I often am called on by clients to assist them with packing for longer trips and my tips prove to be valuable! Besides staying within the required weight for suitcases, which saves on cost, they are easier to handle. Traveling during the holiday season can be hectic. Let’s start with the nightmare of packing a suitcase when you already have a full calendar. Would you believe me if I told you I can make it easy for you and I will help you save money and time and give you peace of mind? Below are 4 tips for simplifying your vacation packing.
I just returned from a month in Italy and yes, I took more than a carryon, because part of the trip included a cruise and I needed some dresses for dinner, however, my suitcases were all under the required weight and… I wore EVERY item in them. In fact, I wore most items many times! Here’s how I did it.
1. Function First
Most people at the end of a trip realize they only needed half of what they packed. I want you to be that person that uses nearly everything you brought because you spent quality time thinking it through. Let’s begin.
Ask yourself how many settings do you need outfits for? If you’re in warm weather, you might want street wear for shopping the outdoor markets, something fancier for dinner in a nice restaurant and of course, attire for the beach or poolside. If you’re in cold weather, you may be hitting the slopes for some winter sports activities, visiting friends or family, taking in museums or historical sites.
Picture yourself in those places. Now go to your closet start building your travel wardrobe with only these functions in mind. Lay out some choices on your bed. See if some pieces could work in more than one setting. My rule is: an item can be worn 3 times. If something works in only one way, start substituting other items for it. The idea is to have pieces that can work in multiple settings. These wardrobe puzzle pieces will start fitting together. Taking the time to do this exercise could even make traveling with just a carryon possible. If you spend no time thinking it through, you’re definitely not going to be doing carryon!
2. Variety Matters
I’m not encouraging a dull, limited travel wardrobe. Not at all. There is a way to get variety without the extra baggage. Variety is easy to manage when you pack things that are either small or can be rolled up. Some easy pieces to add for variety are print scarves (crinkle ones are a great choice), costume jewelry (leave the expensive stuff at home for peace of mind), and tops or blouses.
Curb your enthusiasm for shoes and keep choices to a minimum. I suggest trying to keep it to three pairs of shoes. Chances are you’ll need a great walking shoe, a going out shoe and a casual shoe. If it’s comfy enough, sometimes your casual shoe can double as your walking shoe but know the comfort of your shoe before relying on it to play both roles. A way to really hone in on your shoe limit is to work backwards and build your outfits around the shoes you’ve decided to bring.
3. Colour Cooperation
Many people find it easy to travel light by focusing on one core colour. (My core colour for my Italy trip was navy.) This can be done well if your accessories add variety or there’s textural variety in the clothing pieces. Whatever your choice background colour, you can bring tops that mix that core colour and other colours together. Think stripes, florals, plaid, or checks.
Choose from what’s flattering on you and what’s most available in separates. Include solids and prints. You might choose a duet of colours like burgundy and navy blue, khaki and coral, or magenta and gray. Add a denim piece or two (jeans or a jean jacket) and you’ve really rounded out your travel wardrobe.
4. Added Value
What are those essentials that you don’t want to leave behind? Make sure you leave room for them in your carryon. They could include your cozy slippers, your music speaker, your journal, or your favorite moisturizer in a three-ounce container. Is there an item or items that give you instant comfort? Mine is my pashmina. I always have one in my carryon.
Assistance Needed? I’m here to help. I’ve had lots of experience helping clients plan their wardrobes for all sorts of trips. This is one of the hardest things to do on your own so don’t hesitate in asking for my assistance. I’ll help you with those wardrobe puzzle pieces. You’ll start out your trip with peace of mind and the assurance that you have everything you need.
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Until next time,