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For years when I traveled I liked to make things complicated for myself. From the packing process to figuring out what to wear once I got there, it was never a pleasant experience for anyone involved. And then finally someone taught me how to pack. After 24 years of packing by throwing all of my favorite pieces into a suitcase that didn’t match or go together, I finally figured it out.
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01: Plan it out. First look at what you will be doing on the trip. I know this sounds like a ‘duh’ piece of advice but sometimes I forget that I’m going for business and I pack all of my vacation outfits instead. So know where you are going and what the right attire is. For this trip to Vegas I worked out a plan for what I was going to take just by making a few outfit equations (e.g. this top + these pants + these shoes). I made sure that everything could be mixed with everything else just in case I changed my mind. (I know myself well.) Stick to this list while packing and go ahead and bring your list with you. That way you know what and why you packed what you did.
02: Pack by day/event. I almost titled this step ‘pack by outfit, not emotion’ because let’s be honest, I’m an emotional packer. Whatever I’m feeling in that moment, I pack and then three days later I don’t know what I was thinking. So let’s go by another rule: pack by day or event. I know there are a lot of rules in packing out there like roll your items instead of folding, but I tend to pack and fold by the outfit. My suitcase literally looks like mini-outfits when you open it up and I know what I’m wearing each day or for each event. I fought this method for years saying it would defeat my creativity (*eye roll*) but it’s not a headache anymore when I get to my destination. I know what I’m going to wear, when I’m going to wear it. I also pack a LOT less when I do this which is good for everyone, since I can never lift my own bag. Who knew simplifying could be so helpful?
03: Do your homework. On this trip I waited until the night before our flight to do laundry. Thankfully I had my trusty Gain Flings which made it extremely easy to just toss some clothes in the washer and continue on my mad dash of packing. (These are little miracles when you are running behind and I pretty much always am. Basically they are little detergent packets that you literally toss in to the machine, no measuring or thinking and walk away. Your clothes come out smelling like you didn’t do laundry at 2 am because it has more Gain scent than the liquid version and it packs Febreeze. A busy girl’s dream come true.) We’ve all been in this ‘I forgot to do laundry and now I have nothing to pack’ boat before right? Your clothes aren’t completely dry when you pack them so the rest of your suitcase gets a bit…humid. So do as I say not as I do: when you are planning your outfits a few days in advance go ahead and make sure all of your pieces are clean, laundered and dry. Your future self who packs at midnight will thank you.
04: Stay tried and true. I’ve heard this piece of advice before and I’m a living example of it’s truth: don’t try new styles or items out when traveling. Now I think packing a few new things is great, it’s fun to look new and fresh on vacation or when traveling. I think the advice lies in the fact to not try out completely new outfits or styles that you’ve never tried before when you have no other options. I like to stick to silhouettes and favorite piece I know work so when I get ready to go I’m comfortable and confident. I used to pack by favorite pieces and would become so frustrated that they didn’t work as complete outfits. Try things on before you pack and stick to what you love. Your suitcase will thank you.
05: The 80/20 rule. Much like the advice above, I like to pack 80 percent basic, easy pieces and 20 percent wild cards. By basics I mean your favorite jeans, a little black dress you know that fits, a favorite jacket, shoes you know and wear comfortably, etc. Try to pack these staples first and fill up 80% of your suitcase with what you know works. And then have fun. Throw in a few extra pieces may it be a colorful clutch, a funky blazer, cute shoes you know will only last through an evening, etc. Do this and you’ll be as happy as a girl sitting alone on a bench in an airport. 😉 (See photo 2 above.)
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