I think one things everyone can agree on is that packing and unpacking (especially unpacking) are on the high end of torturous tasks when it comes to first world problems. I used to seriously lack packing skills- I’d overpack on weekend trips and under-pack on two week vacations abroad; always forgetting something. Over the years, I will admit I’ve gotten way better at it (my dad even applauded my packing skills on our trip to Italy- not an easy feat). After years of learning from packing fails, I think I am finally able to say I am now a semi-pro and my years of forgetting underwear is behind me (no pun intended).
I keep a list for myself of things I NEED when going anywhere overnight and this eliminates serious inconveniences… my glasses, extra pair of contacts, contact solution and case, any medication/prescriptions, make-up bag, make-up remover, phone charger, headphones, comfy zip-up or sweater, lightweight scarf (doubles as a blanket), undergarments, plain tanks or t-shirts, plain bandeau, comfy pair of jeans, and plain yoga pants.
Some packing tips:
-Plan outfits out beforehand- don’t just pack a bunch of random tops, bottoms, shoes, and accessories. You can have tons of stuff with you but it won’t matter if none of them go well together.
-Pack more bras, socks, and underwear then you think you’ll need. Pack a nude regular bra, strapless bra and bandeau and a black regular bra, strapless bra, and bandeau. It’s hard to plan exactly what each outfit/top needs under it so being prepared with options is always good. Plus, those things don’t take up a lot of room.
-You’ll never wear all of the shoes you bring- eliminate 1/3 of them. Bring your comfiest pair of heels, comfiest flip flips or boots, and a pair of Toms or Converse and sneakers if you plan to exercise.
-Hats and headbands- for bad hair days, hot days, beach days.
-Oversized T-shirt and sweats is always good to come back to after a long day.
-I always bring a plain black button up sweater and a jean button up- no matter where I’m going or what season it is. Restaurants get cold and one of those things are bound to match with any outfit.
-Lightweight scarfs are a travel essential in my opinion. They can dress up an outfit, add some color to a look, keep you warm, and double as a blanket to either wrap yourself in or sit on at the beach. Five functions in one.
-Bring a mini steamer…. so worth it. In minutes you can get all of the wrinkles out of all your packed clothes.
-Roll your clothes when you pack. Clothes don’t take up as much space that way.
-Pack neutral things that go with everything. Black tank, white tank, black t-shirt, white t-shirt, plain black skirt, jean shorts, jeans, black sweater, jean button up… Although boring, you have like 10 different outfits right there.
-Get an eye mask. I’ve found they really help me sleep while traveling, especially on planes. On vacation, there are mornings that I want to sleep in, so I wear an eye mask if I want to avoid being woken up by the sunlight.
-Neck pillows are the only way I can sleep on a plane or in the car, so I’d call that a travel essential. The ones that blow up are great because they don’t take up much space when you aren’t using them.