Packing for a weekend trip isn’t easy.
You may only be going away for a few days, but most of us girls like to play the “what if” game while packing.
“What if it rains?” “What if it’s super hot?” “What if I happen to run into Ryan Gosling and we really hit it off and he wants to reenact the boat scene from the Notebook?”
So what? It’s true. We fashion conscious travelers have trouble being practical.
Still, traveling as much as I have (not to mention on a pretty tight budget) has forced taught me to do just that- pack practically.
It’s not easy, but it is possible. Downsizing has become my best friend. Sometimes you just simply don’t have the space or the budget to bring more. All it takes is getting a little creative.
Here are some of my tips.
6 Tips for Practical Packing:
1. Think about where you’re going and why.
If you’re going to Paris for a long weekend of touring, do you really need to bring along those running shoes? It may seem like a good idea at the time, but if you don’t run religiously, it may be a better idea to leave them behind. If you’re not 100% positive that you’ll need something, give it a second (if you’re like me, a third) thought.
2. Check the Weather.
Check the weather as close to when you’re traveling as possible. In my experience the weather forecast always changes and it’s better to be prepared. It’s never good to wake up on a rainy day in Italy and realize that all you have to wear is your new suede shoes. (Don’t find out the hard way.)
3. Be realistic.
It’s important to pack appropriately. What type of activities will you be doing? If you’re planning on taking a two-hour walking tour, chances are those new, heeled booties you’re dying to wear aren’t the best choice. Trust me, I know it’s hard. But take them out of the suitcase and don’t look back.
4. Choose a color scheme.
If you’re only going away for a short time, think about packing in a similar color scheme. This way you can mix and match and most of your pieces will go together. For me, being a native New Yorker, my color scheme usually includes a lot of black. Black is an easy choice that goes with everything. Recently, I’ve been trying to spruce up my packing by mixing in some brighter colors for a little contrast.
5. Bring staples that go with everything.
I usually bring one handbag and one pair of comfortable shoes that work with all of my outfits. I find that bags and shoes take up the most room when packing. So, I wear my one pair of comfortable shoes (the ones that I will be touring and exploring in) and carry the one handbag with me. This way these pieces won’t take up valuable space for other things in your suitcase. (For example, if you think you’ll need a pair of fancier shoes for a night out.)
6. Plan ahead.
I know planning your outfits ahead seems like an added chore or waste of time, but it’s worth it. Every minute spent pre-planning outfits is a minute less you’ll have to think while you’re away. Planning ahead also eliminates bringing items you don’t need or won’t wear. Then you’ll even have some extra room in your suitcase to bring home those inevitable acquired treasures. =]
Hope these help!
Does anyone have other packing tricks they’d like to share?
Linkin’ up with Bonnie for Travel Tuesday today!