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There are 2 things I really, really hate: flying and the baggage claim. I know I can't avoid flying, but I can pack smart and pack small. So let's talk about packing for a trip - in a carry on, on a budget.
My advice always seems to start with "assess what you already have." Really though, I promise it's helpful. Based on where you're traveling, check out your supplies and really see what you can work with before heading to the store to purchase anything.
- How many days are you going for? What type of trip is it? Most likely you'll need an outfit for day and an outfit for night - so for a 4 day trip, about 8 looks. Don't forget your pj's, socks, and undies! (blushes)
- Now is where you get creative. Plan each outfit with a piece from another outfit. Dark wash jeans for day 1 and night 2. Moto jacket for day 3 and night 1. See what I'm doing here? Another good tip is to stick in a similar color family. That way you won't feel trapped with a look if you change your mind mid trip. You'll be able to mix and match.
- Footwear can be tricky. My suggestion is to wear your biggest shoes (aka boots) on the plane to save space. Now select 1 pair of neutral shoes for night looks, such as a gold sling-back pump. Do the same for your day looks - a great pair of flats plus the boots you're wearing and you're set.
- Don't just clump your jewelry together and toss it in your suitcase. Pick out accessories for each outfit and only pack those. Same goes for belts, head bands, scarves, etc. Also pack one versatile evening bag and use the bag you're bringing on the plane for daytime.
- Where are you staying? Do they provide a blow drier for you? If so, don't pack one. Staying with a friend? Ask to use their shampoo/conditioner and skip the extra liquids. Also, don't get crazy with your hair. Stick with your normal do to avoid over packing hot tools and products.
- I highly recommend you purchase a carry-on's best friend - SPACE BAGS! Not the weird kind you have to vacuum, but the type that you simply pack and roll out the extra air. You'll fit so much more clothing this way, without an overstuffed and messy bag. (you need room for souvenirs!)
- Now comes the fun part of putting everything into your suitcase! I suggest making an Excel checklist (nerd alert) of everything you plan on bringing. As you put it in the suitcase, check it off the list.
Here's to light luggage and safe travels!
outfit: Dress: Richard Chai for Target, Fur Vest: made by my mom!, Necklace: Simply Vera Vera Wang for Kohls, Shoes: Colin Stuart for Victoria's Secret, Sunglasses: Vintage Ray Ban, Purse: vintage