How to Pack Efficiently

Travel Planning

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.

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. 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 a wardrobe malfunction or for when I am not in the mood for one of the 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.

I always pack comfortable walking shoes and a basic cardigan.

I pack a comfy outfit for my down time. I find that when traveling 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 invisible 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:

Pick only one fragrance
There is no need for ten lipsticks and eyeshadows, pick the most flattering palette and keep it concise.
If you have a dress that requires its own pair of shoes and bag and these accessories don’t go with anything else, reconsider taking this dress and accessories
Wear your jacket or coat on the plane. Not only they take a lot of room in the suitcase, but airplanes are usually cold.

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