Let's Talk with Cheryl Hollon
Do you have a packing routine?
Do you have a packing routine? I have a ritual I’ve used since I started traveling internationally for my engineering job back in the 80s. Now that I’m attending mystery conferences, I use the same techniques.
Here’s what my rack looked like for the largest and longest mystery conference, Bouchercon. It was held in San Diego, CA in 2023. It moves to different cities every year so next year it will be in Nashville, TN, followed by New Orleans, LA, in 2025. More than 1500 readers and authors usually attend. It’s an opportunity to meet your favorite author and get a signed book.
I can see at a glance that all the individual elements coordinate with each other. This is because I frequently change my mind after I arrive. I can also make certain I have clothes appropriate for the weather at the destination.
Here’s the empty packing rack I use to hang up my outfits. I found little marker tabs to separate the days. Yes, I am that fussy about my packing. I start with shoes, then hats, and then I fill each day with an outfit.
I’m also a big fan of compression cubes. I stow my PJs and undies in a small cube. I roll my T-shirts, blouses, and sweaters in a medium cube, but I fold all my trousers and suit jackets flat in a large one. I’ve found that this method reduces wrinkles. Reduces, but doesn’t eliminate them completely. Luckily, there are irons and ironing boards in the conference hotels.
Finally, I tuck in my waterproof toiletry bag. Waterproof, because who hasn’t had something leak all over your lovely clean clothes? It never seems to happen to the already-worn outfits.
Do you have packing rituals that keep you organized during travel?
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