After traveling over the years with multiple suitcases and a lot of mismatched clothing and accessories, I realized that it was time to hone in my packing skills. After all, those baggage fees add up. In this post, I’ll share a few tricks I’ve learned that have helped me pack more efficiently.
It’s helpful to know the weather and vibe of the city you are traveling to. My NYC city wardrobe is completely different from my Miami wardrobe, for instance. If you’ve never been to this city before, you should do a little # hashtag research and you’ll quickly get a feeling for the type of place and which outfits are appropriate. Instagram is wonderful for what I call # hashtag research.
Now let’s get to packing… shall we?
I usually start by counting how many days I’ll be away. If I have a special occasion, most likely I’ll have that outfit already picked out. Then I think of how many nights and what kind of plans I have or at least what types of activities and places I plan on going to. Dressing appropriately for each occasion makes me feel prepared and confident. I pick an outfit and accessories for each night and two extra “just in case” outfits. “Just in case” in the event of an wardrobe malfunction or for when I am not in the mood for one of the other outfits I chose. Then I do the same thing for daytime. If I have too many colors and need lots of different shoes and accessories, I try editing my choices in a way that I can use the same shoes and accessories with different outfits. With the extra room I just created, I pack my workout clothes. I always feel great after exercising and I also find that when I am on vacation is when I have the most time to exercise.
– I always pack comfortable walking shoes and a basic cardigan. Most places have air conditioning and even if it’s scorching hot outside, it may be cold inside.
– I pack a comfy outfit for my down time. I find that when planning a trip, most of us tend to focus on the things we’ll be doing and forget that being on vacation is also about relaxing.
It’s always a good idea to pack seamless undergarments and a strapless bra for those sheer and white summer outfits
I always try to leave some room in my bag for the new things I may buy while I am away. Each city has its personality and we tend to incorporate it and as a result we shop for things that makes us feel like we belong there.
Lastly, a few last tricks to cut out the excess:
-Pack only one fragrance
-There is no need for ten lipsticks and eyeshadows, pick the most flattering palette and keep it concise. Beauty products weigh a lot, so keep it simple.
-If you have a dress that requires its own pair of shoes and bag and these accessories don’t go with anything else, consider taking something else instead.
-Wear your jacket or coat on the plane. Not only they take a lot of room in the suitcase, but airplanes are usually cold.
Bon Voyage, fashionistas!!! ✈😎