I have always wondered why someone would bring 10 pairs of shoes, 15 shirts and 10 dresses for a weekend’s getaway, then complain that their suitcase is too big. 😐 Really? How about look at the unnecessary things that you are bringing and the clothes that you won’t be wearing? I always, ALWAYS get asked “how come you pack so light but yet look so put together?” Ha, well the truth is, I am not always put together, and there’s nothing wrong with that. I always think that when someone is always put together, it means that some other parts of their life is a mess. 😯 Anyway, I am going to attempt to give some guidelines on how to packing light for a week long trip.
- Consider where you are going, the climate and how much lounging or walking you will be doing.
- Plan your outfits accordingly for each day you will be away including an outfit for traveling (plane ride, train ride, etc)
- Use your hotel’s shampoo, lotion, hairdryer, etc. (I know they are not as good as what you have but that will save some space in your suitcase.)
- OR if you really can’t stand the hotel’s amenities, then buy small containers to fill your shampoo, conditioner and lotion that will last you a week.
- Minimize your makeup bag by bringing trial sizes or travel sized makeup or buy empty containers at the container store to fill in your foundation, etc…
- Choose pieces that doesn’t need ironing.
- Choose 2 pairs of shoes to bring, 1 pair of sneakers for walking and one pair of comfortable shoes for dinners, etc. (e.g. – If you are going somewhere warm, then you can bring sneakers and pretty sandals, or if you are going somewhere cold, then comfortable riding boots. You may not even need sneakers. When I went to Paris during the winter time, all I wore was my Coach riding boots and I knew that’s what I was going to do so I didn’t bring anything else but the boots.)
Now for the packing, I’ve done this 2 ways: 1) put my clothes for each day in a travel space bag or 2) roll my clothes into little rolls that look like an egg roll. Personally, I prefer #1 because I can plan my clothes out for each day and just open the bag I wish to wear that day. Since you have the outfit packed for each day, you can either specifically plan what to wear each day by labeling the day on the bag or not label the bag and just wear which ever outfit you feel like wearing the day of. I don’t label because I don’t want to be THAT organized. LOL
- Always wear the heaviest clothes/shoes on the plane such as boots, sweaters, etc…
- Always put things in empty spaces such as stuffing sox in your sneakers before you put them in the suitcase
- With clothes in space bags, you can just stack them on top of each other and put the shoes on the edge/side of the suit case
- If you decide to roll your clothes into a little spring roll, then roll them and put them next to each other in the suitcase and bag your shoes and put on top after all the clothes are rolled. (This is because your shoes, hairdryer, etc… are not symmetrical therefore if you put them on top of the rolled clothes they will mesh into the clothes and you won’t have unused empty spaces. This is just the easier way to do things.)
- I know some people MUST bring a hair dryer, I don’t get it?! Why don’t you tie your hair in a pony tail or put it in a bun? That will make your life much easier. When traveling, you want to enjoy the place you are going to not get annoyed with giant luggage do you?
- REMEMBER: to pack your medications and keep your meds in your carry on that you put under your seat. Don’t put it in the suit case that you will check in or put over head bin. It could cause chaos and annoyance to other travelers. Let’s be courteous to other travelers too. 😎
- REMEMBER: NEVER pack your jewelry in your check in bag. I don’t even put my jewelry in the suit case that I carry on and put in the overhead bin. I put all my jewelry that I bring in my purse that I put under the seat. Also, leave all the expensive jewels at home. Seriously, if you lose it, it’s your fault. 😈
- REMEMBER: bring a small cross body purse or small backpack for when you go sight seeing, this way you don’t have to carry too much and whatever you purchase can be put in your purse or backpack. BEWARE of pick pockets! When I went to Paris, there were a lot of pick pockets. I brought a messenger cross body bag (a little too big, but lesson learned) where I only put my giant camera in it. Well, three young girls in the early 20’s came up behind me and tried to stick their hand in my bag to take whatever is in it. Jokes on them though, 1) I am a New Yorker who is very aware of my surroundings so I immediately turned around to see them almost put their hand in my bag 2) I was wearing a very cute/cool fanny pack where my passport and money are and the fanny pack was in front of me not back of me. So always be aware of your surroundings when you travel, think ahead and be prepared.
If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section and I will be more than happy to answer! I hope you enjoyed these tips!!
The Style Gourmande