I tend to be someone who likes to pack very lightly when I go on any trip. I’m also that person that likes to pack about an hour before I have to leave on a flight. In the past, this was a horrible way of going about things. I would try to pack lightly on a time constraint and usually ended up with odds and ends that never went together. Somehow it all worked well in my head at 3:30am. Funny how that happens. After many years of flying for work and little weekend getaways here and there, I think I’ve got it down to a science. I’m able to pack one carry-on backpack or bag with everything I need, plus a little extra room for spur of the moment shopping. Here’s what I’ve found that works…
1. Pack Clothes in the Similar Color Scheme
This was a bit of advice I got way back when and have followed religiously to this day. When you pack outfits, stick with a specific color scheme so you know that everything goes together. I like to stick with a black, white, camel color scheme right now. It makes for a nice assortment of business and casual. You can easily mix and match everything so you don’t have to overpack.
2. Bring One of Each Basic
As far as clothes go, I like to bring one pair of jeans, one skirt, one pair of heels, and one jacket. Go for versatile basics that you can mix and match and change up with jewelry, since that takes up hardly any room. No matter where I go I also like to make sure to bring a bathing suit (just in case there’s a hot tub) and I usually stick with one pair of pajamas I can wear both nights.
3. Wear the Big Stuff
The number one most important thing is to wear all your big and bulky stuff on the plane/train/car. If it’s 100 degrees in the city where you take off, and -10 degrees in the city where you land, still leave with that jacket on. It’s definitely not worth taking up all that extra space. I also wear my boots and usually a pair of jeans on the plane, since they tend to be heavy and don’t fold up as easily. Rolling all my clothes in my backpack has been a super effective way to conserve space and it doesn’t make my clothes too wrinkly when I pull them out.
Jacinda Boneau is a fabric designer and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.