Summertime travels can be just as much a headache as a tranquil escape. Later this week, I will be adventuring to Alabama to visit family and as much as I’m looking forward to this trip, I am absolutely DREADING the packing process. I once said that I feel bad for my future husband because I come with a lot of baggage, meaning that I do not in any way travel light. Thank god for my girl Lauren Conrad and this little list of DO’s and DON’Ts when it comes to packing. It’s a great list that is going to be my guide for every trip from here on out!
– Do be reasonable. Override that voice in your head trying to convince you that you absolutely need six tops for a three-day trip. You don’t…and the practical you knows that.
– Do roll your clothes instead of folding them. First of all, it minimizes wrinkles and therefore you don’t have to worry about the quality of your hotel iron. Second of all, it frees up a lot of space for other traveling necessities.
– Do adopt Kate Middleton and Michelle Obama’s recycled-outfit policy. Unless you’ve been out hiking all day, or rolling around in the sand, there’s a very good chance you can wear certain wardrobe pieces more than once in a single trip. If you first wore your white sundress with a jacket and cute espadrilles for a casual night out, turn said sundress into a beach cover-up for day two — just a thought!
– Don’t underestimate the power of making a list. Write down the bare essentials of what you’ll need for your trip, wherever the final destination may be. Key word here is basic: bras, underwear, socks, a pair of jeans, a warmer layer for the evenings, a chic go-with-everything dress, and so on. Then, follow your list without exception — it’ll help you to not go overboard when you start digging into your wardrobe.
– Don’t skimp too much. If you know that you’re going to a wedding with formal dinners planned every night, then yes pack a few extra dresses. The trade-off? Include a neutral-toned pair of ankle-strap sandals that go with each outfit, so you don’t have to overload on the shoe front.
– Don’t forget to pack a great belt, a pair of statement earrings, and a classic pair of flat sandals. When in doubt, these things will come in handy.
From my experience, the #1 factor in packing light is getting a smaller bag. Less space in the bag means that you have to pack smarter. I usually start packing in the smallest bag I can, and then ONLY IF something is absolutely necessary, I will increase bag size.
xo – blondie