February 11, 2018


How to Pack All Your Electronics for Travel

For some people, packing for a trip is a treat. You get to set everything out, think about how you will use each item and organize them accordingly. For many of us, the process might start out that way in our heads but then ends with us trying to cram phones in sneakers and worrying about overstuffed suitcases bursting as we race to catch a flight or a ride.

No matter what type of packer you are, getting your electronics sorted out for travel is an important step before heading to the airport, train station or the open road. Organizing all of your gear in advance will help you a lot as you go. The last you want to do is rummage through all your tightly packed clothes trying to find your e-reader while another passenger sleeps next to you. Start with a plan, keep it simple, and you will be ready to go. Literally.

First, Face Facts
The first thing you want to do is lay out or list all the electronics you are considering taking. Seeing them all out together or on a list will give you an idea of how much you plan to bring so you can get an idea of the space and organization you will need.

All the electronics laid out on a table

The next step is to ask yourself some questions. First, will you use each item, and how will you use it? If your tablet and phone can do what you might do on your laptop during your trip or vice versa, then leaving behind the superfluous devices could save you some valuable space.

Once you decide what you are taking, make sure you have the right plugs and chargers. If you are traveling internationally, search online for any plug and voltage adaptors you will need. Pack those with the cords to keep things simple.

Then, Make a Plan

The next thing you want to think about is when you will use each device. If you take your camera but won’t use it until you reach the hotel, then consider packing it in a more interior and secure spot in your bag. If you want to use your e-reader on the plane, then make sure you can get to it easily without having to rummage through your bag.

If you are traveling through TSA security screenings at the airport, make sure laptops and other electronics that have to be pulled out can be accessed for that purpose. Having the case in line with your bag’s zipper or pocket opening helps save time as you scramble to get your shoes and belt off and empty your pockets.

Finally, Make it Easy on Yourself

One of the best things you can do, especially if you travel frequently, is to get the right gear for your gear. Having a bag that allows you to do all the above and stay organized will reward you throughout your travels.

Traveling lightly is an incredibly liberating experience. If you don’t feel weighed down by your stuff, you can enjoy your trip more, especially the transit part of traveling. To do this, get a bag that can fit all your stuff and keep you organized. Of all the bags out there, this bag from Nomatic checks all the boxes. You can stay organized, pack a surprising amount of stuff, and feel mobile and free to roam. You will thank yourself for making the purchase everytime you reach into this incredible bag.
December 15, 2017


Best Tips for Organizing a Small Business

Organization can be a deal-breaker when you’re running a business, especially in the early stages. Everybody has the same 24-hours in a day, but how you spend those hours makes all the difference in your success. Staying organized is crucial to allowing you time to focus on what’s important and what will really help your business grow and succeed. Here are some tips to help with your small business organization.

Stay goal-oriented

It may sound cliche, but always reaching your goals will make it easy to prioritize your time and stay organized. Have a goal board that you see every day. Keep a simple Nomatic notebook with your list of goals with you, and always start your day by reading your list of goals. This will help you easily sort your tasks by importance, and let you easily add to it as your entrepreneurial mind flexes.

Designate space for everything

Minutes spent looking for things every day turns into hours over the months and years, so take the time to find a home for everything you have or acquire. Efficient office organization becomes increasingly important as you try to run a small business. Invest in storage solutions that will keep paperwork, supplies, and equipment organized and easy-to-find.


Failure to delegate can often mean the failure of your business. Letting go of tasks you extremely dislike, are not your area of expertise, or could be handled better by someone else can allow your business to flourish and ultimately increase your cash flow. Freeing up your time also lets you worry about the more important tasks: travel, networking, professional development, etc.

Organize your office space and your life to help you on your path to success. Buy your Nomatic Notebook to get started on prioritizing your time and goals for your small business.

December 12, 2017


Helpful Tips for Traveling to Thailand

Ask any world-traveler which destinations top their “Favorites” list, and chances are nearly all of them will mention Thailand. With mouth-watering cuisine, unfathomable scenery, lively culture, and welcoming people, it’s no wonder why this gem of Southeast Asia is one of the most frequented. If you’re ready for the adventure of a lifetime, check out this list of helpful tips for traveling to Thailand that will help make your trip one of epic proportions.

1. Getting there

Air travel to Thailand isn’t cheap. In fact, chances are it will be one of the most costly aspects of your trip. However, there are several measures you can take to ensure you’re getting the best deal possible. First, try to fly in and out of Bangkok on a Tuesday and, if plans allow, stick to traveling in spring and fall months, as you’ll avoid the seasonal rush which often bumps airline prices significantly.

