I’m getting ready to head out of town today and thought it would be fun to share my packing protocol with you guys. So, packing isn’t torture for me at all anymore, but it used to cause me big time brain chaos. For one thing, I’m not an outfit “planner”. What if I’m in a different mood when I’m getting dressed than I was when I planned? I don’t usually know what I’m wearing until 5-10 minutes before I walk out the door and I like it that way. So having to decide what I’m wearing for days and days in advance and can’t change my mind because I only have those options with me seems like…whoa…a lot.
After a long time of feeling like packing was a super daunting task, I started to do things that made it easier for myself. I have a unique living situation because I sleep at my house, my boyfriends house, or my favorite place on earth all in rotation at any given time. I might have a stretch of days in one place one week or I might have a week where I start at my house, spend a few days at boyfriends, and spend the weekend at my favorite place. To be struggling with packing on a daily and weekly basis just got unrealistic and annoying. So now I’ll share a few things I’ve learned that work really well for me and might help you out too…
MAKEUP: I bought a duplicate of everything so I’d have a second set. I keep it in a large Ziploc and it’s always ready to go when I need to put it in a bag. Wait? Isn’t that kinda expensive to buy two of EVERYTHING when you use department store makeup? Think of it this way, you will buy everything in your makeup routine again two, three, four times because you use that stuff. I consider my second set my replenishments that I just happen to buy before I run out so I have backups. I take that set when I travel and use my main set when I’m home. TOILETRIES: For face wash, toner, and eye makeup remover I use refillable travel bottles that I always keep in a smaller Ziploc bag ready to go the same as I do with my makeup. For hair products, I use Aveda and luckily they make minis. There’s TONS of brands, like Bumble & Bumble and Pureology, that make minis of everything in their line which is so helpful. For fragrance, I take the 1.7oz Jo Malones – best scents ever. CLOTHES: Packing clothes isn’t so bad once you’ve got a formula down. I always think of “bases”. These are the foundation pieces that can be worn multiple times and built upon. Everyone has different base pieces, but mine are black skinnies, white skinnies, denim cutoffs, a white and black tank, a great fitting black tee, a cozy button down flannel shirt, a casual little black dress, a dressy little black dress, a leather jacket, and a belt. These items ALWAYS come with me. Then, I think about the trip circumstances and pick 4-5 more items that aren’t as versatile but I’ll want to wear (like that hot pink mini dress, leather skirt (can be worn with the simple white tank), sexy one shoulder top (can be worn with the black skinnies), and boho tube top (can be worn with the denim cutoffs). If it’s a summer trip, a couple bikinis and a maxi dress or cover up are always thrown in. I also always pack a nude strapless bra with a strap option and a black bra.
SHOES: Shoes are a space bitch. They take a up a lot of room but you need them ALLL!!!! I usually pick 3-4 styles I need (running shoes, casual ankle boots with a heel, sexy dress sandals, flats – slip ons, sandals, or slides) and choose one pair from each of those styles. So, I don’t take 2 pairs of ankle boots, 3 dress sandals, and slip ons, sandals, AND slides. That’s just a waste of space. I pick one from each category that I know I will be happy rewearing a few times and this saves a ton of room. This usually means my Nike running shoes, Rag & Bone boots, YSL strappy sandals (similar here), and slip ons.
BAGS: For shorter stays (4 days or less), I try to take a carry on only. Last year I was gifted my Louis Vuitton rolling bag and it’s my all time favorite bag because it’s the perfect size and has great pockets in the front for my laptop, magazines, wallet, and travel papers. It also has just the right amount of space inside to fit everything I need on a shorter trip without having to cram stuff in. Any good rolling bag that is simple and spacious is a great investment. I also always take a big tote style bag with an open top that I can throw a lot in for my flight and easily access like this Celine Phantom. I only bring this one tote bag on trips as far as handbags go because packing large multiple handbags is a ridiculous amount of space. Plus, who wants their bag getting smashed in a suitcase? The thought of that makes my heart hurt. I do, however, pack clutch bags because they’re small, pack very easily, and can cover me for the different trip occasions. I leave the larger bag in my hotel room and pull out the things I need (lip gloss, money, phone, gum) for my clutch bag. I also like the feeling of having just a small bag on me when I’m away. JEWELRY: I don’t bring it. I pick one or two things I want to wear and actually wear them on me while I travel (a bracelet and pair of earrings or a necklace that never comes off). I’ve lost too many things and accidentally left pieces in hotels which is not a good feeling. I’ve learned my lesson – leave it at home.
I hope some of these tips help you out the next time you’re packing. And I wanna know what your tips are!!