Hate packing? We'll let you into a secret: so do we!
That's why the Australian Business Traveller team is always on the lookout to make one of business travel's more frustrating tasks faster, easier and with less faff.
One of the tricks I'm very fond of is never fully unpacking. Don't worry, my bag gets put away -- but there's always a small stash of key travel items tucked neatly away in the bottom of my carry-on.
If I'm travelling hand-luggage only, everything's where I need it, and if I'm packing a suitcase I can just drop anything I don't want to take on board into the larger bag.
I keep a "travel set" of things I always take with me in the bag:
- foreign currency
- frequent flyer cards
- my stash of overseas SIM cards
- travel-sized toiletries
- the shoes I travel in
- socks, underwear and t-shirts
- power adapters
- connecting cables
- power strip (you do travel with a power strip, right?)
Having the necessities in your bag also serves pretty well as a "go-bag" in case of natural disasters, fire or any other reason why I'd need to leave the house in a hurry.
If you travel with electronics it's especially helpful to keep a second set of cables and chargers in your case: those little cables take way too much time to unplug from the home computer and roll up neatly into your bag. Take my advice and keep them zipped up in an old airline amenity kit.
Prefer travelling with a garment bag? Consider dropping it off at the cleaners fully loaded with laundry on your return home, then picking it up all neatly pressed and folded before you next hit the road (or even en route to the airport).
Got a favourite luggage tip to share with your fellow travellers? Jot it down in the comments below!