2. Don’t drive

Thailand has the second highest number of traffic fatalities in the world. Avoid adding to this statistic by walking to your destinations (especially in metropolitan areas) as often as possible and only travel by car or taxi when absolutely necessary. Local buses, the Metro, and Skytrain are also safe, affordable travel options.

3. Slow down

Thailand’s rich history, vibrant culture, and seemingly endless attractions make it easy to go overboard when planning your travel itinerary. Instead of rushing from city to city or site to site, take a few days to soak in everything that the unique Thai communities have to offer. Take a day or two in Bangkok before heading to your next destination and leave room in your itinerary for unexpected activities that other travelers might suggest.

4. Wet your whistle… with caution

More than likely, most of the food you’ll eat will be better than you’d ever imagine. And while local menus, street food, and market fare all offer a vast array of flavors, spices, and textures that will have you in a heavenly daze, there are a few specialties that don’t always sit well with foreigners. Kai Yiew Ma, for example, is eggs preserved in horse urine; order Goong Ten and you’ll find yourself eating a salad of live shrimp.

5. Pack smart

With thousands of attractions to visit, dozens of different villages and cities to explore, and various methods of transportation to take, the last thing you’ll want to do is haul around bulky, overstuffed luggage that contains a mere fraction of the things you actually need. Packing smart is one of the key tips for travel to Thailand. First and foremost, make sure you have a durable, functional bag that can withstand the demands of Thailand travel. The Travel Bag by NOMATIC isn’t just made with quality materials or designed for epic adventures, but it’s also brilliantly designed to fit all of the necessities you’ll need for a trip to Thailand. Be sure to visit NOMATIC to get your Thailand travel bag.

Second, make sure you heed the following packing advice:

  • Be respectful of the culture by leaving any potentially offensive clothing items at home (i.e. garments with religious or inappropriate themes).
  • Bring at least one warm item for chilly bus trips and train rides.
  • Stiletto pumps and penny loafers can be left at home. Stick to the Rule of Three with a pair of flip-flops/sandals, athletic shoes, lightweight close-toed shoes (if you plan on attending a pretentious night club).
  • Because the climate is so warm, try packing only lightweight, quick-drying clothes that can be easily packed and unpacked.
  • Laundry is cheap. Pack only what you’ll need for a few days and do laundry when needed.

With your bag neatly packed and your itinerary primed for adventure, you’re bound to have an unforgettable experience exploring Thailand!

December 08, 2017


What Every Man Needs for a Life on the Move

Do you own your own business or have a lifestyle that involves frequent travel? At NOMATIC we know that constantly being on the go is no small feat; between ensuring you pack properly for your trip and making sure you have everything you need on your travels, it can be difficult to develop a one-size-fits-all packing list to turn to for those last-minute trips. This article highlights important things that every man needs for a life on the move.

1. Noise canceling headphones

Kid screaming on the airplane? Too much chatter at the coffee shop? Need some peace and quiet after a busy workday? Noise canceling headphones top the list of what people want when it comes to frequent travel. No matter if you want to drown out the sound of the jet-engine on your cross-country flight or you need to listen in on a conference call in a loud place, noise-canceling headphones are surprisingly effective (and you’ll be kicking yourself for not getting some sooner).

2. Tailored Custom Shirt

The typical business trip calls for versatile clothing options that serve a variety of purposes. Consider purchasing one or two custom-fit shirts for a stylish look that lets you make the design calls when it comes to aspects of fabric type, cut, and style. Some companies have unique applications that allow you to take your measurements using your iPhone or iPad. As an added bonus, look for companies that will ship your shirts to wherever you are, no matter if you’re in a hotel, extended stay, or other temporary residences.

3. Travel Bag

Nothing makes business travel easier than a multi-purpose travel bag. Whether you need something easy to carry a backpack or the sleek usability of a duffel bag, a travel bag has all the innovative aspects you need for business ventures. The Travel Bag from NOMATIC, for example, offers useful features like:

  • Laundry bag
  • Water bottle pocket
  • Carry-on size
  • Valuables pocket
  • Backpack or duffel
  • Underwear compartment
  • Book pocket
  • Cord management
  • Laptop and tablet pockets
  • Sternum strap
  • Durable material
  • RFID & Security pocket
  • Easy access pocket
  • Roller bag sleeve
  • Shoe compartment
  • Waist strap

Each feature was strategically designed with a thoughtful purpose to make travel easy and efficient.

