When I first met my husband it was the beginning of the end….of my overpacking habits that is!!! He was a staunch believer in carry-on only. Mind you this was long before pre-check was a thing and TIA was very, very strict about that 3oz rule. Ummmm, I am a fashionista and need to have all the outfit options with me along with shoes and accessories. How was I going to fit ALL of that into one small carry on bag? The real test was when we went on a 3-week honeymoon…..and I did IT! It’s taken some trial and error and lots of practice, but I basically have it down to a science these days. And with Spring Break on the horizon, I am sharing all of my packing secrets with you!
So, I am curious to hear: are you a packing procrastinator or do you start mapping out your outfits weeks ahead of time? Can you guess which camp I fall into ;) As travel is becoming a thing again for many people, and knowing that packing can be a real stressor, I wanted to focus on how to tackle packing in a way that feels manageable. Here are the steps I follow for each and every trip I take.
Start With the Shoes
Shoes are the easiest place for me to start because once I know which shoes are coming along, I can build appropriate outfits. Plus, they take up the most space in my bag so I start there and work backwards. I usually pack 4-5 pairs of shoes because a girl needs options! Here is what usually finds it way into my bag for the warmer month:
Statement Sneakers (I wear these while traveling)
Wedges or heels
That covers all my bases! On the go during the day, moving my body, feeling cute without dressing up, and then the option to dress up for a night or two! Done.
Step 2: Tops/Bottoms/One Pieces