Even though I just got back from Firefly, it’s off to the beach with two cars and a Jitney full of some of my closest New York City friends for a much-anticipated birthday weekend getaway!
While the timing couldn’t be more perfect, I still haven’t finished packing and leave tonight. Not only that, but I have almost back to back wedding weekends after this trip and am still trying to squeeze in trips home to see my family.
However, having spent most of my childhood living in a suitcase, I have these simple, yet effective, rules to go by when packing light:
- Plan it out: Take 10-15 minutes to write down either a planned or potential itinerary of your trip. As you go through each day, note whether one outfit will suffice, or two (i.e. beach day followed by dinner out). Lay out said outfits and gauge from there. Don’t forget to check the weather in advance, too! Even if it’s going to be 92 degrees, I always take a sweater or scarf in case of unexpected chill once the sun goes down or even a bathing suit when skiing in case of a spontaneous hot tub party.
- Color coordinate: This is one of my favorites, and by far, the most helpful rules. By making sure you can mix and match your entire suitcase, your outfit options are limitless. Luckily, my wardrobe colors tend to match already #thankyouNewYork.
- Don’t forget the basics: underwear, socks (at least one pair, always), bras, etc.
- Be choosy: Do not (and I repeat) do not pack any fabrics that are not compatible with traveling. Hint: unless you’re headed to a wedding or event, keep the dry-clean only or wrinkle-prone items at home. This is your time to embrace your low maintenance clothes. Your ideal travel clothing is durable, takes up minimum space and is light-weight.
- Pack everything, unpack and pack again (but with less): pretty self-explanatory, but I tend to throw things in my bag the week before and repack closer to the trip when I’m much more focused. The morning of a trip I’m usually thinking about how much I can actually carry down (and up) my five flights of stairs…
- Simplify your toiletry/makeup kit: They make samples for a reason, y’all. And in tiny cute bottles/packets that are light and easy to carry.
P.s. How darling are these vintage-inspired suitcases and carry-ons from Steamline luggage? Hello, non-regrettable investment.
Happy travels! Where are you planning your next weekend getaway?