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One of the services I offer as a personal stylist is packing help. Clients feel overwhelmed when getting ready for a trip: from planning all the big and small details to the last minute items you forgot to purchase, packing is the last thing you want to deal with right before you take off. How many times have you packed late into the night before an early flight the next day? We're all guilty of it! Here are a few tips I use when packing for myself and my clients. These tips will help you avoid over packing and ending up on the floor of the airport trying to repack your suitcases so you're not over the limit :) yes, we've all been there too.
1. Check the Weather
This may seem obvious, but check the weather for where you're traveling! You may think you know that it will be hot and humid or snowy but double check. Also: don't forget those tricky mid 60's forecasts that can feel chilly at night or in the shade but comfortable during the day in the sun. This leads to my next tip.
2. Pack outfits in layers
Leave some bulky items behind: big sweaters and jackets and opt instead to pack and dress in layers. Think tee under button down with a scarf. Adding a scarf or cardigan to your outfit is a great way to layer and those items take up much less room than a heavy sweater or jacket. The same rule goes for when you're traveling. Whether you're going to be on a plane or in a car, dress in layers and wear some of your bulkier items so that you can save the room in your suitcase.
3. Use the rule: pack three tops for one bottom
In general, bottoms (pants, skirts) take up more room than your tees and other tops. Be sure to choose bottoms that you feel good in and will want to wear with multiple tops - your favorite jeans or black pants or skirt. This goes for bras & undies too unless you're OCD into matching sets everyday.
4. For delicate items, add tissue paper
If you're packing a delicate blouse or dress, add tissue paper within the item as you fold as well as around the item. This helps avoid wrinkles and prevents the item from being crunched without taking up too much space.
5. Pack your suitcase like a filing cabinet
When you pack your suitcase like a filing cabinet, you can see all the items you have without having to dig through your suitcase. This also allows you to see if the colors of your clothes work together and will be able to be mixed and matched.
6. The Shoe Issue
This is hard for me to say and even harder for me to do, but limiting the number of shoes you pack is essential to not tipping the scales at the airport. If you've followed the rules above and packed a suitcase that allows you to mix and match tops and bottoms, you should be able to get away with one pair of comfy walking shoes, one nicer pair for the evening and maybe some sneaks if you're ambitious and think you'll work out on your trip. Don't forget you have a freebie fourth pair on your feet already!