Lately I have been traveling a lot. No, I’m not a consultant…no, it’s not work related, and yes, its all just for fun. I’ve always loved a packing challenge and my husband supports it, in fact he taught me how fun traveling could be if I packed less. At first I didn’t understand what that even meant, in time I started to realize why. When you pack less, you worry less, less to lift, less to pack and unpack, and less to lose.
For example, our trip to Aspen moved faster simply because we just had carry-on’s. On our way back, flights were canceled and we were able to get re-booked on another flight easily because we didn’t have any checked bags. Not checking in a bag not only saves money, but also time and space when you travel by plane, train, or car. So you may wonder why I’m even writing about this, simple, people always ask me “what the heck do you pack? and how?” So packing less over the years has become a challenge for me, I research different products and keep up with the seasons must haves. I came up with how I travel smart without sacrificing the fashionista in me.
Lets face it, do we really end up wearing everything we pack? No. Do we really need to pack 4 pairs of shoes? No. Do we really need all that makeup? No. Once you answered all those questions then the next question is, what are the most realistic things you NEED according to your itinerary?
Beach Vacation- 1 Week
If you are travelling with family, you only need one swim suit, but with friends, pack 2. Throw in 2 cover-ups, 1 pair of shorts, yoga pants for daily wear (and possibly night), 4 dresses (2 semi-formal and 2 maxis). Maxi’s are elegant and easy to pack. Add in a few tops, 5 at most, and you are ready to go!
Of course we can pack 6 pairs, but are we really going to wear them? No! My solution is a pair of flats that could go in a pocket of your bag or tote. A pair of wedges or heels, I prefer wedges, heels can be tricky in a tropical place or beach. Last but not least, sneakers if you intend on doing excursions.
When you are out in the sun, the last thing you want to do is have a melted makeup look. Pack foundation, a powder, mascara, eyeliner and a few fun lip colors. Don’t overcrowd your bag or mind with all of your makeup. There is plenty of sample size makeup out there. I subscribe to Sephora’s Play Box and many of those things come in handy, from face primer, lip-gloss, to skin care. In fact I even take sample size perfume vials with me, no worries of spillages, leaks or taking up room. DONE AND DONE!
I always pack my jewelry in a travel box and stuff into my large tote or bag. Lately, I love Tumi bags. They are not only soft but also durable while travelling. They are also easy to clean and expandable when need be. Mine has compartments for me to take essentials like medication, lotions, books, and even my IPAD!
Pack less enjoy more, that’s pretty much the motto in my household these days. Life is too short to clutter your suitcase with nonsense, de-clutter and be free.