I am so excited for our trip to Austin this coming weekend! I know most people dread packing but I actually really enjoy the process. When I visit home I tend to stay anywhere between a week to a week and a half so those trips have helped me really perfect my packing skills. With spring break and summer just around the corner I know many of you will be traveling so I thought I would share some of my tips with you. I put everything in categories because this is how I stay organized so I don’t forget anything. I recently bought new luggage that has compartments which makes a huge difference when it comes to organizing your suitcase. If you have luggage that doesn’t have built in compartments you can always by some packing cubes. On we go to the packing:
The very first thing I do is check the weather before I start doing any packing. I’ll never forget the time my family and I went camping thinking it was going to be sunny and warm only to find ourselves in shorts in twenty degree weather. Never again! Once I know how the weather will be I pack my outfits accordingly. This way you can still look put together in that cute outfit while also being prepared.
Make a List
I am so guilty of making a mental note of things but this is honestly the best way I remember things. Or I just create a list in the notes section of my phone. If writing works best for you, jot down all the items you need and cross them off as you go.
Clothing and Shoes
The next thing I do is plan my outfits in advance for each day. This may sound a little excessive but trust me it will save you so much time! When you’re going through every piece of clothing struggling to find what to wear, you’ll wish you had done it. I personally like to try on every outfit on so I know how it looks and don’t have to worry about a wardrobe malfunction in the middle of my vacation. In addition to my outfits I always pack one workout outfit. I love nature and always make it a point to go on a hike or do something outdoors, so if you know you’re going to be outdoors putting your body to work you may as well do it in the right type of clothing.
This goes without saying but I make sure to pack comfortable shoes when traveling. You know you’re going to do a lot of walking so take shoes you know you can walk around in. I always put my shoes at the very bottom in travel shoe bags so my clothes don’t get dirty. And of course, underwear and bras! For underwear and bras I always take neutral colors – black, white, and nude. I can’t stand to have either showing so neutrals is always the best way to go. I put these in the built in compartments in my suitcase.
P.S. I like to iron my clothes before putting them in the suitcase. Once I arrive to the hotel room I take everything out to prevent wrinkles.
Whether you’re going away for the weekend or a longer period of time try to keep your accessory pieces to a minimum. Most likely you won’t be using the ten necklaces and hats you want to take. Instead take only a couple of your favorite items that will work with multiple outfits. These will be the items you’ll most likely be wearing anyway, even if you do take all the others. This will save you room in your suitcase and you won’t have to worry about leaving anything behind. You can even wear your pieces so you don’t have to fuss over packing them. If you don’t want to do this you can just put them in a small ziplock bag to prevent tangling.
On to the nitty gritty of it all. To be honest this is the area where I tend to overpack. I don’t know why the thought of forgetting something gives me a tad bit more anxiety than I’d like it to. For this reason I always make sure to make a list of all the items I need so I can cross off each item as I go. I don’t take any full-size products. Most of the travel-size items are under $1.50 so you don’t have to worry about spending too much money on them. Plus most drugstores sell travel kits with all the necessities like shampoo, toothpaste, razor, face wash, etc. and they come in a travel bag so you can reuse it for other trips.
I keep my makeup and brushes in two small but separate makeup bags. I do this strictly for sanitary reasons. You want to keep anything you put on your face as clean as possible. Sticking with the minimal rule I only take what I need. There is no point in taking half of your makeup collection when you really only need the ones you know won’t fail you. For example, a small blush trio that is all in one compact. Or an eyeshadow palette that can give you a daytime and a nighttime look. The key is multi-use items.
If there is any important piece of paper you need to take such as a confirmation letter, passports, records, etc. I leave them at the front of my door. By this I mean I literally put the papers right at the entrance the night before so there is no way I can forget them. This way I can just stick them in my purse and go. Or I stick a post-it note on my door with a list of what I need and check off the items before I leave.
Hope this helps make your packing a little easier! Let me know if you have any packing tips that I should know.