Stress-free packing, is there such a thing? It feels almost redundant, stating the obvious, but we’ll say it anyway – packing is dull, time-consuming and, most of all, stressful. And it seems that this process is never any less tedious regardless of the size of our luggage or the amount of time we intend to spend away. Sometimes, the shorter the trip, the higher the stress level. Well, what if we told you it doesn’t have to be that way? With a few simple tips and tricks, you can get rid of any negative feelings connected with ‘packing’ and the process it entails. Perhaps after you’ve implemented these strategies, you might even become kind of fond of packing, but let’s take it one step at a time.
Purchase a makeup bag that meant for travels only, and always keep it in your suitcase. Buy an additional set of skincare products and travel-size toiletries as soon as you run out of them, and keep them in that bag, even if you don’t intend on travelling anywhere anytime soon. When the time comes for you to start packing, this will have already been a completed task, and all you’ll have to do is throw in your go-to lip shades and bare makeup necessities. It’s a time-saver, and aside from that, this hack ensures that you never again forget something vital.
COUNT THE DAYS
You know how long you’ll be staying where you’re going, so count the number of days and pre-plan your outfits. To not overpack, stick to monochromatic outfits. The reason this will serve you well is that neutral tones, and similar fabrics go well together, so you will be able to mix and match and create different outfits by combining the same finite number of garments.
In addition to that, don’t pack overly ‘dressy’ items – especially if your destination is a beach holiday one. You’ll be spending a lot of time in casual clothes and very little in elegant dresses and polished ensembles, so take one, max two great dresses, and keep everything casual. Slip dresses aren’t only super chic, but take up little room, so they’re the perfect thing to take.
EVERYWHERE YOU GO
Always take your swimwear with you. Whether you’re going to a beach destination, a city, a mountain resort, you’ll come across a pool of water you’ll want to take at least one quick dip. Even if the water isn’t on your mind, always have fabulous designer swimwear with you, as you don’t want to be caught unprepared. And, also if there is no water in sight, you can always put your stylish and perhaps retro swimsuit to work as a part of your outfit – under, let’s say, a classic white button-down.
GO EASY FOR STRESS-FREE PACKING
No, you most certainly don’t need four different pairs of shoes. They are space-consuming, and it’s highly unlikely you’ll wear them all. Travel in comfortable tennis shoes which you will also use for walking around, sightseeing, shopping, etc. The pair that goes in the suitcase can be a classy yet simple pair of block-heel mules that you can wear to the beach, lunch and dinner. That’s it – those are the only two pairs of shoes you need.
You can add a pair of flip-flops for the beach, as they are easy to pack and don’t take up much space, but that’s about it. One woven tote, a pair of sunglasses and a scarf that can serve as a dress, a kaftan or a kimono are enough, and if you intend on bringing a big hat, stuff a sweater in it before you put it in the suitcase – that way, it won’t get squished.
You want to spend your time away doing all the things you planned on doing, and ironing is not part of the agenda. One hack is to roll your clothes instead of folding them, as they’ll creaseless, and the other is to go with fabrics that don’t crease much, like cotton, chambray, cashmere, wool and polyester blends as well as Tencel and spandex.
Tiny bags help with stress-free packing. You probably have those little bags that come with purses or shoes. Keep them, and pack all your lingerie in one. Keep the other one empty, so you can place dirty garments in it and avoid them from getting mixed with your clean stuff. You can even mark them with ‘wear me’ and ‘wash me’ signs, and even if you don’t own such bags, you can also buy them now. What will they think of next?
There you go, packed in less than an hour. Make sure your passport and travel documentation is always with you, along with a good book, lip balm, hand cream, a face mist, and noise-cancelling headphones and these excellent travelling tips. Guest Editor: Style & Beauty Blogger Sophia Smith, High Style Life