4. Travel Backpack

Ideal for the urban adventurer, the NOMATIC backpack is considered the most functional backpack ever. Made with the same classy, innovative design as the Travel Bag, the NOMATIC Backpack offers its own new set of brilliant features, including:

  • Customizable panel
  • Built-in expansion
  • Waterproof materials
  • Innovative straps
  • Retractable key leash
  • Perimeter zipper
  • Sunglasses shell
  • Magnetic bottle pocket

With a dedication to making superior travel products, the NOMATIC backpack tops the list of products people need for on-the-go lifestyles. Whether you’re traveling regularly or need a reliable bag for annual conferences, the NOMATIC backpack design is guaranteed to perform.

Invest in a NOMATIC travel bag or backpack today, and experience what it’s like to travel with a bag that works just as hard as you do.
December 06, 2017


Essential Tips for Packing Light

Packing light is skill that is surprisingly difficult task to master. Aside from knowing exactly which essentials to pack, picking the right bag can also be difficult. Check out this list of three tips for packing light for travel, and learn to master the art of light packing.

1. Get the perfect bag

Having a reliable and durable carry-on is key, but it can be difficult to ensure your bag’s dimensions comply with airline regulations and comfortably accommodate your things. Generally speaking, most major airlines require overhead luggage to be no larger than 22” high by 14” wide by 9” deep. Not only do the dimensions of the NOMATIC Travel Backpack and Travel Bag adhere to overhead TSA restrictions, but, they are TSA certified. Which means you don't have to pull out the following items through security:

  • Laptops
  • iPads
  • Phones
  • Credit Cards
  • Etc.

This is the most functional backpack ever, this backpack also offer incomparable design features that make packing light for travel a breeze.

2. Have a go-to “list”

All professionals need a go-to list for quick travel trips. The following is a list of light-packing suggestions for the average on-the-go man; consider making one similar for yourself:

  • Ankle socks
  • Light wool socks
  • Silk sock liners
  • Belt
  • Lightweight travel underwear
  • Undershirts (tank tops or t-shirts)
  • T-shirt
  • Dress shirts
  • Dress slacks
  • Sports coat
  • Jeans/Khakis
  • Dress shoes
  • Tennis shoes
  • Tie

Don’t forget to pack the essential toiletries, either, and remember to keep all liquids under 3.4 ounces.

3. Pack efficiently  

One of the key factors of packing efficiently is knowing your travel itinerary. If you have an extra day or time to kill, you can pack a little less diligently as you’ll likely have time to press and iron your clothing. However, if you’ve got a tight schedule, be sure to pack with care and efficiency in mind. Keep clothes you’ll be wearing immediately post-flight or post-travel close at hand as well as any toiletries you’ll need to freshen up. Remember, too, that traveling can often involve unexpected delays, so it’s best to be prepared.

Discover how easy packing light for travel can be with a NOMATIC Travel Backpack or Travel Bag. Check out the NOMATIC’s specs, details, and design features today, and discover the benefits of owning the world’s most functional backpack, today.

December 05, 2017


Best Way to Pack a Suitcase

Do you have a go-to packing technique for those short trips that require light packing? If you’re like most people, you probably do. However, do you ever think that maybe there’s a better way to pack? Consider the following 10 packing techniques for advice on how you can improve your efficiency and effectiveness when it comes to packing a suitcase.

1. “The Roll”

Rolling clothes is widely referred to as the best space-saving technique, especially if you’re headed on a trip that requires several different outfits or clothing items of significantly different sizes. The only con to “The Roll” is that clothes can often have wrinkles when unrolled.  

2. “The Bundle”

Bundling wrinkle-prone clothes with less-wrinkle prone clothes doesn’t just help to save space, but it also helps to keep your clothes as wrinkle-free as possible. To master this technique, strategically stack your clothes with items you’re ok having wrinkles on the bottom (i.e. undershirts, underwear, workout gear, etc.) and wrapping them with your most wrinkle-prone garments on top. This technique isn’t ideal if you’re going on a trip that requires quick and easy access to specific items, but it’s great for packing clothes that tend to wrinkle.

3. “The Burrito”

“The Burrito” requires you to fold each individual clothing item into itself. Don’t make this technique your go-to if you’re traveling on a tight timeline, as it takes time to pack and unpack. However, if time is on your side, “The Burrito” is the perfect space-saving technique and can help you get a lot of items into a small piece of luggage.

