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For a standard business trip, I suggest you pack at least one suit, maybe two, and a navy blazer. If you want another pair of pants, I think chinos are great or if you need something dressier, of course, you can go with dress pants. Make sure there’s enough contrast and don’t go with something Navy that is different than the Blazer, or even exactly the same because, with the buttons, it just looks off.
When it comes to shirts, I’d bring a white dress shirt with cufflinks, maybe a light blue one, and at least a checked one which is a little more casual that you can wear without a tie.
Most people forget it, but it’s very important to bring at least one pair of shoe trees because it helps your shoes to stay in shape and lasts longer, while plastic ones are really lightweight, I don’t like them because they don’t provide the desired shape and hold I need, so I go with a lightweight wood such as cedar or even better poplar.
In terms of accessories, I usually bring pocket squares, tie, sometimes bow ties, cufflinks, rings, maybe a car pin, or a collar bar, and also boutonnieres. I actually use the Fort Belvedere gift box to travel with them because that’s perfect and they don’t get damaged that way.
So how do you pack a suitcase?
First of all, I suggest you go to the bedroom because if you have a large enough bed, you can put all of your things out there and you can have your suitcase up on the bed so it’s easier to pack. The first thing I do is to stuff my socks and underwear into the shoes that don’t have shoe trays. I definitely recommend you use shoe bags or dust bags because they keep the rest of your clothes clean. The remaining t-shirts, polo shirts, or undershirts, and socks go into the bottom of the suitcase and especially on the side where you have the pull mechanism because it’s uneven and those socks help to even everything out.
Now in terms of a suit, the big advantage of a large spinner suitcase is that you don’t need to really fold your suit heavily. So what I do is I use a lightweight plastic hanger with a wide shoulder pad, you want the shoulders to be about two inches wide and you want a trouser bar to not be rubberized because it usually doesn’t stick. Never go with more than two garment bags and if you have more garment bags, such as two suits and two jackets, simply double them up in the same garment bag.
Once the garment bag is zipped up, you lay it flat in the suitcase then take the other garment bag laid flat as well. And then you fold them over one on each other. that way the crease in the garment is not strong and it won’t wrinkle. I always try to fold it just at the bottom part of the lapel because that way, you don’t get any creases in it. On top of the suits, I only put very lightweight items. I found that rolling up ties usually makes them wrinkle much more easily and just laying them flat in your suitcase means they shift around and that way they wrinkle too so definitely get a tie case.
So what suitcase would you ideally choose?
Over the years, I’ve tried lots of different things and I’ve found that two things are very important. One, you want spinner wheels that are really easy to roll because nothing is as bothersome as having to carry your suitcase for long distances which makes you sweat and uncomfortable at the airport.
Your spinner suitcase has to be wide enough. Ideally, your shoulders should fit in there no problem. Originally, I started with larger, more rectangular suitcases, but I’ve gone to a more square shape which works really well for suits.
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