Packing is something of an art form, but like anything, the more you do it, the better you get at it. If travel is part of your day-to-day, like it is mine, you will need to invest in some proper luggage. Great packing starts with a good bag or suitcase (depending on the length of your trip), and possibly a garment bag, should dressier events be on the schedule. The golden rule is to be economical; visiting 28 countries in 30 days (something I managed to get through last year) tends to make you a bit of an expert at knowing what you will and won't use.
some common mistakes...
READING INTO IT
You might think you'll have the time to read the top five New York Times' bestseller books during a three-day trip away but I think we all know this simply won't happen. Books are great, but they are heavy. Leave them at home and buy yourself a Kindle
OVERPACKING YOUR TOILETRIES
No man needs more than the bare essentials - all of which should be decanted into unbreakable, 100ml travel bottles. If you are a fragrance man like me then purchase a travel bottle (Tom Ford and Prada both make great ones; or if you are on a budget, try a Travelo (travalo.com))
ALL EGGS, ONE BASKET
It's a sad fact that checked luggage gets lost and nothing ruins a trip away like stale clothes. Your pre-emptive strike is to pack one key outfit into your carry-on.
STRICTLY WITH SHOES
As a man, it's your duty to prove to all womenfolk that, during a weekend away, you only require two pairs of shoes: one formal (a brogue or oxford) and one a little less formal (a Gucci loafer or smart sneaker)