With not long to go, the time has come to finish off that all important packing. A dilemma that haunts many a fashionista, holding onto the mantra of “always be prepared for any fashion situation”. Squeezing everything into a single suitcase is a torturous task, should you add an extra bag onto your allowance? What about all the extra space you were planning on keeping for the way back? Every time you take off on a trip you encounter the same issue, it is time to accept that cutting back is the only solution, lugging around two bags weighing 20kg is not the answer. Just think you may end up having to carry them yourself.
Feeling hot, hot, hot…
Going somewhere hot? The good news here is that warm weather means smaller items. First things first, do your research; find out what the temperature is like day and night. If the weather is warm throughout you will not need a whole array of jackets, cardigans and sweaters. Just think you may not need a jacket full stop! Wear a warm cardigan to travel in and pack a sweater as back up, which will do it, trust me.
Summer wardrobes are such fun and of course you were planning on bringing it all with you. Who could blame you? However, this way of thinking is going to weigh you down. The best way to shed the extra pounds is to think practically. For example, a beach holiday requires comfortable and easy to get out of items. Hot pants and vests are all a girl needs; these items provide maximum tanning exposure for when out and about. They are easy to get in and out of, being left behind buttoning, buckling and zipping will start to grate on you and before you know it you will naturally evolve towards shorts and a T. So cut out the learning curb and leave the soon to be unworn at home.
Shoes, not much to say here, apart from you will not be wearing heels on the beach. Think comfort and versatility.
Come rain or shine
Colder destinations depict images of snuggling up in huge knits covering a range of patterns and colors. The good news is your wardrobe is full of them; the bad news is you are going to have to leave some behind. Taking a similar approach as discussed above needs to be adopted here. If your break consists of taking to the slopes, essential items are your ski jacket, pants, warm socks and thermals. I know it’s natural that these less exciting items will merely pass through your mind and you will be focusing on après ski wear. However, you may find yourself rocking out your ski gear for the majority of your trip. When carrying a spare set of clothes becomes tiring and you find that you can’t actually be bothered to get changed you may start resenting your suitcase of gorgeous clothes that are not only creased but have started to get damp…
If you have accepted that you will not be needing much more than your ski suit, why not make the most of this temporary reoccurring item and get yourself the most gorgeous one you can get your hands on? Admittedly ski jacket and gorgeous aren’t usually paired up so easily, however, once you find yourself living the mountain life, your stylish self will start to see the best in any given fashion situation. So be prepared.
If you still need further convincing of why less is more, I can solve this for you now: Creased, damp, sandy clothes. I know, it’s an upsetting thought but it is the reality of the situation. Clothes carried around in suitcases to a range of unfamiliar destinations can be harmed or hindered. Imagine this, you pack a number of your favourite pieces, you don’t end up wearing them, yet you get them home and they have been exfoliated by sand, dampened by bikinis and now carry a new undesirable feel and aroma. Of course you can wash them and lay the whole fiasco to rest, but the underlying guilt of putting your best through unnecessary strain will remain.
To help make the right decision when packing think do you really need to take this? Close your eyes and imagine when you will wear it. Ask yourself will this 100% silk shirt enjoy a summer holiday? I think you already know the answer.
Every cloud has a silver lining
Is your suitcase half full or half empty? You can look at this in a range of ways. I would choose one of the following:
1. A half empty suitcase gives half an empty space to be filled (with new clothes)
2. A half full suitcase has space to be filled (with new clothes)
Leaving space in your packing can open a whole window of fashion opportunity; repeat this to yourself while packing.
Additional packing tips:
-Don’t pack items directly into the case, make a collection of piles, and then you can see exactly how much of everything you have. Then go through and take one item off every pile, repeat as necessary.
-Fold items. When you are packing up do not squeeze and shove your clothes in, carefully enter each piece giving it room to breathe. Once you have entered every item you can rest assured in the knowledge that on your return each item can be rolled tightly providing space for your new purchases… Hooray!
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