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Savvy travelers know how to fit the maximum amount of stuff into their suitcase and have much to teach in the art of making space for the truly necessary and beyond. When you go on a business trip, time is a precious commodity, so its all the more important to be prepared to organize your luggage quickly and effectively. In case you still haven’t managed to master the craft of traveling light and packing only the bare essentials, here are a few more tips that can help you up along the way.

1. Don’t leave packing to the last minute. Some studies say that when you pack early, you create almost 8% more space in your backpack. Why? Because gravity condenses your clothes so that they take up less space. If this tidbit is not enough for you, let’s just say that it’s better to take the time to think about what you’ll really need and avoid the desperate rush of grab and go. We suggest you pack your items 2 days before your trip, so you don’t forget to bring anything.

2. Stick to a color scheme. Whether you are a fashion aficionado or not, picking a color palette will make your packing all the smoother. If you don’t want an over-packed suitcase, or to dress like a clown, you can plan a travel wardrobe and mix and match a lot of great looks. This way, you’ll be able to choose a variety of outfit options with a limited number of garments. John Francomb gives us his top tips for packing for a short business trip in the following video.

3. Lose the shoes. Shoes are not exactly the ideal size or shape for packing; they’re heavy, bulky and usually stiff. If you are going on a hiking vacation, you will need boots. Big hiking boots. In this case, it would be suitable to wear them on the plane and take another pair of shoes in your backpack. But, in the case you’re traveling on a business trip and need a pair of fancy shoes, wear the most comfortable ones (whether sandals, sneakers, etcetera) and use the casual dress shoes to stuff small items into them, like socks. Of course, if you can, try to pack just one pair, preferably the most versatile one you own. And remember, when traveling light, multi-purpose is the ticket.

4. Minimize the toiletries. Cut your list down to what you absolutely need and, even for your checked bag, opt for small travel-size containers. You can always buy more shampoo or moisturizer at your destination! And if you are a huge fan of a particular product or have to use it because you’re allergic, keep your traveling toiletry bag stocked with the essentials at all times.

You just need a little practice and a couple of trips under your belt to begin to embrace this new way of packing and traveling light. Plus, if we’re talking about space, keep in mind that LugLoc is tiny enough to fit almost anywhere and falls under the essentials category, as it helps you keep track of all your precious possessions wherever your travels may take you.

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