Friday, November 21, 2014

The Ultimate Guide to Packing

Today's topic, though not totally fashion related is about packing. Why? Because when I moved 5 years ago - I started traveling, and after being in a long distance relationship for 2 years, I feel it is safe to say I have done a lot of traveling, and because I often have to travel by plane, bus, train, car, and anything else that will work. I've mastered the art of packing - kind of.

The very first thing you should do it make a list of everything you want to bring. Now, narrow that list down to things that you will rationally (maybe) wear. Once you have that, it's time to get your bag and your clothes ready to go! The key to keeping a light suitcase is to be careful when you pack (shocker, I know). Some of the best things you can pack are thin products. Tank tops, shirts that go over other shirts, accessories (even the not so thin ones), and so on, preferably ones that are versatile and will work with other outfits. Be sure to include several thicker pieces (at least one sweater) and 2-3 items that will bring an outfit to life.
Next comes the shoes: Now, this is always where I have a hard time. The best thing you can do is wear your biggest/bulkiest pair of shoes on the plane/bus/train with you to save space. Next, pack your favorite heels and pair of running shoes. The smallest way to pack as many shoes as you can is to pick flats or low heel shoes that do not need to be bent, but if you are going with a pair of knee or thigh highs try laying them down before you pack anything else.
If you can manage not to pack your toiletries, then go for it! The more space you can clear up the better (and lighter your bag will be), but if you are going to pack them be sure to take only what you need, and if you can manage it, be sure to pack any liquids with plastic wrap around the bottle lid in case it pops open. And, just to be safe, I try to pack anything that can make a mess into a plastic bag.
Packing Hacks:
  • Need a little toothpaste? Fill up an empty eye drop container with some toothpaste and you will be set for 5-7 days.
  • Put cotton balls/pads in any makeup that can be broken during your travels.
  • Use a daily pill container to keep your jewelry from getting tangled. Also toss a few Advil/other meds that you may need if you don't want to pack the entire container.
  • Use an old sun glasses case to keep your cords from getting tangled.

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