Mastering the art of packing has been a lesson in trial and error. Our travels have really picked up the past two years between weddings, my first time to Europe last summer, and the many last-minute getaways to wine country for the weekend. I can finally say, when it comes to a quick trip, I’ve got this.
Summer is the season of finally meeting the date you had been planning for months. You’ve had time to map out your vacation, your dinner reservations, your outfits, and you’re probably ready days before your outbound flight. While I can’t discount the luxury of an agenda-filled trip and making my way to a beachside, etc. – I live for those spontaneous easy and local trips over fall when you realize you’re starting to spend much more time at home than out and about. Matt and I will sometimes decide on a Thursday we want to spend our weekend up in Sonoma or Carmel, and we’ll do just that. I like on-the-fly so had to learn how to pack accordingly.
Suitcase | SWISSGEAR
Leather Tote | Cuyana
Dress | Zara
Leather Jacket | Topshop
Sneakers | Converse
I’ve cultivated a few rules for traveling like a pro, so without further ado, here’s what I’ve come up with…
Upgrade your travel accessories
I swapped out a very old suitcase recently for this one by SWISSGEAR and don’t know how I lived without something a little more functional and easy to use while on-the-go. I love how there are different sized compartments making it easy to organize and allows me to be mindful when moderating how much of each category of clothing to bring. There’s a lock code on the side, making me feel at ease if I ever have to check it in. Also, super quick and mobile wheels… we just met but, I love you. Not to mention, I feel a little more stylish while rushing through the airport or checking in at a hotel.
Go with a color scheme
One thing’s for certain, this has saved me so much time and stress while packing. Know the gist of style/weather for where you’re going and stick with a couple of hues that can be mixed and matched. Add in a few solid basics, and you will be just fine.
Less is more (when it comes to shoes, jeans, and jackets)
For the bulkier items, pack extra light. I always being 1-2 shoes, 1 pair of denim and 1 jacket, which I throw on to spare some room in my suitcase. Same goes for shoes, wear the pair that will take up more space.
Try on outfits
This I never used to do, but make sure you’re currently happy with the items you reach for. Think about pieces in your closet that can take you from wandering around shops, lunch, and perhaps a glass of wine out before getting ready for your dinner reservation.
I like to do a quick sweep of my accessories as well. You don’t need to overdo it – just bring a couple pieces of jewelry, sunglasses, any entertainment for when en route, and call it a day. There’s nothing quite like being prepared when you’re on the spot! Hope this helps! x