Travel Tips from Miss America


Getting organized for a trade show starts with sound suitcase-packing practices. Here are some tips from two experts.

Many of you are getting ready to travel to Art Materials World, the annual tradeshow of the International Art Materials Association (NAMTA). The show opens in Dallas this Sunday, March 4, so you’re probably packing now. To help get you there prepared and ready for the exhibit hall, we collected some tips from people who travel frequently, like Cara Mund, Miss America. In just the past few weeks, she has traveled to Minnesota, Georgia, New York, and Florida as the face of The Miss America Organization. She is able to pack up a bag quickly and easily – with room for her sash and crown – by following these four tips.

Plan before you pack.
Start your process days before your departure date and make a list.

Put together specific outfits.
As opposed to simply packing the number of pants, shirts, shoes, etc. that you will need according to the days in your trip, coordinate your daily outfits as you pack. In the long run, it’s a timesaver, and will help you look more “together” throughout your trip.

Pack versatile and interchangeable clothing.
Instead of bright patterns, bring several plain-colored items that can be layered. Ladies: you can dress them up with bright accessories. Jewelry, scarves, and belts can help take an outfit from day to night.

Stock up on travel-sized toiletries.
They weigh less and take up less room in your bag compared to the tub of shampoo you may keep at home.

Take one carry-on with several compartments.
When your carry-on features several easy-access pockets and compartments, you can easily store and retrieve the things you need as soon as you land, like your electronic devices, your wallet or passport. Include items like medication, a toothbrush and a change of clothing in case your luggage gets lost.

For tips for men, specifically, we turned to Antonio Centeno of style blog Real Men Real Style, who offered these recommendations.

Choose slip-on footwear when you fly.
It will save you so much hassle at the metal detector when you have to take them off and put them back on.

Use your belt as an impromptu shoehorn.
The end of your belt or a plastic card from your wallet work equally well.

For air travel, wear as little metal as possible.
A belt buckle that can pop off – rather than having to take your entire belt off – is a huge timesaver. “I often pack my belt in my carry-on, along with my collar stays, and then put them on while I wait for my plane.”

Take the time to create a simple packing checklist.
“And then laminate multiple copies and keep one permanently in your bag (I keep one on Google Docs as well). This will save you money when you don’t have to buy an item you left at home.”


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