My dog, Flash, has two footballs.
He has an “outside” football, and an “inside” football. Sometimes when you’re playing ball with him
in the house, he’ll get a little too wound up and it will be time to go outside
to play. When you walk to the sliding
glass door and open it, Flash will run to the door, drop his “inside” ball,
then he’ll run outside and pick up his “outside” ball. The outside ball never comes in the house,
and the inside ball never goes outside.
We didn’t teach him this; it’s just something he does. Frankly, I admire his compartmentalization
skills, even if it means he’s more than a little “O.C.D.”
When I’m scheduled for multiple, consecutive trips in a row, I’ll do the
same thing with my clothes. I have a
suitcase that never comes in the house.
Think of it as an “outside” suitcase.
It has the clothes, toiletries, accessories, etc, that I need for a five
day commitment on the road. I have
plenty of clothes “inside,” so what sense does it make to spend time mingling
the two all the time? The only issue is
Fortunately, hotels do laundry. I
rotate the dirty clothes through the hotel’s laundry service, while carrying
the dirty stuff in a plastic bag in my suitcase. Every Sunday night at check-in, I hand the
desk clerk a plastic bag with last Thursday and Friday’s dirty clothes in
it. They usually hand it back to me,
clean, on Monday afternoon or Tuesday.
Wednesday afternoon, I turn in another load that has Monday and Tuesday’s
clothes in it. Friday at check out, I
have two sets of clean clothes and some dirty items for the hotel clerk at the next
hotel. And so on…
I checked with my manager, and my travel schedule complies with the
requirements put forward for laundry expenses. If I can expense the cost of the laundry, why on earth would I do it
at home and waste the time and effort to unpack, repack, etc? Flash is a genius!
Additional laundry pointers:
Find a pair of comfortable slip-on shoes that you
can travel with, and that you can wear to work.
Shoes take up too much valuable packing space, so if you can travel,
work, and hang out in the same pair, you’re ahead of the game.
Dry cleaning is expensive, time consuming, and a
real pain in the @$$ when you’re on the road.
Pack cotton clothes whenever you can, you can iron them, they launder
easily, and wear well.
Three pairs of wrinkle-free trousers will last a
week if you don’t spill anything on them, and if you steam them out over the
Change your accessories (belts, ties, scarf, etc)
but don’t change your core. White dress
shirts are a dime a dozen and they’re extremely interchangeable. Accessories are smaller and easier to pack.
Take a sharpie and write your initials or name on
EVERY article of clothing that you travel with.
I put my initials on the tags of my shirts. I can’t begin to tell you how often the hotel
laundry service gets them confused.