This week Berlin, the new cultural center of Europe is beckoning, and we’ve taken the drudge work out of packing so you don’t have to spare too much thought if you decide to head over there. [Follow the Journey online #DARKHORSEGERMANY Twitter / Instagram ] Like our own headquarters in Cape Town, Berlin is prone to the five-seasons-in one-day phenomenon. That means we’re going to pack lighter layered items, rather than bulky ones. As with all traveling, the first trick is to ensure you have a proper suitcase, the second is making sure it’s packed properly. STEP ONE Choose the right bag. A hand luggage bag with a few essentials should be fine for a short business trip. A holdall will work for a weekend break. For anything longer, like our journey you’re going to need to pack a large suitcase. The Dark Horse classic leather duffel should do the trick. STEP TWO Lay out all the clothes you’ll need on a table, and fold them neatly – like with like. This is what we’ve chosen for a week: 2 pairs of shoes 2/3 pairs of jeans 5 shirts A few Tshirts. *Save space by rolling your socks up and stuffing them in your shoes. This also protects the shape of the shoe. (Rolled up belts and ties can also fit in shoes) *For smart shirts, we suggest a packing cube. A great way to compartmentalize your belongings and stop shirts from creasing. STEP 3 Place your shoes in the gaps between the runners before loading everything else. Sturdier items such as denim should go at the bottom. Shirts and easily creased items should go on top. Leave the bulkier items for last. STEP 4 Now its time to take stock of all the essentials: -An umbrella in case it rains (and you know it will) – toiletries packed into a travel wash bag (if they’re going in your hand luggage, remember to keep them travel sized.) – Something to read on the flight – The all-important travel plug adaptors – headphones (in a protective case) – A passport (of course) – Keep the most important items on you – May our Men’s Timbre wallet could help. – Cards – Money – Your phone – A Camera for all your photographs – And a tablet STEP 5 If your luggage gets lost it can take a few days to arrive, so be prepared for the worst. Pack an emergency set of clothes into a cabin size suitcase, including a spare pair of shoes and put all your essentials in here too! And of course, We’ll check beforehand what kind of weather will we’ll experience while over there just before we leave. That way we can pack in the most streamlined way possible. Auf Wiedersehen!