• Start planning what you want to pack a couple of weeks before your departure and set aside those clothes so that you can get a visual sense of what you have andwhat you will need regarding coordinated ensembles. Fold and set aside clothes such as socks, underwear, and sweaters so that you are not frantically washing clothes the day before departure. • Silk camisoles make ideal layering pieces to pack since the thin material takes up minimal space in a bag. Any items that have been professionally cleaned prior to your trip should go right into your carry-on, still expertly folded by the cleaner. Pack a travel size version of Downy Wrinkle Releaser, to handle any clothes that end up creased and a small container of powered laundry detergent for washing clothes in the sink at your destination. • Figure out what you will want to wear on the plane. Ideally it should be a comfortable, classic combination of neutral layers. Remember significant temperatures changes while in the air are common. • If you are going to bring a coat to your destination, only bring one. Consider practical options such as jackets that convert to vests and reversible coats. Make certain to wear your coat on the plane instead of packing it. A puffy down filled coat when folded can double as a very comfortable pillow on a plane. • Select a color palette and pack only clothes that can be worn together. Ideally pack mostly interchangeable neutrals, with a couple of colored items. • Come up with a shoe strategy. Pack no more than one pair of flats and one pair of heels, if you are planning on dressing up during your travels. Realistically one high quality, comfortable pair of shoes that you wear onto the plane may well be all that you need. • Contact the hotel you will be staying at before you depart to confirm whether it offers hair dryers, hair straighteners and curling irons, adapters and converters, iPods chargers, and assorted toiletries. • Put aside sample size makeup and beauty products to use during travel. If you shop online at Aveda and Sephora, you will find that they add three or more sample size products with each order. Birchbox members receive monthly samples of toiletries and makeup at a cost of $10 per month. You can also frequently find offers for free samples on manufacturers Facebook pages, such as Cover Girl and MAC Cosmetics