It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything packing related, and these posts remain to be my most popular, so I thought I’d get back to my roots! One thing I’ve learned during my travels, whether it be a month-long Europe trip or a long weekend getaway is how important it is to travel light. Not only is does it convenient and cost-effective, it’s just way more practical and less stressful. Anyhow, I suppose if you’re reading this, you’re already on board with my logic so I’ll get right to my tips for traveling light.
Open that weather app
This seems silly but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say “I thought it was going to be cold, so I wore the same dress all week.” Check the forecast and check it again the day before you leave for your trip.
The first thing I do before I even get my suitcase out is pull items from my closet that I think I want to bring and lay them on my bed. From there, I think about everything I have planned for the trip. Do you have a nice dinner planned? Instead of throwing in options, figure out what you’re going to wear. Pick pieces that are tried and true — wardrobe staples you know you look good and feel comfortable in.
Make more outfits with less
This is definitely the most important tip of all and something I talk about in all of my packing posts. Especially if you’re going on a longer trip, you’re going to re-wear piece. It’s inevitable. But that doesn’t mean you need to wear the same exact outfit. I recently partnered with an incredible Canadian based company called Encircled, that’s all about creating more outfits with less. All of the clothing is ethically-made and versatile in design so every piece can be worn multiple ways.
For example, the Retrograde Kimono can be worn forwards, backwards, as a dress or as a layering piece. In the first photo below, I’m wearing it open with a silk tank, my favorite vintage-inspired jeans, and my go-to black booties. In the second, I’m wearing the same piece reversed and zipped as a dress. Oh, and accessories are your best friend! Here I threw on some layered necklaces, a pop of lip color, and tossed my hair into a braid. To completely change the look, I could wear my hair down with a light scarf. Bada-bing, bada-boom — new outfit!
Another easy item to dress up or down is a simple tee shirt like this Nomadic V Neck, which is ethically made and won’t fall apart in a foreign washing machine like your $8 tee might.
My other favorite piece from Encircled is the Dressy Sweatpant. Of course, they can be worn with a sweater, denim shirt, tee shirt, you name it — but you can dress them up effortlessly. Below, I paired them with the same silk tank I wore with the Retrograde Kimono above, and added a leather jacket (this one was a steal for only $50!) and heels. Perfect for a night out or even a semi-casual business meeting. Click here for more inspiration on how to style these (I think you’ll be surprised by how versatile they are).
Packing cubes, packing cubes, packing cubes
If you’re heading on a longer trip and really want to bring as much as possible without checking a bag, these are your best friend — I swear by them. There are a bunch of different size options and functional designs (I’ve linked them all below). They really help to organize and compress everything in your suitcase. Check out how I packed everything for a month long Europe trip in a carry on using packing cubes here.
Be mindful of your beauty bag
Break out the three ounce bottles, and only bring the essentials when it comes to makeup. When it comes to skin care, I pack a lot but I do it in a really small amount of space. It’s all about being strategic — for example I use little sample jars (like the kind you can get for free from sephora) for things I don’t need a lot of like eye cream, heavier night moisturizer, etc. For a more in-depth explanation, check out my toiletry packing guide here.
Got another ‘need to know’ packing tip? Leave a comment below! Shoutout to encircled for sponsoring this post.
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