5 Easy Yoga Poses for Weekend Workout Warriors

Traveling can be a remarkably stressful experience — especially if you are flying, and if you pack the night before.

I am constantly traveling, oftentimes hitting multiple cities back to back. And through my constant traveling, I have learned to pack quickly and efficiently.

I’ve whittled it down to the basics: Typically what I do is pack and then repack, taking out what I don’t really think I’ll need. I don’t like to be separated from my luggage and I don’t like to waste time waiting for it, so I never check a bag. I have even gone to Australia and Japan for a week with just a carry-on!

Here are some packing tips that will make your travels a little less stressful:

1. Find the perfect suitcase.

Smart packing starts with a great suitcase. I like this soft case black TUMI bag that has two deep outside pockets that allows for easy access. It is compact, but also highly functional, with lots of areas for storage — perfect for my laptop.

2. Choose a monochromatic wardrobe.

Since I spend a lot of time on the East Coast, a lot my go-to tops and bottoms are black. When I go on other trips I may add a second color, like white. For vacations in warmer destinations, I tend to pack white and tan, with brown accents. If I am going to Hawaii or another tropical place, I may throw in some brighter colors.

3. Go light on the shoes.

You really only need three or four pairs of shoes: one pair of workout shoes for running and the gym; one pair of low-heeled shoes or flats, which will save space; and one pair of dress shoes. If it’s winter, I wear boots on the plane. If I’m traveling during the warmer months, then I may throw in a pair of sandals or flip-flops — they don’t take up too much room.

4. Keep it casual.

A great trick is packing less dressy clothing than you think you’ll need — especially when you are going on vacation. Chances are you will be hanging out at your hotel more than you think. Of course, the exception is if you have back-to-back formal events.

5. Carry a light garment bag.

For suits, dresses and nice shirts, a hanging garment bag is a must-have. Attach a low-profile, black garment bag to the exterior of your carry-on roller to avoid having to check anything.

6. Pack a lot of scarves.

Pack light and bright silks for warmer destinations, and cashmere and wool for trips to cooler locales. They dress up every outfit and don’t take up much room.

7. Choose cottons and natural fabrics when possible.

Things that don’t wrinkle are ideal for the inside of your suitcase. Dressy linens and silks can be hung in your garment bag.

8. Pick a zip-up tote in a soft material as your second carry-on bag.

Throw shoes, makeup, toiletries and items you may need on the plane in a tote bag. You can put a magazine and a small purse in there as well.

As long as you have the basics — workout gear, a few nice outfits and some casual attire — then you are set. And don’t forget your vitamins!

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