About Us

What is it about packing that feels so daunting? The luggage. The rules and restrictions. The fear you’ll forget that one critical thing—and bring eight useless things in its place. We get it. As travel experts with a bit of a fashion problem, we’ve graduated from a frantic, last-minute, stuff-everything-in-a-bag routine (not recommended) to a calm, considered approach where every item has its place and purpose.

We created What to Pack to teach you our ways. We’ve spent hours researching new travel gadgets, testing packing techniques, and hunting for those Instagram-worthy outfits. (No filter needed!) Consider us your worldly friend who can keep you clear of the latest TSA hurdles, all while looking fab. Let us show you: Packing doesn’t have to be a dreaded scramble. After all, when you do it right, you can focus on enjoying what really matters – your trip!

Drop us a line at: whattopack@smartertravel.com

The WTP Team

Executive Editor

Maria Teresa Hart


Anne Olivia Bauso


Megan Wood

Senior Photo Editor

Liz Allocca

Senior Product Manager

Kate Reynolds

Brand Consultant

Molly Steinkrauss

SEO Consultant

Melissa Sciorra

Editorial Consultant

Josh Roberts


Alex Temblador, Amanda Norcross, Anne Olivia Bauso, Ashley Rossi, Bethany Mandel, Carl Unger, Caroline Costello, Caroline Morse Teel, Chelsea Stuart, Christine Sarkis, Courtney Elko, Dan Askin, Dara Continenza, Elissa Leibowitz Poma, Erica Silverstein, Jaclyn Liechti, Jamie Ditaranto, Jeanette Zinno, Julianne Lowell, Kate Knapp, Kate Reynolds, Kate Sitarz, Kristan Schiller, Lara Grant, Leanne Philip, Maggie Puniewska, Maria Adelmann, Megan McGrath, Megan Wood, Nevin Spearman, Patricia Magana, Peter Thornton, Rachel Klein, Rebecca Bohanan, Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon, Sarah Schlichter, Shannon McMahon, Siobhan Reid, Stefanie Waldek, Tina Lassen, Toby Orton, Tracy Stewart, Yasmine Beydoun