"When I first started traveling in 1992, I'd forget to pack certainthings. I'd occasionally leave behind a belt, dress socks,underwear; one time I left behind my dress shoes. It got to bepretty expensive, not to mention a royal pain. To solve thisproblem, I created a checklist of essential items and posted itinside my closet door."
- Mark Britton, Arlington, Texas

"I am frequently gone for two to three weeks and may travel to sixor seven cities. I use a 'just in time' system to minimize theamount of clothes I carry. I have pre-arranged packets of clothesmailed to the various hotels and mail back my dirty clothes. I havetraveled for more than a month in Europe with nothing more than acarry-on."
- Blaise Mercadante, Winter Park, Florida

"Medication, glasses, contacts - these items can't be easilyreplaced. I make sure they are packed and one other: salt. Rememberhigh-school science? Salt is a protein, and proteins get outproteins. So that coffee, blood, or ink stain that happened rightbefore a big meeting is easily removed with a touch of water andsalt."
- Gwendolyn Carnes, Richmond, Virginia

"It's taken me years to systematically cut the weight of what Icarry, ounce by ounce. The key to this has been using lots ofrugged, but low-weight stuff available from the outdoors catalogs -lightweight clothes, pack bags, etc. My favorite carry-on? Not arolling bag, but a Patagonia Burrito Suiter."
- George Huba, Culver City, California

"Everything I travel with is on in-line skate (ball-bearing)wheels. That lets me carry a lot of weight without being physicallytaxed by lengthy transits across DFW or O'Hare. Most of my wideassortment of luggage is made by Atlantic - the quality is good,the wheels are smooth, and there is a lifetime repair/replacementguarantee. Stay away from wheels without bearings; they roll finein the store, but when pulled for a distance, heat up and createincreasing drag."