4. “The Compress”

Want to keep your clothes as clean as possible during your travels while still maintaining an organized bag and wrinkle-free outfits? “The Compress” method could be your new go-to. With space-saver compression bags you can either use a machine to help suck the air out of the clothes-filled bag, or roll the bag to get the air out. This time-consuming method is ideal for saving space if you’ve got a lot of bulky garments, but you can only fit a few items in each bag.

5. “The Cube”

A perfect method for hyper-organizers and those who portray OCD-like tendencies, “The Cube” technique requires you to sort your clothing by type and group similar outfits together. Not only does this help to prevent wrinkles, but it’s also perfect for trips that require easy packing and unpacking. Be aware, however, while “The Cube” technique is effective, it’s not very efficient in terms of saving valuable suitcase space.

In addition to these innovative packing techniques, consider the following tips to help your next packing venture go smoothly:

  • Instead of rolling belts, wrap them around the interior perimeter of your bag.
  • Use the “Rule of Three” when packing light; three shirts, three pants, three shoes (dress, sneaker, casual sandal), etc.
  • If you’re using a layered packing technique, separate layers with a dry cleaning bag. They don’t take up much space and, you can simply lift the bag to easily access certain layers of clothes.
  • Keep shoes in a gallon-sized zippable bag and place them along the sides of your bag to save space and keep clothes clean
  • Before you commit to a certain packing technique, gather all of the clothing items and other accessories you’ll need on your trip. Lay these belongings out on your bed or floor to see exactly what you’re working with and make your decision based on that.

By having the perfect travel bag, you won’t have to worry about the minor details that can make or break efficient packing. With a Travel Bag from NOMATIC, you can benefit from innovative design features that make packing for travel a breeze. Visit NOMATIC to get buy the world’s most functional travel bag, today.

November 28, 2017


What The Best Bosses Give Their Employees for Christmas

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s that time of year again: the air is getting colder, the snows are coming, and for many of us, our thoughts begin to drift toward Christmas. Who will we see? Are we going anywhere? What on Earth are we going to give to our families and friends? And, often, there’s a quiet little voice inside our heads wondering what we’re going to get, be it from family, friends, or even our bosses.

Giving Gifts to Employees

While not all employers practice the tradition of giving Christmas (or holiday, or winter) gifts to their employees, it is definitely appreciated when they do. But what do your employees want this year? And what can you afford to give them?

The most widely wished for and perhaps the most appreciated gift is the gift of cash. To some, this may seem impersonal and dull, while others may see it as a way to encourage your employees to have a life outside of work. Either way, the receiver of the money could almost certainly use it–in this financial climate, who couldn’t use a few more dollars? Just be careful about how you distribute bonuses; stick to a fair and sensible system to determine who gets how much.

There are, however, other awesome gifts that are a little more personal than cash, and one of these things can mean the world to an employee who wants (and deserves) a little recognition for all his hard work. Here are ten suggestions for great employee gifts you could give this year:

Notebook or Planner

  • A Nomatic Planner and Notebook. This handy little book can help your employees prepare for anything. With lots of excellent features like dual elastics and perforated pages, if they’re in need of a planner, this is the one that they want.


  • Nomatic also makes these amazing backpacks. Everyone needs to carry things, and hefting your stuff around in an organizational and sleek backpack is a great way to do it.

Roku Box

  • Consider the gift of a Roku box for your employees. A Roku is a phenomenal way to stream videos from virtually any streaming service, like Netflix or Hulu.

Terrarium Garden

  • A terrarium garden is a fun way to bring some color and life into the office. These little, low-maintenance gardens can be a bright spot for your employees.

Giant Gummy Bear

  • For a bit of whimsy, consider buying your employees a giant gummy bear. More affordable and nearly guaranteed to make them smile.


  • If you know your employees pretty well, it might be fun to give them a book you think they would like. It’s a nice way of showing that you know–and care.–who they are and what they’re about.

Book-of-the-Month Subscription

  • A subscription to one of those (anything)-of-the-month clubs can be fun. There are so many to choose from, there’s almost certainly one that your employee will like.


  • Fancy chocolate is a traditional gift, and nearly always well-liked. Just make sure to avoid any food allergies.

Cooking Supplies

  • For employees that like to cook (or like to eat) you might think about gifting a piece of distinctive kitchen equipment. A doughnut maker or even a nice cast iron skillet might be very well received.

Oil Diffuser

  • If you work in a stressful job, an essential oil diffuser might be a great gift. Essential oils are designed to help with stress, exhaustion, and even pain. Help your employees feel better.


