(digi painted journaler by katie pertiet)
Here’s the big mistake: waiting until it’s TIME to pack to think about, or otherwise plan what you’re wearing and bringing on a trip. The key is to evaluate your clothing options the moment you know a trip is happening. By keeping your travel plans in the back of your mind when you’re out and about, you may also find much needed pieces for your trip as well.
Why is this important?
Well, think about all the millions of things that magically pop up when you’re about to go someplace. From laundry to cleaning to things that just have to be taken care of… if what you’re bringing and wearing has been taken care of, travel is that much easier.
Also? If you’re going someplace special, or there are events that perhaps you don’t have adequate wardrobe for, wouldn’t it be better to find something awesome that you love to wear? I will never ever forget the wedding I went to where I ended up wearing the “least bad” outfit I found to buy. FASHION DISASTER!!! All because I waited until the days before I left, vs planning ahead and shopping when I had time and energy to give to the chore.
(pictured above: adorable dress I knew would be perfect for my trip to South Carolina, purchased more than a month before I go)
Another key to the art of packing? Packing enough stuff to get you through, but not so much that you’re wallowing in too many choices. I chose the jacket and pairs of shoes I wanted to take, and then filled outfits in from there. This prevents me from needing a different pair of shoes for every outfit. When traveling without the kids, I estimate I can get 2 wears out of a pair of pants, and I pack one spare outfit – no more. (with kids? I pack more. they tend to get me dirty!)
I actually lay out each outfit (head to toe) and pick any accessories before packing it away. Then I know it’s complete and I’m all set. Oh, and I pack a week or so in advance with the exception of last minute items such as toiletries that I can’t pack in advance. Why pack so far in advance? Two reasons:
1. It’s done. One less thing to stress over.
2. I know what I’m missing and/or I can just add in the last minute stuff I remember as needed.
Thanks to my methods, I’m packed (well except nylons + a slip that I need for 2 of my dresses and must go buy) and ready for my trip to South Carolina next week. In fact – yesterday when I went to pack it only took me a few minutes because I already had plenty of suitable outfits for the trip (purchased and/or figured out LONG before I ever got sick). Not just that – but I’ll be traveling with just a carry-on suitcase.
Now when it comes for what I bring on an airplane… it’s not so streamlined. I insist on enough novels to last me 2x the length of flight/travel + enough food & drink for that amount of time too. I do NOT want to be trapped in an airplane for extended time and be hungry, thirsty, or bored.