OK - I may have had a little too much time on my hands this week. More travel is coming but yesterday I posted about a product and today I decided to post a travel tip.....it might be a little too graphic so viewer (reader) discretion is advised.
Here goes: (by the way - this is not a product endorsement for Banana Republic or Eddie Bauer - just items I have in the closet.
When I travel I try to keep the number of shirts and pants to a minimum...I like to mix and match outer items over and over again because everything weighs something and takes up space so taking a different outfit everyday doesn't work for me. Just a few shirts and a couple of pants. That leaves room for jackets - coats or any other items you might want heading to your destination based on your needs.
It isn't the same with underwear - t-shirts or socks. I pack them to have for at least a third or half of my trip depending on how long we are going. If it is 10 days - then 5-7 items. You can always do laundry - or send items out or re-use them more that once if possible. The problem was when I had multiple items I would get them mixed up when wearing them. Which ones were fresh - which weren't so fresh. Sometimes (and you know this) it is easy to tell - other times - not so much.
During a trip to Europe I decided to turn my underwear and t-shirts inside out when I was packing. Labels were then very easy to see. When I wore them - I would turn them the correct way. That way after I wore them I could tell which were used and which weren't. Most importantly - after wearing the item the correct way the "more intimate" surfaces were tucked inside the garment. I could then refold them and have the more sensitive parts not touching anything else in my bag. Of course you can always use a laundry or "ice bag" from the hotel to pack your used items but even then I found that folding them and placing them in the bags takes up less space then just throwing them into the bag in a heap. They were in better shape and not taking up additional space.
I do the same thing with t-shirts and socks. When I pack I try to compress the size so not to take up too much space - but after I have "used" the item - I do the same thing. I refold them only now I know which ones are fresh - which are used and I have no issue with (I hate to say this - unwanted contamination)......ok - I said it I told you reader discretion was advised.
Try this next time you travel. You will like it.
I would have done a You-Tube.....but I think you can figure how to do this on your own. I will post a You-Tube on how to fold a suit or sport coat in a carry-on without wrinkling the crap out of it ........ more to come.
Travel well - Travel safe -
BK Travel Tips
To enjoy travel and see the world and often yourself as if for the first time and with with the eyes of a young child.