taxing, especially when it comes to skincare. Indulge in a little in-flight beauty regimen to relax and refresh. “Use makeup wipes to take off your makeup and find a great hydrating cream to nourish your skin. When I land, I love to spray another hydrating mist on my face for that fresh, dewy look to rejuvenate before my trip,” Parigi said.
Invest in necessities
A jet-setting lifestyle requires certain basics. Christine Sarkis, senior editor at SmarterTravel, recommended travel-sized versions of everything. “Not only will this shave some weight off your bag, but if you’ve got travel-specific versions of toiletries, you can leave them packed in your toiletries bag and not have to repack for every trip.” She also suggested finding lighter alternatives to heavy must-haves. “There are lightweight versions of nearly every bulky winter gear, including boots.”