Packing is no small feat in my house. It is an event that I plan for and have to calendar, because yes, it can take that much time and effort. As I said, years of travel have brought me to this place, where I know what I must do to have the best possible (outfit) experience once I hit my destination.
As I was packing for a trip earlier this month, I decided to list out what I do:
Step 1. Make a list of the dates I am away and the major activities on those dates
Step 2. Begin soundtrack (for this trip it was Body Talk by Robyn)
Step 3. Assess the closet and pull out all possible options— taking into account weather, activities, travel companions and current fashion trends at my destination
Helpful Hint: Find a fashion blogger who lives where you are going! (mystylepill.com & citybrewed.com were my top pics for this trip)
|My Style Pill Blog|
Step 4. Try on potential outfits for each day (usually a.m. and p.m. outfits) and eliminate the clothes that don't factor in
Step 5. Take a final pass at these outfits and see if I can eliminate anything, my goal being to bring pieces that can be used in 2-3 outfits.
Helpful Hint: Pack one bonus casual outfit and one bonus evening outfit— this can help in case of clothing emergencies or if a friend has under-packed!
Step 6. Select handbags and accessories for each outfit
Step 7. Choose 2 or 3 pieces of outerwear that will work with all outfits
Step 8. As a final step I take a photo of all items I am packing. If you've ever lost your luggage, you will understand why I do this!
Bonus Step: Depending on the man in your life, you may need to repeat steps 1 through 8
This packing session was a success and my trip went off wardrobe disaster free! Look out for my next post on how I handled a visit to one of the best shopping cities on the globe...
Unbuyer's Tip #11: Always look on the bright side! This was the first vacation where I have been able to pack my bags FULL because I didn't need to save room for purchases!