I realized I had a little bit of a problem after going to L.A. with my friend for a 3 day trip, and having a suitcase that weighed 55 pounds. How did I let myself get to this horrible place of packing endless amounts of things? I like to have a variety of items with me, because I never know what type of mood I will be in. In the past I have thrown some fits with the clothes I have brought with me because, I hated how they looked on me. Since then, I have come to the conclusion that bringing my whole wardrobe with me is the best idea! Just kidding, it really isn’t smart. I am such a fabulous packer when it comes to other people’s things, but with mine, it is a whole other story! I came up with a few helpful tips on how to be a smart packer because I am heading to New Jersey on Thursday and know that I could use the help, and if I could, I am sure many of you could as well.
1. Make A List
I am a firm believer in list making. It always helps to see in writing all the items you are thinking of bringing. Make a list of all the toiletries you will need to bring along, as well as all the essential clothing items you will need for the appropriate weather. (You don’t need to bring any tank tops to a place that is snowing.)
2. Lay Everything Out
Once you have finished making your list of items, lay all of it out. You may have thought that in writing it didn’t seem like you were taking that much, but seeing everything all sprawled out across your room may have you thinking otherwise.
3. Leave The Maybes Behind
Don’t pretend that you aren’t guilty of packing items that you know you won’t wear, but bring them anyways just in case. In this situation, we mostly never wear these garments. Why put the extra weight in your luggage when you are absolutely certain you will not wear them? If you won’t even wear them at home, what makes you think you will on your trip?
4. Simple Is Best
Try to keep your packing simple. You don’t need 5 pairs of shoes for a 3 day trip. You don’t need 3 of the same shirts in different colors. Don’t bring more pairs of pants than you are actually on your trip for. You can re-wear pants after they have been worn before you have to wash them.
5. Save Some Space
Lastly, what I think is the most important tip is to save some room in your luggage. Whenever I go on a trip, I know that there will be some sort of shopping extravaganza and almost on every occasion I will purchase something. I don’t want to have to try to stuff my new garments into my bag, I want there to be room already. I am sure any of you crazy fashionistas feel the same way. Hey, if you aren’t used to packing light, you can always go shopping and get other things if you don’t have enough with you! See, I always try to look on the bright side of things!
I hope these 5 tips help at least a little to all of you pack rats! Next time you plan on going a trip, use this cheat sheet, and you will be surprised at how well you packed, and how light your suit case is! Happy traveling!
Inspiration of the day: “Fashion is the science of appearances, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.”- Edwin Hubble