Road Warrior : 5 Travel Tips for Packing Effectively

TSA opens my suitcase and sees a perfect Tetris puzzle of squares and rectangles and L-shaped Ziplocs fit together with no dead space gone to waste.  Fluffy room socks wrapped around voice recorders and a bag of XLR cables between layers of long-sleeve business shirts and fitted tank tops.

There's a lot I could say about packing, in particular for those transporting delicate equipment but I've narrowed my suggestions down to five go tos that effectively guide (or least keep from derailing) my packing process.