5. Final touches. After I have chosen my clothes, I add one more blouse in case of a spill. I place travel-size toiletries (cosmetic counter samples) in a baggie, with meds and basic make-up in my purse. For men: Prepare your ditty bag with mini-sized products from the travel aisle (new one each trip), and away you go!
Ease of packing comes with practice. What one must adhere to is the discipline not to start improvising or compromising toward the end. The bonus of this discipline and well-orchestrated plan? A lighter and smaller travel bag you will have in your possession the entire trip; more time (not wasted standing near the luggage belt); and no risk of the airline losing your luggage. Try it!