Summer may be coming to a close, but there is still time to squeeze in a weekend away or a short trip abroad. And while some parts of the preparation process are fun and exciting, others are simply frustrating and stress-inducing. Well, packing is a thing that people are divided over: some love it while others wish they could just get over with it and remember to pack everything. Still, if you’re a fashionista, packing is a very special task: what to pack? How much space do you have? What is the weather like? There are so many things to think about, so to help you out, here are a few tips:
Don’t experiment too much
You have a style of your own. Things you love to wear, which you know fit your body well and which you feel good in. However, when going on a trip, a lot of people tend to think that the trip is that time when they will wear all the things that they have in their closet but never wear at home. Well, if you’re one of them, let us tell you – you won’t, so leave those clothes at home (or better yet, donate them) and bring the things you know you love.
Pack only what you can carry
A good rule of thumb when traveling is to bring along with you only as much as you can carry yourself. If you fill your suitcase and you can’t lift it – you’ve packed too much. Learning to make combinations out of a smaller number of pieces is not only a good way to reduce your luggage weight, but it’s also a good skill you should have both as a fashionista and as a functioning adult. No two pieces should be packed if they only go with each other – or if they don’t go with anything else at all!
Check your schedule
You need to pack not only for the place you’re going, but also for the things you’ll be doing there. If you’re planning on hitting the beach or a spa, then swimwear is a must-have, and if you’re going to go hiking, then you want to bring something that will get you over that terrain. Sometimes you don’t know your schedule in advance and you just plan it out as you go along, in which case you should pack some universal clothes that you can wear for any occasion. Keep in mind that if you’re going to a country with specific traditions and clothing styles, and you’re invited to a traditional event, it might be the best idea to buy the outfit for the occasion, when you get there, to stay authentic.
Leave some space
If you’re a fashionista, there isn’t a way in hell you’re not coming back home with a new addition to your wardrobe. You’ll find a shop that sells the most adorable handmade hats, a favorite store with a massive discount and you will want to bring back something to remind you of the trip. So, when you’re going there, make sure you leave some space in your luggage, so that you can bring the things back without having to leave something behind or pay for extra luggage.
Stuffing all of your things in the same space of the suitcase is a good way to ensure that you won’t be able to find anything, and that all of your stuff will end up mixed up and disorganized. Make sure you pick out all of your clothing first, and then put it in small packages, either in vacuum bags, or just normal plastic bags. After that, pack it in the reverse order so that when you arrive, you will have the things you need first at the top – whether that’s a swimsuit or your pajamas.
Make sure you start packing a few days in advance to have time to wash all of your clothes and pack them without a rush. If you see that your bag has some loose zippers or rips, make sure you replace it before you head out, because the worst thing that can happen while traveling is your bag malfunctioning. Most importantly, make sure you pack your passport and cash, as well as your phone and charger – because those #BeachLife selfies aren’t going to take themselves.