Today's post is all about how I pack light without sacrificing style. Below, I've outlined my go-to tips along with a corresponding video that I hope will help you travel light the next time you head out of town.
First up is an obvious one but I think it bears repeating. Before I pack for any trip I always check the weather. I find that doing so not only prepares me for what to expect, but it also helps me to pack for the weather I'll actually be experiencing rather than the weather I assume I'll have. Plus, knowing the weather to expect immediately eliminates some items from my closet, making it easier to narrow things down.
After knowing the weather to expect, I like to assess what I'll be doing on vacation. For example, when I went to Paris a few years ago I knew that we would be visiting cafes, museums and semi-formal restaurants for dinner. Knowing this allowed me to narrow things down to wrinkle-free pieces that were comfortable, but not too casual. Much like assessing the weather, this step allows me to eliminate many items from my closet before I even begin to pack.
Next, I select a color palette for my trip. Just like I do for my capsules each season, I like to choose a color palette for my travel capsules each trip. Using the example of Paris again, I stuck to a palette of black, grey and navy as my base and a few complimentary colors for my accessories.
Once that I know the weather to expect, what I'll be doing and my color palette, I like to plan out my outfits. As I'm selecting the pieces to bring with me, I like to take some time and try everything on while I put outfits together. As I do that, I'll snap a few pics and save them in a folder on my phone so that I can easily recall the looks I planned while I'm on vacation. I find that this saves a ton of time each morning so that I can get out and enjoy my vacation more.
Now that I've shared how I plan what to pack, I want to share the ways I get everything into a small carry-on. First up is to roll your clothes. If you've never done this before I can't recommend it enough to not only save space but also prevent wrinkles. I like to roll like with like and if I'm extra short on space, I'll layer all of my tops and then roll them all together to optimize space even further.
My next tip for getting everything into a small carry-on is to choose shoes wisely. I've found that shoes take up a great deal of space, so when choosing which to pack I like to optimize space and versatility. In order to do this, I like to choose footwear that does double-duty like ballet flats and ankle booties. Both of these can be dresses up or down and worn with a multitude of pieces to create different looks.
In order to get away with bringing only a carry-on, travel size toiletries are a must. I find that one of the best ways to guarantee I always have travel-size products is to decant my regular sized items into travel containers. I have some that I bought from Target years ago and I use them every time I travel with great results. In the same vain as toiletry containers, I love perfume atomizers for downsizing my fragrance.
Just like bringing versatile shoes saves space, I like to pack multi-taskers of every sort when I travel to further optimize my luggage space. For example, I like to bring either a blush or bronzer (not both) in order to save space in my makeup bag. Likewise with skirts, tops, pants, sweaters and more.
Last but not least, I like to load up on accessories to stretch my pieces even further. Unlike tops and bottoms, accessories take up practically no space in your suitcase but go a long way in changing up your looks. Just like I do in my day-to-day looks, I rely on silk scarves, necklaces and more to stretch my travel outfits even further without feeling like I'm wearing the same thing day after day.