Packing is something we all dread. Unfortunately, you can’t bring your entire closet with you, so it’s important to be strategic in what you pack. The ultimate goal is to travel light and right. Determine the minimum you truly need and find the smallest, best designed bag to hold it. Here are a few tips to help you pack like a pro.
Do your Homework: Ask yourself, what’s the length of the trip, what are your plans and what will the weather be like. From this, make a list of must haves to resist the temptation to add non essentials. If you think you "might need it," you probably won't.
Choose a uniform color scheme: Choosing a neutral color scheme will allow for more opportunities to mix and match the pieces you have packed to maximize combinations. Use accessories and accent pieces for an added pop of color and to change the look of your outfits.
Downsize toiletries. Pick up travel-size versions of your toiletries to free up space in your suitcase. Stop by your local beauty counter for sample sizes of your foundation, moisturizer, etc. and check out 3floz.com for all your favorite products in TSA approved containers.
Roll your clothing: Try rolling your clothing as opposed to folding to minimize air pockets, allowing you to fit more in your suitcase. Another bonus, it helps reduce wrinkling.
Choose pieces that can multitask: Get the most out of what you pack by choosing pieces with multiple functions. For example, a printed scarf can serve as a sarong skirt, blouse or great accessory while adding protection from the sun or cold.
Change the attitude…not the entire ensemble: You can change the attitude of an outfit with your hair, jewelry, outerwear and other fun accessories. With a few small tweaks you can go from day to evening without changing your entire outfit.
It’s all about Layering: Avoid bulky items by packing in light weight layers. You can pile them on in cooler climates of take them off in warmer climates.
Shoes: Avoid packing your entire shoe collection as they often take up the most space. Keep in mind your planned activites and have a couple appropriate pairs. Wear your bulkiest pair while traveling and stuff socks and underwear in them if possible!