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How to: Pack a Carry-On with Style

Travel light without going naked

Bearski writes:

“Since I travel every week for work and don’t check a bag I have to get pretty creative with my outfits. I usually try to find layers (in the winter) that I can wear with other items or alone so I can save room and wear things more than once.

Unfortunately, my current wardrobe is not very conducive to this idea. I would LOVE it if you could do a piece on ways to minimize space whilst maximizing options. It would be even MORE stellar if you could actually put together some example options!”

Instead of trying to answer this question myself, I decided to go straight to the expert. In this case, that would be my good friend Hitha Palepu, who runs travel blog Hitha On the Go. Her passport’s seen so much action it should probably get tested.

Here’s what Hitha had to say:

“I empathize you on the traveling every week front – I deal with it regularly, as do a few of the men in my life (namely, my husband, and a few busy cousins). Lucky for you, they all have great style and manage to pack a week’s worth of clothes neatly into their carry-ons. I’ve put together a packing list and sample outfits for you – with 9 pieces, you can stay stylishly professional throughout your trip.”

Below, three basic rules to think about when packing for a work trip:

1. Pack around a neutral color.

Your blazer, a pair of trousers, and shoes should be the same color (either black or brown).  Gray, tan, and navy can be worn with either neutral.

2. Add moderation.

Select a mix of patterned and plain shirts for the most combinations.

3. Don’t forget your personal touch.

If you’re a French cuffs guy, go with unique cuff links (Bauble Bar has a great selection) to personalize even the most basic of work outfits. You can also choose brightly colored or patterned socks over basic black to add visual interest. And to keep things slimmed down, store your cash and cards in a fun money clip instead of a wallet.

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Happy travels!

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