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Going on a trip is always exciting, but the stress of getting ready can sometimes be overwhelming. There are a few different kinds of packers: the over-packer with 3 suitcases, the under-packer who forgets boxers and of course the guy who sets off with nothing but the clothes on his back.

The most important decision is obviously which selection of men’s dress clothes to bring. Some of you might be lucky enough (or unlucky enough, depending how you look at it) to have a girlfriend who will pack everything for you. If not, the best thing to do is pack in terms of outfits. Don’t bring any item if you don’t know exactly what you’re going to wear it with and for which day. It may take a few extra minutes in packing time, but it will also save you that dreaded overweight baggage fee.

When it comes to packing men’s dress clothes, the smartest thing to use is a garment bag. Garment bags are convenient because they prevent your clothes from getting crushed and wrinkled. They’re also easy to carry and take up a minimum amount of space in the trunk. You should always use a garment bag to pack dress shirts, pants and blazers. As an added bonus, all you have to do when you get to the hotel is hang it in the closet. Minimum effort required.

If you’re flying to your destination and would rather bring a suitcase, dry cleaners plastic and hangers are your best friends. Hang your suits in the plastic, fold them in half and lay them flat at the bottom of your suitcase. If you’re traveling with a duffle bag, the best thing to do is roll these items at the bottom of your duffle. The plastic will do a surprisingly good job of keeping things from getting wrinkled.

Look at that, your packing is done! Now you’re free to sit back and enjoy your trip.

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