“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

TravelHaven Tips – Packing for Portability

Meghan Casserly (in her article at forbes.com) suggests that with airport security ramping up, a less-is-more approach to travel packing is more important than ever. When time is money, relying on carry-on is sure to help you travel faster — and probably cheaper.

Between enhanced screenings — of your person and your luggage — crowded airports, and longer wait times for flights, getting in and out of an airport with your baggage in hand is more stressful and time-consuming than ever. Nearly every airline now charges fees to stow your suitcase in the hold. Also, a 2008 report from the Transportation Security Administration says that nearly 42,000 travelers have reported lost items from their luggage in a three-year period at an estimated value of more than $31 million. Common items reported missing include medicine, laptops, clothing and jewelry.

Doug Dyment, creator of OneBag, a travel blog offering advice on what and how to pack, is evangelical about single-bag travel, based on the premise that a bit of forethought can reducethe stress of packing, getting through the airport and navigating unfamiliar terrain with unwieldy luggage. Dyment’s primary tenet of travel-light policy is the packing list. He considers the packing list a contract you make with yourself that “I will never put anything into this bag that is not on my list.” Consider it a blueprint for packing, and you’ll save yourself many a headache. The last-minute additions make a lot of trouble packing your carry-on.

Once you’ve decided what to pack and made your list, the question is how to pack it. Veteran travelers have tried-and-true systems for wrinkle-free packing that involve rolling, tucking and wrapping garments in a protective covering — from tissue to dry cleaners’ plastic — all of which provide an important buffer layer between garments.

If you need a formal dress when traveling, it’s alright to carry on a garment fresh from the dry cleaner still on a hanger. Flight attendants are usually nice enough to hang it in the front of the cabin. That way it doesn’t suffer any packing abuse and it doesn’t count as an additional piece of luggage.

For women the weight of products, especially cosmetics, is a big concern. The amount of liquid means extra ounces that might make the difference between carrying with ease and spraining a shoulder. Look into solid forms of your usual products. Powder foundation travels better than liquid (and doesn’t run the risk of exploding all over your cashmere sweater) just as dry shampoos work great for short trips. Tooth powder may scare people off, but it gets the job done just as well at a fraction of the weight of a tube of toothpaste.

As every professional woman knows, attention paid up front can save time and money in the long run. Organization is the key: “There’s no big secret to traveling light. It’s a very large number of very small things,” says Dyment.