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Packing tips for wrinkle-free travel

Packing tips for wrinkle-free travel

As a frequent traveler, I want to share some packing tips that have helped me stay free of wrinkles. I have tried many methods including an classic method detailed on the Men’s Wearhouse site; steaming my clothes in the bathroom on arrival, voodoo, etc. None of these methods quite did the trick, even with wrinkle-resistant clothing (see my note at the end of this article).

My wrinkle-free status improved significantly recently, when I discovered Eagle Creek’s Pack-It Folders. These are phenomenal for keeping dress shirts, pants, and jackets wrinkle-free in your luggage (they also work with skirts, but I haven’t tried that).

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Eagle Creek also offers Pack-It Cubes, which I use for general organization (you’ll see how it all works together to tidy up my suitcase, below).

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Folding Board

    The Pack-It Folders come with a sturdy plastic folding board, which has detailed folding instructions printed on it. The diagrams on the board guide you through the folding process, and are very easy to follow.

    Folding a dress shirt with the Eagle Creek Pack-It Folder Click thumbnails for larger view

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    1. Start by buttoning a few buttons on the shirt (I button the top, third, and 6th buttons), smooth it out, and place it buttons-down on a flat surface. Then, fold the right sleeve across and fold the sleeve down at an angle, as shown in this picture.
      Fold right sleeve
      • Next, fold the other sleeve across the folding board, then angle the sleeve down just like you did for the first – as shown here.
        Fold left sleeve
        • Next, fold the tail of the shirt up to the collar (the board forces you to fold it in the right spot), then flip the shirt over, place it in the center of the Pack-It Folder, and remove the board. You now have one neatly folded shirt.
          Folded shirt
            • You can fold several and stack a number of shirts (the number depends on the size Pack-It Folder you are using). When you’re done, you place the folding board on top of the whole stack to help keep everything flat.
              Folded shirt
                • Next, fold the flaps closed on the Pack-It Folder to make a nice, tidy bundle.
                  Tidy bundle
                  • The Pack-It Folder and the Pack-It Cubes work together to make a very tidy suitcase. And, when you reach your destination, you can unpack and things look almost as crisp and fresh as when you got them back from the cleaners. Click the image for a tagged version of what’s what in the picture.
                    Folded shirt

                    Note: For maximum effectiveness, I recommend buying wrinkle-resistant dress shirts and pants. I prefer Lands’ End shirts as they come in exact sizes and are fantastic when it comes to shedding wrinkles. As a bonus, they are also stain resistant!

                    Guest author Dwayne Melancon is the creator of the Genuine Curiosity blog, featuring information on a variety of tips, lifehacks, gadgets, personal productivity and other useful topics.

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                    Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

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                    Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

                    Here’s How to Create a To-Do List that Super Boosts Your Productivity.

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                    6. Learn to Say “No”

                    Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

                    Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

                    7. Target to Be Early

                    When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

                    For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

                    Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

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                    This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

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                    Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

                    You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

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                    I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

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                    When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

                    Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

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                    You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

                    Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

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                    Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

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                    If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

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                    17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

                    For related work, batch them together.

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                    1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
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                    18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

                    What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

                    One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

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