I’m packing right now for Boston and thought I’d share some of my favorite packing tips with you. After traveling to conferences for years, I’ve learned some sneaky tricks to fit the maximum in my bag, prevent my suit jackets from wrinkling and – most importantly – what you can leave behind.
Never underestimate the importance of buying a good travel bag. I’m currently loving my AWAY brand suitcase. It’s got a hard shell, power bank in it for emergency charging, and has been able to take a good beating with all the conferences and excursions I make. The website says they’re indestructible. So far so good.
A set of packing cubes will keep your luggage organized and helps compress your clothing for when you’re trying to squeeze it all in. I roll my clothing like in this video from Hacks Unlimited:
Suit jackets are a little tricker, but of course there is a video to explain how to pack those as well, explained by GQ:
If you’re short space, there are a few things you shouldn’t need to pack. Most hotels have a hair dryer in the room, so skip it. If you don’t have a “must have” shampoo you can also just use the hotel’s brand. While I need a laptop to comfortably blog for Conference Live, you may be able to get along just fine with your smartphone and tablet.
Make sure you pack one good pair of comfortable shoes. You’ll be walking between hotels and around the conference center, which is a lot of walking. This year the trade show is the largest it’s been in a decade, so you’ll have tired feet if you pack brand new (not broken in) or uncomfortable shoes. I pack one good pair of walking shoes that look dressy, one comfortable pair of heels and sneakers for sight seeing. If I have room I’ll throw in a pair of boots. I know women who carry a bag just for their shoes but that’s way too high maintenance for me.
Take a notebook (or pick one up at the trade expo from a vendor) and extra charger/power bank. There will be a charging station but you will be on the go from breakfast till late night dinners so don’t run out of juice. And leave just a little room in your bag so that you can take home all the goodies you’ll find at the trade show.
See you soon!