Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Smooth Tricks for Packing Up

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Smooth Tricks for Packing Up

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I TRAVEL FREQUENTLY for work, so over the years I've established a system for packing quickly and efficiently.

Knowing how to pack well will save you time and keep your clothes looking their best when you reach your destination.

The first thing to think about is the kind of trip you're taking. You will pack differently for a beach vacation, a ski weekend and a business trip. If arriving wrinkle-free is your top priority, you'll use certain packing tricks; if carrying the maximum amount of casual clothes in your bag is the goal, other techniques are more effective. For most any trip, you'll use a garment bag, suitcase, duffel bag or a combination of these. Each kind of luggage has its advantages - here are tips on which one to use, and how to use it best. GARMENT BAG A hanging garment bag is ideal when you're packing formal clothes or business suits. A good dry cleaner can provide you with plastic bags, tissue paper and cardboard covers that fit over hangers. Arrange clothes this way: Place a cardboard cover over the hanger's bar, then fold tissue over the bar and hang pants from it. Drape tissue over the hanger's shoulders, hang a shirt over it and stuff the sleeves with tissue paper. Finally, hang a jacket over that, pulling the shirt's sleeves through its sleeves. Make sure the jacket isn't crumpling the shirt's collar. Slip a plastic dry-cleaning bag over the whole thing, and hang it in the garment bag. The tissue paper helps the clothes keep their shape, and the plastic reduces friction so that clothes hang naturally. Never overstuff a garment bag. SUITCASE Plastic bags are effective in a suitcase, too; place each garment in its own bag. Overlapping the clothes as you pack them reduces the hard folds that cause creasing. For example, lay the upper half of a pair of trousers into the suitcase, letting the legs overlap the side. …

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