1. Choose a Color Palette – I’m not telling you that you need to have a “capsule wardrobe” to pack light…as nice as the idea of those can seem, I personally love how varied and mixed up my closet can be as a whole. That being said, when it comes to packing a bag, one of the smartest ways you can pack is to choose items that work multiple ways. Based on the events, occasions, and weather, I typically choose a basic “color palette” for the weekend. For example, I might choose blues, greys, whites, and other neutrals because they will all go together, but can still be mixed in different ways. Farther down the list, I’ll explain a tip to help keep these similar colors from looking too simliar day to day!
2. Only Make Cutbacks Where You Have To – It’s totally the worst when you pull out all of the items you want to bring, only to realize you’re going to have to say “no” to a large chunk of them. Rather than making a decision on every single item, try to approach it from the smartest way possible. Tackle the bulkiest and most common items first: shoes, purses, and outerwear. Ask yourself questions like these:
- Do you have a neutral pair of shoes that will go with multiple outfits? Maybe one that can be dressed up or down? Keep it.
- Do you really need more than one pair of dressy shoes? Toss the spare heels.
- Need a comfortable walking shoe for the outdoors? Combine it with your “casual shoe”…maybe a pair of converse, or a comfortable sandal that can be worn multiple ways.
- Do you really need multiple cross-body purses, or is there a metallic/neutral option that can be used the entire weekend? Shop my favorite affordable & classic crossbody purses here!
- If you really want to bring extra bags & clutches, make them useful by storing your jewelry or carry-on items inside of them, and then stuffing them into your tote for the plane.
5. Check the Weather – This one might seem obvious to some, but I can’t even tell you how many friends I have that insist on packing “for all weather”. While I am a huge supporter of being prepared, and weather can still throw curve-balls from time to time, keeping a close eye on weather for the week leading up to the trip can usually give you a good indication of what to expect. Skip out on bringing the raincoat, and pick up a cheap disposable umbrella while you’re away if need be. You don’t need a whole special set of rain boots just in case, either. That’s what cars and umbrellas are for!
I’ve also linked my favorite carry-on luggage bags below…it’s definitely time that I invested a new one sometime very soon! Any suggestions or bags that you really love? I’d love some help choosing! (Bags are shown from most affordable to splurge!)
Hopefully these tips will help you make smarter, not tougher, decisions on which of your beloved wardrobe items make the cut on your next trip…and you’ll get to pocket those checked baggage fees (and avoid the anxiety of a potentially lost bag) for more fun aspects of your trip!
Safe travels! Does anyone have any fun weekend trips coming up?! I’m trying to plan my dream list for 2017 already…