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Believe it or not, there’s so much more to packing than considering what you might want to wear while you’re away and tossing it all in your suitcase. “It takes some planning, but you can absolutely pack for 10 days in a carry-on,” explained Hitha Palepu, an expert who’s wrote the book, literally, on smart packing (How to Pack, amazon.com). “I’m a big proponent of packing clothes that can be worn in multiple looks, and for trips with a lot of single-wear outfits, especially weddings, you can squeeze 3-5 days in a carry-on suitcase,” she told ELLE.com.
“I was traveling on a weekly basis for my work at a pharmaceutical company. Each trip was different and often had multiple pit stops: a pitch meeting, a manufacturing facility tour, internal meetings. Packing in a carry-on was a must when you’re expected to move quickly and efficiently, but not a reason to sacrifice my personal style,” says Palepu. A year of suitcase trial-and-error resulted in a method she wound up sharing with others on her blog, an experience that proved the hunger for help is real (“Tips for power-packing have become my most viewed and shared content”). Here, an entry-level class on perfecting your packing game.