How to Pack… and Pack Well

Packing for Business:

When it comes to packing for a business trip, do your best to travel light. Try fitting everything into one or two carry-on bags (depending on your airline’s policy) so you won’t have to worry about checking your bag, picking up your bag, or having the airline lose it.

Build your wardrobe off of basic colors, such as black or brown. Then, simply add a few different colored shirts, a universal pair of dress shoes, and some accessories. You can also do this with your casual outfits for when you’re not working.

Our Newark Airport parking members have found it helpful to take a bottle of wrinkle spray, just in case you can’t find an iron. Make sure you fully charge your laptop before you leave and don’t forget the charger or an extra battery. If you’re traveling overseas, check to see if you’ll be able to use the electrical outlets. If not, be sure to take an adapter.

Take travel-sized toiletries to save room in your suitcase.

Packing for Cold Weather:

If you’re traveling somewhere cold, remember one thing: layers. Pack warm base layers (such as thermal or synthetic materials) and then layer over them with sweaters, vests, sweatpants, fleece jackets, and outerwear. You’ll stay warm and if you get hot, you can always take off a layer.

Be sure to take a warm hat or two and plenty of socks, since most of your body heat is lost through your feet and head.

At our Newark Airport parking facility, some of our members use vacuum-sealed clothing bags for bulky articles of clothing like sweaters and outerwear. They’re easy to pack and give you much more room in your suitcase.

Pack lotion: Cold weather can dry out your skin very easily, so invest in some shea butter or cocoa butter lotion and apply liberally to stay moisturized.

If you’re planning on being outside a lot, pack some hand and foot warmers to avoid frostbite.

Packing for Hot Weather:

Wherever you’re going, you’ll want to stay cool, so be sure to pack clothing that’s light in color and made of a breathable material such as cotton or linen.

Don’t forget to bring these basic essentials on a hot-weather trip: sunscreen, lip balm, aloe lotion (for sunburn), bug spray, sunglasses, and a swimsuit.

Build your wardrobe off of solid colors that you can mix, match, and layer easily to give you more outfit choices. For the ladies, be sure to take plenty of accessories to customize each outfit and when it comes to shoes, be sure to pack at least one comfortable pair.

Remember to pack a jacket or a sweater and a pair of pants. While the weather may be hot during the day, many places can get chilly at night.

If you’re headed to the beach, leave behind the big items like beach chairs and umbrellas. You’ll be able to buy them there and you won’t have to worry about trying to pack them.