It’s been a few days since our trip to New York City and we’re back to regularly scheduled programming. I will admit that the 90+ degree Los Angeles weather has been a summery welcome back. This weekend I’m planning on breaking out my sandals and sun dresses and enjoying iced coffees back-to-back.
Every few months I end up packing up my bags and boarding a flight, whether it’s back to Seattle to see family and friends, or to someplace I’ve never seen before (DC next, I’m hoping!). I thought I’d share some of my favorite packing tips, since at this point, it seems that I have it down to a science.
- Choose the right luggage. I’ve had really good luck with eBags, which produces high-quality, amazingly functional luggage. They seem to think of everything. I prefer this type of bag, which has the ability to expand because one side of it is soft fabric.
- Consider packing cubes. At first, the idea of compartmentalizing luggage seemed a little bit excessive to me, but after using these on a month-long study abroad trip that spanned all types of weather and clothing, I can’t sing their praises enough. They’re truly life savers, and make staying organized (and keeping wrinkles minimized) a breeze.
- Pack in a color scheme. When I’m packing for less than a week, I often choose clothes that all match each other. I never plan out individual outfits (because it never works out anyway) but I like to choose shirts, jackets, pants and accessories that are all in the same color family. That way, I can layer pieces and create new outfits without worrying about how they will match. For example, in New York City, I chose mostly pale blue, white, army green and fuscia pieces.
- Pack your favorites. I feel like one of my most common mistakes is packing clothes that I know aren’t quite right. That statement blouse that I never wear at home, because it has that weird seam on the left side that’s a little off. Or the shoes that are so cute but hurt after a few hours. When I went to Europe, I brought a dress that I knew was a little bit too low-cut, and sure enough, I didn’t wear it once. Bring your favorites, because that’s what you’ll wear and there’s no space for anything else. :)
- Purchase a luggage scale. To avoid exorbitant overweight luggage fees, I have this scale stashed in the front of my luggage. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve caught myself at 51 lbs. I’ve always found that toiletries are my weak point. :)