Do you guys remember this post from last spring? Well I thought it was time to update my packing tutorial a bit! Over the years, since I often had to travel back and forth between the East Coast and West Coast, I’ve gotten much better at packing. To avoid baggage fees, I’ve learned to consolidate enough clothes for 1-3 weeks in just a carry-on suitcase and a “personal item” bag. Of course, depending on the season and where you’re traveling to, this can be a bit of a challenge! However, with these 7 easy steps, I think you can learn how to pack a little better and/or pick up some tips that you didn’t know before!
This may seem like a fairly obvious step, but it’s helpful to know the weather conditions of the place you’re visiting. You don’t want to bring a ton of sweaters if it’s going to be blisteringly hot, and vice versa. For example, looking at the weather for Bakersfield above, with highs in the upper 90s, I knew I needed to pack lots of lightweight dresses, skirts/shorts, and tops.
First I go through my closet and pull out all the clothes I think I want to take with me. This includes items that I’ve been saving for a special occasion or just items that I just really like and want to wear on my trip. Not all of these clothes will make the final cut, but it gives me a base to start from.
Now it’s the time to actually put together full outfits for each day of your trip. Count how many days you plan to be on your trip and pick out an outfit for each day. If you need an outfit for a special occasion and know that you’ll need to make an outfit change on one day, don’t forget to pack that additional outfit. Putting together outfits like this prevents you from bringing an item of clothing and then having nothing to pair it with!
Pick out your jewelry once you’ve put together your outfits. Often, I forgot to pack my jewelry until after I’ve put all my clothes in my suitcase, but then it’s difficult to visualize what jewelry I want to wear with a particular outfit. I just find it much easier to choose my jewelry once I’ve settled on my outfits.
You need something to wear on your feet, don’t you? For this trip I brought a few pairs of shoes: sandals, flats for the airport, and wedges for when I wanted to be a little dressier. If you’ve got a small suitcase, you can probably only fit 1-2 pairs of bulky shoes, while flat shoes like sandals are easier to pack because they take up less space. Just something to keep in mind when choosing which shoes to bring!
Now we’re actually putting everything in the suitcase! I start with my shoes on the bottom and I like to tie them up in plastic bags so that they don’t dirty up my clothes. Then I roll up my clothes one by one into tight little cylinders. Take my word for it- rolling up your clothes is definitely a space saver! Place your clothes in one after the other, then when one layer is complete, start another layer of clothes on top of those ones. Keep going until you’ve added all your clothes to the suitcase.
These are basically the finishing touches. If your suitcase comes with straps, they are useful for keeping your clothes from shifting about too much during your flight. Make sure you can zip up your suitcase! If you have to sit on it to close it, you might try to see if you can roll any of your clothes tighter or if there’s something that you can take out. Also, in a sea of black/gray/neutral colored suitcases, it might be helpful to have some sort of colorful marker or tag so that you can easily identify your suitcase. Last but not least, I try to leave a little bit of room in my suitcase if I can. I don’t know about you, but I do some shopping when I travel, so the smart thing to do is to consider that in advance and leave a little extra space!
If you have any packing tips or tricks to add, I’d love to hear them in the comments below! :)
I thought it would be fun to do a small photo diary of pictures that I snapped on my recent travels to and from California. These pictures were taken while I was in the airplane waiting for take-off or soaring far above the ground. I always like to have a window seat when I’m flying and I really enjoyed seeing the various landscapes through the window. Since I often take the red-eye flights overnight, it was nice to have a change of pace this time and see the world passing below me during the daytime. It’s kind of an exhilarating feeling being that high up in the air and having everything spread out below you! Hope you enjoy the pictures! :)
Tell me: Do you enjoy flying?
P.S. Don’t forget to check back on Friday for that packing tutorial that I’ve been promising!
Dress* Ross, Tights and Booties* Forever 21
Sterling Silver Bow Earrings* InPink, Sunnies* H&M
Now I’m playing catch up and I have lots of outfits to share with you guys from my trip home over the holidays! Christmas in California was definitely a warm one! I was quite happy to have a change of scenery and to soak up the sun rays. And of course, it was wonderful to see my family and spend time playing games and just generally goofing around with them. Since my sister knows all about the blog, it was easy to get her to take outfit pictures for me the whole time I was home (thanks a bunch sis! :D) For family pictures, my mom asked us to all wear purple on Christmas day, so I borrowed this pretty sweater dress from my sister. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a sucker for a sweater dress because it’s easy to throw one on and look chic! If I didn’t know that my sister reads this, I might have
stolen borrowed this one from her! ;)
My sister doing her thang! She’s wearing: Dress* Forever 21, Shoes* Steve Madden
The siblings- yah, we think we’re cool!
My mom looking pretty cute in one of my headbands! Find a similar one here
As you guys know, I went to the beach about a month ago, but I’ve just finally gotten around to uploading my pictures! I road-tripped down there along with six other friends in a big old Suburban (you should have seen how little we looked behind the wheel of that ginormous car!) and spent four lovely days on the beach. I thought I would share a few iPhone snaps with you- hope you enjoy! :D
our first day on the beach/ friends helping make dinner/ the hotel where we stayed/ toasting our arrival with a refreshing cocktail/ spending some time in the ‘burban’/ soaking up the sun/ dining together in our hotel room/ sun + sand + sunscreen= a good combo =)