Bon Voyage

This is for you, dear traveler.  Who has breakfast in one city and dinner in another, who goes to multiple countries in a week, who has mastered the security check.  …Packing!  Hopefully, you’ve done it so much you have it all figured out already (or some amazing woman is doing the inevitable chore for you).

Packing is one of those things that we all wish could just be done (maybe by some travel fairy, or something), and by the time we check into our hotel room, all would be there nicely unpacked.  And of course, the same scenario coming back home, too!  Well, dreams, dreams…  In the meantime, and while some superior power takes care of your luggage, here are some tips we thought might come in handy the next time you get to go miles high.

  • You must own a Fantastic luggage set, period!  Fantastic equals sturdy, high quality and stylish.
  • Dress comfortably, but dress up.  One of the beauties of custom clothing is being able to specify higher thread counts on fabric.  These are a long flight’s best friends.
  • Always dress for first class even if, unfortunately, you have a coach ticket.  Ragged clothes won’t get you an upgrade, ever.
  • Pack garments that can be worn more than one time.  Did someone say “navy blazer”?
  • Tissue paper, tissue paper…  It allows clothes to slide, not rub, to prevent deep creasing.  A cleaners or garbage bag works, too!
  • Your toiletry bag and other bulky stuff should be placed in the bottom of your suitcase where it is most stable.  Remember to put liquids in plastic bags (we love Ziplock).
  • For your toiletry bag, nowadays, you are able to get pretty much everything in a travel size or buy a travel size container pack.  This is the major reason for slow downs in airport security, so be prepared!
  • When traveling with more than one suitcase, make sure your toiletry bag is in your carry-on, along with one outfit.  The worst thing is having nothing to pick up at the baggage carousel.
  • The bag that came in the shoe box is exactly for when you travel.  You don’t want your shoe polish to rub off on your clothes.  A good tip is also to stuff your socks inside your shoes or even your ties.  Also, wear your heaviest pair and pack the lightest.
  • If you want to pack really, really light, cordovan shoes go well with everything.
  • The best way to pack belts: lie straight along the inner circumference of your suitcase.
  • When folding your suit jacket, turn it inside out.  The lining, now on the outside, will protect the suit from wrinkling.
  • Shirts and sweaters (especially cashmere): stack face-up on top of one another, arms spread.  Fold the bottom half under the top half, making sure the horizontal fold is below the belt line.  Place tissue paper in-between.
  • Pants: fold at the crease and drape lengthwise in your suitcase, legs hanging over one end.  Place shirts and sweaters on top of the pants and fold the pant legs back over the shirts and sweaters, creating an envelope effect.
  • Always have a mini first aid kit, especially when traveling overseas.  The most you should have in this little bag is heartburn and indigestion medicine for any type of emergency…  You never know!

Safe travels!

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