Think you can’t cram everything you’ll
need for your next business trip into one carry-on bag? Wrong. Doug
Dyment, creator of the indispensable online packing site OneBag.com, has turned
legions of skeptics into believers. Here are a few of his tips.
Don’t fold. Most
people pack clothes the way they find them in stores: individually
folded and stacked. “If I had to pick the most ineffective, most
damaging-to-clothes, least space-efficient way to pack, that would
be it,” Dyment says. He advocates “bundle wrapping,” which saves
space and cuts wrinkles, explained in detail on the site.
Buy smart. Create a
wardrobe with items that can be mixed and matched, and bring
versatile accessories that can change the appearance and utility of
Lose the liquids.
“They’re heavy, not very space efficient and prone to leakage,”
says Dyment. Most toiletries have lighter, solid alternatives, such
as J.R. Liggett’s Bar Shampoo (www.jrliggett.com).
Ditch the documents.
Dyment saves space by carrying a laptop or data CDs instead of
stacks of papers.