Pack it up
Tips to make packing less of a chore
April 7, 1998
Web posted at: 11:38 a.m. EST (1638 GMT)
(CNN) -- Packing can be such a pain. But there are ways to make the process a little easier -- and a little more efficient, no matter what kind of trip you're taking. Here a few tips from luggage industry insiders:
"For two reasons," says Michele Marini Pittenger, director of communications for Luggage and Leather Goods Manufacturers of America. "To eliminate things I don't need ... (and) if my luggage is ever lost or damaged I know exactly what's inside."
- Wrap clothes in paper or plastic dry cleaning bags to minimize wrinkling.
"Have a change of clothes with you if you're checking your luggage," says Larry Lein of Tumi, Inc., "because luggage sometimes doesn't make the connection."
"I think you're going to learn that you probably don't have to take quite as much with you and you're probably able to carry everything you need in one bag," says Neil Schultz of Zarfas Luggage and Gifts.
"I think the carry-on is the number one necessity piece right now," says Cedric Overton, a USMC buyer, "because you can pack a suit in it, and because of the new bells and whistles (and) outside pockets, you have the ability to pack a whole lot."
- Keep a change of clothes in your carry-on baggage.
"My tip to Business travelers, especially female travelers: put all
your papers and files in a wheel-aboard," says Liz Honnold of Ricardo of Beverly Hills. " It takes all the stress off your
- Use wheels whenever possible and avoid carrying.
"Take your sticky destination labels, the things that come out of the
computer, off as soon as you get to your destination," says LLGMA president Anne DeCicco. "It's the No. 1 cause for misdirected luggage."
- Don't leave destination tags and claim tickets on luggage from one trip for the next trip.
Based on a report from CNN's Business and Travel and Beyond. The segment appears weekdays on Early Edition at 7 AM (ET) and on Morning News at 10 AM (ET).
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