  • If your employee commutes by foot or bike, a nice umbrella might be an ideal gift. After all, the holiday season falls during the winter, when the skies open up and pour the most. Nobody likes to be wet.

Do something nice for your employees this year. You know they deserve it.

November 27, 2017


Traveling on Airplanes: How to Have the Best Experience

Air travel has made it convenient to travel long distances in a short period of time, but the process of traveling by airplane can be complex. From booking the right tickets for the right price, getting to the airport with enough time, navigating check-in and security, and not to mention what to do when you’re through security and finally on the plane. It’s a lot.

Because we realize that there can be a lot of stress and anxiety when it comes to travel, follow these airplane travel tips to have a smooth airport experience.

Avoid checking luggage

If you can help it, avoid checking luggage. Weighing and checking luggage can add a significant amount of time to your day, not to mention more fees. And you probably know at least a few people with unpleasant memories of tracking down lost luggage. No thank you! If you plan ahead, you can pack most necessities into a carry-on and personal item, making your life much easier. Use travel-size containers for toiletry items, or plan to buy some at your destination. Pack only a few neutral articles of clothing and plan ahead of time to do laundry. If you simplify, you’ll find traveling is a whole lot easier.

Be smart with security

Arguably one of the most time-consuming parts of traveling is going through security. Because airport security processes travelers from all airlines, the lines can be really long, especially during peak travel times. To make it through security as quickly as possible, follow these tips:

  • Wear slip-on shoes. Having to untie and re-tie shoes takes precious minutes you may not have if you’ve already been waiting for a long time. You won’t regret this one.
  • No belt. Wear pants that don’t require a belt. The less stripping-down you have to do, the quicker you’ll get through security.
  • Don’t wait. Take off your coat, jewelry, and empty your pockets before it’s your turn to go through. You’ll hold up the line if TSA is waiting for you to walk through the detectors because you failed to prepare in advance. And nobody likes that guy.
  • Have an organized bag

    This can’t be stressed enough. If you have to dig through several pockets to find your liquids or electronics, you’re wasting precious time and holding up the line. Buy a Nomatic backpack because it’s TSA-certified, meaning it’s exempt from the TSA rules and you won’t have to take out your electronics. This backpack literally has every pocket placed at the most convenient location for everything, including a shoe compartment, valuables compartment, laptop and tablet sleeve, and even a laundry bag. This is the Rolls Royce of backpacks.

    Bring your own snacks

    This is another big one, because who doesn’t get hungry after all of the hassles of traveling? Save your money for your trip and don’t spend it all at the airport by packing your own favorite snacks. Even some airlines travel for on-flight snacks, so stop at the store on your way and pack snacks that will travel well.


    Stop dreading travel day because of the airport by following these tips and buying a Nomatic backpack to make it easy and hassle-free.

    November 24, 2017


    Working From Home vs Working In An Office

    Now more than ever, working remotely rather than working in an office is not only a possibility but a strong reality. Many organizations function 100% remotely, never physically meeting other members of the team. Virtual collaboration is even possible with conference calls, webinars, and other means of video conferencing.

    Is a work-from-home option rather than working in an office best for you? There are pros and cons to each side of the story. Many jobs such as elementary school teacher, surgeon, or chef cannot be fulfilled remotely. Other professions such as marketing, e-commerce sales, software development, graphic design, and writing can be done from home. CEOs and entrepreneurs may find themselves in a position where their schedule requires a significant amount of travel and communication with individuals outside of the company. In those situations, the ability to work remotely is priceless. Below is a list of pros and cons for both working from home and in a face-to-face office environment.

    Working From Home


    • No commute means more time during your day. Save money on fuel costs, and wear and tear on your vehicle. And it’s better for the environment!
    • It’s an excellent option for individuals with special needs such as physical disabilities or conditions that make commuting and working in an office difficult.
    • Fewer interruptions during the workday can lead to better focus and increased productivity.
    • Individuals who work best alone thrive when they are able to work from home.
    • More flexibility to tend to responsibilities at home—especially beneficial if you have a spouse and children.
    • No one micromanages you, looking over your shoulder to be sure you’re on task or otherwise being productive.
    • Many people who work from home feel like they have a better work/life balance, and are generally happier than those who work 9-5 office jobs.
    • You have the ability to take restful breaks during the day for meditation or a power nap if needed.
    • Flexibility with hours can allow you the time needed to hit the gym or go on a run and maintain an active lifestyle. Exercise can also help with neural function, improving cognition and therefore, your productivity.
    • Allowing employees to work remotely opens possibilities for highly talented individuals who are not local to join your team.


