One of the questions I get asked the most is how I pack. Why do I get this question so often? Because I don’t check bags and always manage to get everything into a single carry-on that I can, actually, carry.
So today I’ll be breaking down some of my top tricks for minimizing and getting everything that you need into one bag.
[1.] Choose Versatile Pieces
Nothing in your bag should have a single purpose. For a Spring Break-type of trip think – A simple black maxi dress that can be thrown over a bathing suit around the pool or worn with a cropped jacket & wedges for dinner.
I usually focus on solid colors that can be mixed and matched with ease so for this trip, in addition to workout/hiking gear, I’ll be packing cropped pants, tunics, soft t-shirts, a skater skirt and a simple maxi & skater dress.
[2.] Minimize Footwear
Whether you’re planning a warm weather vacation or a work trip, choose shoes that can go with various pieces in your bag and don’t double up on types – i.e. You don’t need three different pairs of heels for a weekend away. I promise!
[3.] Learn To Accessorize
The quickest & easiest way to spice up a look is with accessories. Belts, jewelry, hats, sunglasses, and scarves can change your outfit so completely that it looks like different pieces!
This chic little blue Asos dress can go from barefoot on the beach over a retro one-piece swimsuit with my favorite striped Kate Spade tote to dinner out on the town with a cropped jacket, ballet flats & an envelope clutch.
[4.] Plan Ahead
If you plan looks in advance you can pack the absolute minimum. When you start blindly throwing things into you bag, you lose track of what you’re packing and end up with a suitcase filled with things you don’t need. I’m not saying you need to plan out each day, but have an idea of what’ you’re preparing for.
For this upcoming trip – Heavy on exploring and staying active – My styles will be broken down into three categories:
- Hiking/Active time
- Water Activities
[5.] Stay Organized
Ziploc bags and zippered pouches are a traveler’s best friend so stock up. Not only should you separate liquids to avoid spills, but you can bag your shoes and dirty clothes to keep the rest of your luggage clean, and even keep jewelry from getting tangled.
I always keep an eye out for cute little pouches and pull them all out when I start packing.
What’s YOUR top packing tip?