Pack clothing options that are within the same color scheme. The more you can mix and match, the easier your trip and transitions will be. When it comes to packing, versatility is everything, and so is ease. Don’t lug around four bags when you can easily roll around one versatile bag on wheels.
2. Set multiple alarms and allot extra time for delays.
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As soon as you book flights, create multiple reminders (with alarms!) on mobile devices. My advice? Bring a mini alarm as a backup. This will serve you well throughout your entire trip, in hotels, etc. where phone reception and the ability to charge your devices may be limited. Make sure you schedule extra time for long lines in airports, and possible traffic or delays on trains. As someone who once got stuck on an inter-Terminal train, inside an airport, and missed my flight as a result, I’ve learned that timing is everything!
3. Emerge from your flight looking well-rested with travel-ready essentials.
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Whether traveling for business or pleasure, it’s always a good idea to put your best face forward. Hydration is key. The dry air on planes, trains and automobiles can drain your skin of moisture and vibrance. To prevent dry hands on the flight, bring an all-in-one hand and nail cream (Sebamed Hand & Nail Balm, $12.99, Drugstore.com). To stay fresh-faced from departure to arrival, use a Vitamin E cream and apply a moisture mask to your face before take-off and landing. Pack travel-ready essentials, like Amarte Daily ExfoliPowder, a liquid-free cleanser, toner and exfoliate that turns into a creamy lather when activated by water ($35, AmarteSkinCare.com). To smell great on-the-go, load up your favorite perfume or cologne into the Perfume Travel Atomizer ($9.99 at FragranceNet.com), which can hold 50 sprays of any fragrance.
4. Photocopies of your driver’s license and passport.
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Emergencies can happen. Important personal items, including documents, can get lost or stolen. To play it safe, make two photocopies of all your travel documents. Leave one copy with a friend or relative at home. Carry the second copy with you stored separately from the originals. Also, let someone you trust know exactly where you will be staying and how to reach you. Here are some examples of documents you should have photocopies of while traveling:
Passport ID page
Foreign visa (if applicable)
Credit cards brought on the trip
Traveler’s check serial numbers
5. Hard-top suitcases keep your belongings in order.
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Some people stray away from hard-top suitcases because of their weight (and weight limits on planes), but I love them. No matter what, your clothes will stay folded and intact. If you’re in a rush, they provide the easiest way to throw your belongings in a bag that’s sturdy and protected. On the other hand, soft fabric suitcases often get thrashed and banged around throughout the journey. With a hard-top, you can feel confident that your personal things will be preserved in good condition.
OUR PICK: Delsey Free Style 21″ Carry On Expandable Hardside Spinner Suitcase, $89.99 at Macy’s.