Have you ever started packing for a trip with no idea where to start? Well, that used to be me! I definitely was a major over-packer. Going to college across the country & being in a long distance relationship taught me how to narrow my packing down to a science. Since I depart for New York to visit my boyfriend Matt for 3 weeks today, I decided to share them with you!
How to: Pack for a Long Trip in 1 Suitcase
If you're like I used to be, packing is a nightmare. My 5 tips and tricks are sure to help you become an expert packer in no time!
Tip #1: Where you're traveling matters! I'm traveling to New York in December, meaning the weather is going to be cold. This helps narrow down (at least some) of my clothing options. Make sure to look up the 10 day weather forecast to get an idea of what type of clothes you'll need
Tip #2: Staple pieces are key! No matter where you're destination is, staple pieces ensure you have multiple outfits. By staples I mean pieces like jeans (bring 2-3), a leather jacket, a blazer, black mini skirt (with tights if your going to cold weather), etc. These are pieces that you will be able to mix and match to put together various outfits for both day and night looks.
Tip #3: Plan your airport outfit! This is super important, especially when traveling to cold weather. Pieces like riding boots take up a lot of room in your suitcase and can weigh it down. Wearing those pieces to the airport not only frees up space in your suitcase, it also keeps you looking stylish at the airport. Try not to wear sweats because you never know who you'll see or meet while traveling!
Tip #4: Less is more! Think you need that extra pair of shoes because they're cute? Think you need that extra skirt just in case you go out randomly during the week? You don't! This is where a majority of over packing happens (I'm definitely guilty of this). The "what if" game, as I call it, is your worst enemy while packing. If you are not 100% sure you will need it and/or wear it, don't pack it. Chances are you won't and it'll take up unnecessary room in your bag.
Tip #5: Your carry-on could make or break you! Those travel horror stories you hear about has actually happened to me. I've been stuck in an airport waiting for my connecting flight that got cancelled and my checked bag was no where to be found. I had nothing but my laptop and purse with me. Ever since then, I've made sure my carry-on suitcase has a back up outfit inside it & a travel pillow in case of emergency. Also, I never pack my jewelry in my checked bag; it always comes with me in my carry-on suitcase or purse just to be on the safe side (travel jewelry cases help).
I hope my 5 tips and tricks help you survive packing for your next trip!
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