7 Tips for Packing Light This Traveling Season

Tips for Packing Light


Summer is one of the few times you can travel without worrying if you’ll have to wear a few layers on the plane in order to avoid an overpacked suitcase. Nevertheless, we seem to let ourselves use that extra space for too many unnecessary clothing items because what if?! Here are 7 tips for packing smart, packing light, and packing thoroughly this season.


  1. Do your research. Whether you’re going to visit family or to a foreign country, it’s always important to do a little research before your trip. Check what the weather will be like (don’t assume you know!) Look into if there are any dress codes or sartorial traditions part of the culture you’re visiting. Are there any specific events you’re attending? Make sure you’re first and foremost mentally prepared for every outfit situation.

  2. Get a visual. Write a list, draw a diagram or make designated piles on the floor. Whatever you do, it’s important to get a visual of what you will be packing in order to confirm that it all needs to go.

  3. Reality check yourself. Once you’ve done your research and wrapped your head around what you want to bring, you can then narrow down what you actually should bring. Remember that you don’t suddenly turn into a new person just because you’re going on vacation. Make sure not to try out a whole new style regime when you’re out of town.

  4. Wash and wear. I know that it may seem like such a hassle to do laundry on a trip, however, a little washing can go a long way. Grab some castile soap at the grocery store and hand wash items like intimates, pajamas, and socks during your stay. It won’t take long and it’ll save you a lot of room in your suitcase!

  5. Create a base. With the exception of special events and activities, you don’t to have a bunch of show stopping garments. Instead, create outfits with good basics like black or white t-shirts, jeans, or a shift dress. After those items have been established you can then add some flair here and there with fun accessories and statement pieces.

  6. Build in flexibility. In addition to having good basics, it’s incredibly beneficial to pack clothing items which can be easily mixed and matched for different outfits. Throw a dress on over your bathing suit and sandals during that day, then add some booties, a necklace, and a light jacket for nighttime activities. Use your limitations to create outfits you never would have thought of otherwise!

  7. Do outfit prep. Last, but certainly not least, is outfit planning. I’ve tried many different versions of this element of packing preparation and have come to find that getting specific is the best way to do it. Although it may seem like a real pain in the butt, by planning out each outfit you will be able to fully think through your wardrobe decisions. This doesn’t mean you have to wear outfits together or on certain days, nor does it mean that you can’t pack an extra option or two for each outfit (if your suitcase allows). It’s good to have options, however it’s also important to set yourself up for vacation success!

 

Audrey Stanton

Audrey Stanton was born and raised in the Bay Area and is currently based in Los Angeles. She has attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, London College of Fashion, and received a BFA in costume design from the California Institute of the Arts. Audrey is deeply passionate about conscious fashion and hopes to continue to spread awareness and love for ethical consumption. Visit her blog audstant.com and follow her on Instagram for lots of #slowfashion inspiration!


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