The summertime is a great time to hit the road or get on an airplane for a quick getaway. You’ll want to make a game plan for what attire you’ll bring with you, the best way to transport your items and how to get it all done.

Here are five key packing tips to help you get started.

1. Keep Your Itinerary in Mind

Before you head out the door to your summer getaway, you want to make sure you’re considering your itinerary. What you will do on your getaway trip is an ideal guide to plan what your packing. So, if you’ll be in hot weather most of your trip or heading to the beach often, you’ll want to make sure you pack your favorite swim trunks. If you’re planning to make brunch followed by a walking tour or museum visit a big part of your excursion away, then you’ll want to consider packing casual shorts or a high-quality cotton shirt from brands like Hugo Boss or Emanuel Berg.

You can also use your itinerary as a guide to which items you’ll pack first. In this case, think backward and pack the clothes in the order you plan to wear them from the last day back to the first day of your getaway. That means you’ll need to pack the clothes you plan to wear on the final day of your getaway first and the outfits you plan to wear on the first day of your trip should be the last ones you pack. That way these clothes end up on the top and are the first items you see when you unzip your bag.

2. Pack Light

One of the top packing tips to use when you’re getting ready for a summer getaway is to pack lightly. That means leaving behind bulky clothing or tossing all of your clothes in the middle of your suitcase. Consider packing your items flat or rolling them tightly to make the most space in your suitcase or weekend bag. Bring along shorts instead of heavy jeans or go for a lightweight linen or cotton suit with few pockets and flat seams as opposed to suits with pleats or pockets that add bulk. Bring just the items you need.

Also, pack for the weather. When the weather gets hot, it’s a no-brainer to pack light and your short-sleeve casual shirts. If it’s the rainy season, consider carrying a lightweight rain gear. Also, don’t forget to include protective gear, such as a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. These items don’t take up much space in your suitcase. They’re also lightweight and easy to carry and wear. When you pack light, you can get where you’re going faster and have fewer items to worry over.

3. Use Plastic Bags

If you want to make sure you get to use your favorite shampoo or shaving cream, it’s okay to pack a travel-size version. But keep in mind that these items can easily spill in your suitcase or carry-on if you fail to pack them securely. Even when you think you’ve closed the cap and twisted the top of the bottle on tightly, it’s not uncommon for caps to press up against another item in your suitcase that causes it to open. One way to get around these spills is to pack your toiletries in plastic bags. Consider using large sandwich bags or freezer bags that can be locked with a sliding zipper. You can also tape around the edges of the bottle caps for extra security. You can also use plastic bags to cover your shoes and protect shoes while keeping your other clothing items from getting dirty. By using these packing tips, you can prevent unwanted spills in your suitcase.

4. Leverage Garment Bags

Whether you’re going to catch a show on-site at a hotel or going to a special dinner on a cruise, it’s always a good idea to pack at least one suit or outfit for the occasion. However, throwing your suit in a suitcase or carry-on bag will it crushed in no time, and that’s not how you want to transport your suit, especially if you just got it custom tailored or bought a high-end brand, such as Hugo Boss. One of the best ways to avoid this is to use a garment bag. Garment bags help you keep your suits crisp and wrinkle-free and are easy to carry around.

5. Get Help

It never hurts to have a helping hand to help you decide what to pack or to make sure you’re not leaving anything out. Consider soliciting a family member or friend to help you pack to make sure you have everything you need for your trip. You can even take advantage of a digital assistant on a smartphone, download an app or use a voice assistant device, such as Alexa, to help you with your packing needs.

Whether it’s an impromptu summer getaway or a planned vacation, you’ll need to pack for the occasion and keep a few things in mind to make your trip run smoothly. By thinking about your packing in advance, you’ll have less to worry about so you can enjoy your summer getaway.

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Ralph Lauretta

About Ralph Lauretta

Ralph is a co-owner of Sal Lauretta for Men. His areas of expertise include custom clothing as well as being the primary clothing buyer for the store. When not at work you can find him hanging out with his family, reorganizing his garage or watching a Denver Broncos game.