    • Distractions at home such as household chores, tending to the needs of young children, or loud commotion that breaks focus, can hinder productivity.
    • Working from home requires a lot of organization, time management, and self-motivation skills. Not everyone has the discipline necessary to be productive from home.
    • Work often ends up spreading into your personal life. You may find yourself needing to get work done when you’re on a family vacation,
    • You miss out on opportunities for face-to-face collaboration in the workplace.
    • There is a decreased sense of urgency for work when you are outside of an office environment.
    • Your supervisor isn’t able to observe your level of productivity and focus during the day.

    Working In An Office


    • In-office interaction fosters camaraderie and stronger professional relationships with coworkers.
    • Collaboration and face-to-face meetings enable more perspectives to be heard, often improving creativity and efficiency.
    • You have the ability to call impromptu meetings when business needs require immediate attention from multiple departments.
    • It’s easier to manage multiple individuals and operations when everyone works under one roof.
    • It’s easier to maintain a strict schedule and keep your work and personal lives separate.
    • You are present to take advantage of additional work opportunities you wouldn’t otherwise if you were at home.
    • Support from your coworkers.


    • You have less flexibility with your hours, which can lead to work/life balance dissatisfaction.
    • Constant interruptions from coworkers and commotion that can break your concentration and impede efficiency and productivity.
    • Most offices don’t allow employees areas to rest or nap during the day if you feel like you need a quiet break.
    • There is a lack of privacy and autonomy.
    • Working behind a desk during the day can encourage a sedentary lifestyle.
    • You have to deal with the time, cost, and stress of a daily commute to work.

    It’s Up To You

    Some advise that a combination of both office and remote work is a good option If your profession affords you that ability. You can reap the benefits of both work environments. You can work from the office, at home, a coffee shop, library, airport...anywhere! The bottom line is that you need to do what’s best for your personality, productivity and efficiency, optimal performance in your specific profession, work/life balance satisfaction, and the overall greatest benefit for your business and employees. Only you can decide what the best option is for you.

    November 21, 2017


    3 Tips for Taking the Stress out of Holiday Travel

    The holiday season is stressful enough when you’re staying home, but throw in a cross-country trip and anxiety quickly goes through the roof. There are so many details to think about and plan, lists to make, schedules to coordinate, and rides to arrange that at times traveling hardly seems worth the trouble. The key is to take things one at a time, focus what’s on the other side of that flight, and do not procrastinate.

    Even the most seasoned travelers sometimes still get the jitters. If you’re nervous about your upcoming trip this season, here are some holiday travel tips to help you through the worst of it.

    1. Do not procrastinate.

    This may seem like the most obvious thing in the world, but it is surprisingly common. For one thing, an early start is the surest way to save money on the flight you want. This is especially true when you’re traveling during the holidays and you don’t have much flexibility when it comes to dates. That said, try to avoid peak travel dates. On Thanksgiving, for example, Wednesday is notoriously the busiest day for outbound flights. On the other hand, flying in on Thanksgiving Day is often cheaper and much less busy.

    As far as Christmas and New Year’s go, the peak travel days vary depending on which days of the week the holidays fall. But generally, you can make a good estimate by figuring out which travel days would let you make the most of a long weekend without taking too much time off work – if those dates make the most sense to you, then they probably make the most sense to everyone else as well.

    2. Do your research and shop around.

    Luckily, these days we have search engines that do the work for you: you can put in flexible dates and it tells you which date combinations are the cheapest. Google Flights even lets you view a price calendar for the entire month so you can really see which dates would get you the best deal. There’s even an option for adding nearby airports into the search because prices don’t just vary by date – the airport can make a significant difference as well.

    3. Pack strategically.

    If possible, try to fit everything into a carry-on bag to avoid checked baggage fees and the inconvenience of waiting at baggage claim when you get there. But the TSA regulations about liquids and gels can make this difficult. A carryon can only have liquids and gels in 3.4-ounce containers (or smaller), and they must be packed together inside one quart-sized zippered plastic bag. This article has some great tips for packing light no matter the occasion.

    One thing that helps is to have luggage designed specifically for traveling, such as the one made by Nomatic. It has features to make traveling go as smoothly as possible, such as straps that let you quickly switch between a duffel and a backpack, detachable waist straps, a shoe compartment, a water bottle pocket, cord management pockets and RFID blocking, and a protective sleeve for your laptop or tablet. Learn more about how Nomatic’s travel bag can make packing one less thing you have to stress about.