Packing Tips from Briggs and Riley

This is a new semi-regular feature here on Road Warriorette. Briggs & Riley is one of the premier luggage brands, with a collection for every life style from the casual traveler to the business travel elite.

It wasn’t too long ago when packing an extra pair of shoes didn’t cost an extra $35 in baggage fees; when getting on a plane didn’t involve an epic battle for overhead luggage space; and when you could walk by the dreaded “Your bag is too big” box without breaking into a sweat.

But with new baggage fees, and increasingly strict security rules, the days of tossing another outfit in at the last minute (just in case you want to change out of your suit after the meeting) are over. Nowadays it’s all about agonizing over whether you really need to bring that dress and measuring exactly how much shampoo you’ll need for four days and splitting it between three separate munchkin-sized bottles.

Let’s face it; cramming more into a smaller bag is the biggest packing trend, resulting in more wrinkled clothing and items arriving in not-so-ship-shape.  So what’s a traveler to do – especially one who doesn’t have an expense account for those baggage fees? The management team at one of the world’s most prestigious luggage makers can offer some hard-earned advice on getting what you need, where you need it, without wrinkles and without compromises. As for how to make sure some TSA guy doesn’t then rifle through and destroy your perfectly packed masterpiece?

Sorry. Even we can’t help you there.

Carole Schnall (VP Administration, Briggs & Riley)

Her clothing arrives in perfect shape every time

My clothes always arrive in perfect shape and wrinkle free – I start by folding neatly like they do in a department store, and I put plastic in between each item.  I use either dry cleaner plastic or polyethylene bags which you can buy at Home Depot or Wal-Mart. I use them over and over again.  I roll my underwear into my shoes and take each shoe and put it into a supermarket plastic bag and tie them up to avoid dirt, which then get placed along the edges of my bag.

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