Tricks of the Trade: Packing


No matter if I am packing for a weekend getaway or a two-week vacation in Europe, I always follow the same routine. The reason for this is that it allows me to see all of my clothes laid out, so I can easily identify unnecessary items or needed items.

The first thing I do is raid my closet for all of the pieces that I could imagine myself wearing on the trip. Silk jumper? Yes. Utility jacket? Of course.

Next, I l toss everything onto my bed so it’s all in one spot. Much like closet organization, things need to get messy for a minute (or two) before they can be perfect.

After everything I think I want to bring on my trip is splayed across my bed, I then start to make piles. Shirts in one pile, sweaters in another, and jeans in yet another. I continue like this until all like items are grouped and evenly displayed so I can clearly see everything. Only then does it become obvious what I’m bringing far too much of and sadly need to put back in my closet.

Laying my clothes out this way also helps me to develop outfit ideas in my mind. There’s nothing worse than getting to your destination and realizing you brought the perfect pieces from your closet, but none of it seems to go together. Thinking of outfits ahead of time ensures me that what I am packing will definitely be worn while I am away.

Of course, I then put everything in my suitcase, but that’s a step that we’ll save for a future post!

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