December 19th, 2013
Business traveling is particularly challenging for the tall man. Comfort and ease are not economical options for the tall executive like it is with average sized people. Tall travelers tend to pay more for better seats, more leg room and more bag accommodation. My husband, Ed, travels every week and has found that being light and mobile is very important when traveling to your destination. He never checks luggage; always carries on since it provides flexibility if he needs to change flights quickly or if there are delays and cancellations.
My husband says the big issue for tall travelers is packing the suitcase correctly so it can fit in the overhead compartment of the airplane. The reason why it’s a big issue is that tall peoples clothes have more mass (about 20-25% more) and its harder to pack all the necessary travel items into a normal size carry on suitcase. Scroll down to see how Ed packs for a 2-3 day trip. Versatility is key. Here is a packing cheat sheet for you on your next business trip. Travel well!
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THE BASIC ESSENTIALS
If you are going on a 2-3 day trip, you will need the following to fit in your carry-on suitcase:
- A dark suit (basic color that conceals stains from traveling), black dress shoes, 2 neck ties, and black leather belt
- 2-3 days-worth of dress socks, underwear and t-shirts (optional)
- 1 button down white/blue dress shirt
- 1 set of casual wear: a button down shirt and jeans (something you can grab a meal in). Ed makes sure the shirt can also be used a backup dress shirt if my white/blue dress shirt is ruined
- Gym outfit: 1 pair of sneakers, t-shirt, a pair of gym socks and shorts
ROLL, STACK, AND FILL
Once you have found the items to pack, now you must insert them thoughtfully into the suitcase. Sneakers need to go in first. Ed’s size 14 shoe takes up about 35-40% of my suitcase right from the start so he has to be strategic on how he packs the rest of his clothes. Rolling clothes is the best way to reduce wrinkles and reduce space used per item. Start with the pants first, then the shirts and undergarments. Squeeze the socks into the sneakers or into the zipper compartments on the floor of the suitcase.
PRESS AND CLOSE
You are almost done. Finally press your remaining clothing options (ties, pajamas, extra shirts, etc) and your toiletries onto the top of your rolled clothes. Press down to remove air and zipper the suitcase closed.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Never pack your suit in a carry-on as you will wrinkle and potentially damage it. Since a tall man’s suit is the bulkiest item, it makes sense to wear it while you travel so you can stay light and mobile.
SWEET SUCCESS – LET’S ROLL!