Ah the sun is shining, I'm drinking an iced coffee & wearing my floral dress. You know what that means?! It's time for some vacationizing. Yes thats a word.
Whether you are headed to the beach, back-packing through Europe or enjoying some sight-seeing, packing can be a love-hate relationship that hopefully you will lean more towards the love side after reading this!
In just a few weeks I will be on a plane to Italy. I've dreamed of going back ever since I lived there for a semester and miss it oh so much. The food, the culture, the beauty, the fashion, the pace of life. Did I mention the food?
So how do we conquer those dreaded suitcases and make sure we don't forget anything for basking in the sun or hiking through the mountains??? Read Below.
1. MAKE A LIST & A PLAN
LIST- I can't tell you how many times this has saved me from forgetting my toothbrush or a phone charger. I'm pretty sure those are the two most frequently left behind items when people are traveling because you use them both right before you head to the airport or pack up the car. And I mean crossing off a list is one of the most satisfying things. Am I right? And not just the list...
PLAN- A plan is really what makes a world of difference. Have an idea of what you'll be wearing and how for your trip so you have the best chance of packing light. The more you plan the better you'll pack. Also consider how you will mix n' match which pairs well with what for the next tip!
TIP: Invest in an extra of both so you don't forget them or be sure to put them on your packing list and check your list before you leave your house in the morning. Like Santa.
2. CAPSULATE THAT WARDROBE
If you are not usually a capsule wardrobe kind of person now is the time to become one! Mix n Match pieces that can be used in multiple ways is the key to not looking like those packing memes with 50 Louis Vuitton travel trunks. Focusing on a LBD or a chambray button up that can utilized by wearing over a basic tank or with your favorite skirt for a night out makes for the ideal piece to pack. Did you know that Americans are really the only people who don't wear the same outfit twice for a long time. Wear a piece twice on a trip in a different manner to make it work for you.
Going on a big trip in a few months? Plan a small weekend trip in the meantime to practice your skills. I know it sounds weird but the more you pack the better you get at it! No matter how long the trip is. When I studied abroad in college we would travel every weekend and by the end of that trip I had become a pro packer. I could fit 4-5 days in a carry-on with room to spare for souvenirs. Now the powdered makeup I packed they would often tell me was a liquid stopped me at security but besides that travel was a breeze!
4. BE A WEATHER FIEND
Knowing the weather will save your life while you are packing. Don't assume you know it'll be warm. My sister and I travelled to Vegas and it was supposed to be warm but at night and in the morning is was definitely nothing but COLD. Thankfully I packed a jacket but had I checked the weather better and remembered better what 60-70 degrees felt like I would have been better prepared to not freeze.
PRO TIP: Wear or carry the heaviest item you want to pack for added room. And if you live in the North like me, wearing or carrying that coat is not so strange.
Not just the prayer you say while you are on the airplane during take-off. Give yourself grace. We cannot accurately guess every possible thing you could ever need while you are traveling. Don't beat yourself up if you forget something, most likely the things we forget are not must-haves or needs. Remember you are there to make memories and experience and enjoy broadening your perspective by learning about a new place. No one will notice that you forgot to pack your favorite mascara. Only you. And forgetting things and still making it work builds creativity and grit.
AND REMEMBER: The less you pack the more you can bring back with you from your travels ;)
STAY TUNED FOR MORE PACKING TON O' FUN NEXT WEEK! <3 MK