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Loves To Travel, Hates to Pack

Dear Society Diplomat,

When we travel, my husband manages to fit everything into his carry-on, while I end up bringing along half my closet! What pieces should I pack that will allow me to streamline yet still look chic at my destination?

Thanks, Camille Styles Moore/ Camille Styles Events

Dear Camille,

Your hubby must be one heck of a clothes packer. Drop and roll, baby. That’s right, dropping and rolling is likely how he gets his packing game on.Can’t blame him. It also might it be the fact that men don’t need a different pair of shoes with each outfit? Perhaps. Or, even, a choice of three pair of shoes per outfit? Let’s not get into gender studies here, though.

Whether a man or woman, it’s easy to pack into a carry on.

First, get the best and largest carry- on piece of luggage possible. Carry-ons can be deceiving. They can look big yet not be too big. They can look the right size and be too small. I recommend Tumi, Hartmann, Guyard or Halliburton. They are pricier, yet they will last close to forever.

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Beyond the actual vessel that will carry your wardrobe, what goes in it – and how, are very important. Of course, the weather has a bearing and winter clothes are, of course, thicker and more wieldy.

Let’s project we are packing for a perfect Spring weekend get away to Turks & Caicos. Sound simple? It is.

The greatest thing about planning a vacation is planning ahead so you are not caught without something you need. Been there, done that. Try finding good toothpaste in Bora Bora, like I had to one time not too long ago. Elmer’s Glue would have been better.

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If you have four days away, that’s super easy. For women, pack two skirts or shorts, three tops, two swimsuits and two breezy dresses. Plus, three pairs of flats. For men, pack two shorts and swimsuits, one pair of pants, three shirts and two T-shirts, along with two pairs of shoes and/or flip flops. Plus, the usual assortment of underwear and socks. This will be enough for beach wear, nice dinners and laying around the pool as you are served cocktails by uniformed servers.

Rolling the clothes as you would a bath towel, aligning all the clothes in the middle, works best. Your shoes and toiletries kit should flank the outside perimeter. The outside pockets can also hold those. Remember to take things that are cotton and drip-dry should you need to wash something out overnight. That’s really all there is to it.

Along with your iPad or slim laptop or a couple of paperbacks, you are ready to hit the beach when you land.

Happy trails to you until we meet again.

Diplomatically Yours, The Society Diplomat