Thursday, April 12, 2018

How to pack for spring break



One thing both my hubby and I both enjoy is traveling. I especially love traveling during these chilly winter months, which is why I am SO excited to be traveling to visit some family in SC. In anticipation of our trip and since I've been packed since last weekend, today I'm sharing all my tips and tricks for how I pack. I get asked all the time "how many suitcases did you bring?" Thankfully my husband keeps me in check because I am responsible for toting my own luggage around, so I typically only pack in one suitcase (mine is the carry-on size) and one oversized tote bag; such as my LV tote or Longchamp.

Shop some of the items I packed for our trip early by clicking the image below:









Start with your favorites. 
I never bring items that are just "okay" or bring them because they are a "basic" and will go with a lot. If I wouldn't normally reach for that item then it doesn't come. I begin the packing process by making a list of items needed by category. For example, the start of my packings looks a little like this:

  • Bottoms: 5 total
    • white denim (1 pair of shorts and 1 pair of pants)
    • blue denim (1 pair of shorts and 1 pair of pants)
  • Dresses: 2 total
    • printed dress from J. Crew (pairs with white cardigan or denim jacket) 
  • Tops: 8 total, one for each day of the week
    • cami's (white and black)
    • off the shoulder tops x2

Write it all down! 
I am naturally a planner. I like to be prepared and know ahead of time possible looks. I also LOVE to make lists. Typically, I set up my lists according to the day of the week and a possible outfit. Then once I have my look, I think of a way I can take this look from day-to night. For example, I always bring white denim shorts. For touring various places in South Carolina, I paired these shorts with a fitted tee, TB sandals and my new hat! To make this look a little bit dressier, I also packed an off the shoulder top, fancy statement earrings and wedges.   Additionally, planning out outfits ahead of time really helps to eliminate excess.

Be organized.
I always pack to save space. I put jewelry inside purses and stuff socks into my shoes to keep their form, and as you guessed it, to save space. As a result, it's easy to forget where you put things. While packing, I try to make a quick list of the essentials and jot down where I packed them in the notes section on my phone. One thing I've never tried are the compression bags. I've heard great things and have thought about trying them. Have you ever used them? I'd love to hear your thoughts on them.

Plan ahead. 
I know I dislike long car rides. So, I plan ahead by charging my kindle and bringing a book or two to read and distract me along the way. For those who can't read in the car, I highly suggest audio books or podcasts. Also, I've found that re-purposing jewelry pouches to store electronic cords has helped me to stay more organized and mess free.

What are some of the packing hacks you've tried?



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