Written by: Sol
As you should know by now, we’re hitting the road to Atlanta tomorrow for the TCF Style Expo this weekend and even though I am super excited about connecting with all of our boo’s and bae’s, there’s one thing that I am NOT so excited about: packing.
Nothing’s more stressful than perusing mounds of clothes and shoes to assemble the “perfect” looks, only to be tired and frustrated, to the point that you don’t want to see another piece of clothing again! Now, before you give up and throw in the towel (Or worse, give up altogether and just throw ANYTHING in the bag), here are my 4 packing tips that are guaranteed to minimize stress and make the packing experience not-so overwhelming!
So the first tip is pretty common, but not really. If your life is anything like mine, time tends to get away from you more than not, so we’re more likely to begin packing the night before our trip or, even worse, the morning of! What happens then? We’re running through the house, pulling clothes, throwing stuff in the bag, stalking the clock and calculating how much time we have and before you know it, we’re sweating, stressed and over it! Want to combat that? Start early.
I hate feeling stressed while packing so I’ve begun training my mind to start early. When I traveled to New York in June, I packed over the course of 4 days. I broke down each component of my packing list (we’ll get to that in a second) and took my time. Not only is doing this calming, but it also decreases the chances of you leaving anything out. You remember that feeling when you got all the way to your trip destination and realized you left your toothbrush at home? Yeah, that part.
2. Figure Out Your Schedule
Another way to eliminate stress while packing is to have a clear idea of what you’re going to be doing while on your trip.
Before every trip, I determine a schedule of events that I’ll be participating in. This helps me visualize my looks at these events and determine what I want to wear. If you’re like me, I like to have 2-3 looks per event for “options”, but the looks have to make sense. If I’m going to the beach for the weekend, I already know I’m loading up on maxi dresses and flowy clothes, but if I’m going to a style conference I know I have to put a little more effort in my looks.
It always helps to know what’s happening and what you’re going to be doing so you don’t have to worry about being under or over dressed for the occasion. Ever showed up at a formal dinner in a casual outfit? No, just me? Oh okay.
3. Create a Travel/Packing List
This is actually one of my favorite tips….
I’m a visual, so I LIVE by a list, girl, okay?! Lists help me keep my life all together! That’s why I HAVE to have a travel/packing list when preparing for a trip! Once I’ve figured out my schedule and visualized my looks, I write it out so I can see what it looks like in my mind. I know that makes no sense, but trust me, it does…
Packing lists are a great way to get a snapshot of the looks each day of the trip and help me to map things out first before touching one garment. I research the weather conditions and divide the outfits by each day. Then as I pack the item, I cross it off the list.
This was my NYC packing list for Full Figured Fashion Week… Yeah, I went IN on this one!
As you can see, I like to create my own list, but you can find a printable online to download and use, just like this one:
4. Use Large/Oversize Luggage
This final tip is clutch…
I was one of those people who never realized the importance of investing in a “good” luggage set, so I would always end up with the smaller, less expensive luggage options. Which is fine, until you have to go somewhere for more than two days and you end up carrying 19 small bags! That is not the bizness….
Just looking at all of those bags to haul sent my anxiety into overdrive, so I decided to make the investment into large/oversized luggage… Winner, winner chicken dinner! Not only do I have enough room to put everything, but when it comes time to travel through the airport or wherever, I don’t have a bunch of small bags. I typically have my large suitcase and my work bag. Sometimes I even fit my large purse in my suitcase… Clutch.
So there you have it.. My four tips for stress-free packing. Let’s be honest – packing is not an easy feat, but with a good plan in place, you can learn to do it with ease. At least I did! 🙂
What tips do YOU recommend for stress-free packing? Share below and let us know!
Until the next time, live F.A.B. with no regrets!