How to Pack and Travel for a Stress-Free Trip

Prepare for two climates in one outfit, roll your clothes while packing and other tips from local travel gurus.


“I always recommend traveling with carry-on luggage to avoid additional fees at the airport while saving time. Go with one color palette for your wardrobe so you only need one pair of shoes, one pocketbook, and one set of jewelry. Wear your sports jacket on the plane so you are ready to dress up without it getting wrinkled.”
Linda Ferone, Director of Catering
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Tarrytown  
“I keep an extra travel set in my suitcase permanently, so I never have to worry about forgetting things: phone and laptop chargers, memory sticks, toiletries, collar stays, ear plugs to help me get a good night’s sleep, and a tiny first aid kit. I also always pack one extra shirt and tie, just in case I spill a drink or food on myself. And I keep a running list of anything that I need to pack or take with me, and I check it before I leave the house. It’s saved me from forgetting my passport more than once!”
Chris Sabido, Co-Founder of Emerge, Tarrytown
“First, I roll everything. Using that approach, I can fit five days’ of clothing in a nineteen-inch carry-on. I always wear my bulkiest items, such as jackets and boots, on the plane. I skip the laptop bag and instead carry an oversized shopper-type tote for extra space—zipper closure required.”
Stacey Tank, SVP and Chief Corporate Relations Officer
Heineken USA, White Plains
“Most importantly, invest in good carry-on luggage. Wheels are a must, and compression technology is a big plus. Pack as lightly as possible. Stick with one color scheme—it makes mixing and matching much easier. Have one set of travel-size toiletries all ready to go in a small bag. That way, you’re not scrambling before the next trip. As items run out, replace them immediately.”
Debbie Harwin, Founder of I Need My Space Larchmont
“I keep a travel makeup bag packed with my favorite beauty products that I know will work in any climate—including tinted moisturizer with SPF 20 and cream-based blush that I can use on both my cheeks and lips. My other must-have item is mascara. I find that if my lashes are enhanced, shadow and eyeliner aren’t necessary.”
Meredith Hayman, Makeup Artist, Yorktown Heights
“You can’t forget the ties. And I recommend that you purchase business attire that does not wrinkle easily since an iron is not always available at hotels. And for people who want to exercise after sitting for many hours [in transit], they can bring gym shorts and swimming trunks.”
Paul Okura, President of CMIT Solutions of Southern Westchester, Eastchester

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