When Hitha, packing and travel extraordinaire of travel blog, Hitha On The Go, asked me to try to narrow down my biggest packing flaw for the maternity leave series, I knew I could sum it up in one word: over-packing. I explained to Hitha …
As for my crazy packing habit: I overpack everything (not just clothes, ha), but we can definitely stick to clothing. I usually pack dresses and cardigans (especially for a Summer vacation), but I just pack so many. Then I’ll get nervous and add several bottoms and tops thinking, what if I don’t want to wear a dress that day? You should see my hospital bag … over-packing to the nth degree.
Lexi is not the first overpacker out there – nor will she be the last.
Everyone has different clothing styles, different go-to outfits. However, these 3 tips will help any traveler pack more efficiently, without sacrificing style.
Let’s dive in, shall we?
1) Pack your favorite, most-flattering items.
Travels are NOT the time to try new trends, or wear clothing that you haven’t deemed a “go-to” at home. Pack the items you can rely on always being comfortable and flattering. Try you best to opt out of overly trendy pieces – the last thing you’ll want to do is to look back at those pictures and wonder “what the hell was I wearing?”
For any given trip, you’ll find a 1-2 pairs of pants, several tops, 1 dress, and 1 blazer. The items are packed are my favorite items that I wear frequently at home. And all of them go with each other, which brings us to tip #2…
2) Plan to wear every single item at least twice
When you pack your go-to pieces, the doubt of “what if I don’t like this item on that day” goes away. Poof. Gone.
Jeans and pants can be worn at least 2-3 times. T-shirts can be worn twice (if not three times – wear it as a workout top on its last wear). Blouses can be donned at least 3 times, with the help of a sweat-wicking camisole. If you opt for a dress to wear in the evenings, mix and match it up with the help of different lip colors, jewelry, hair styling, and shoes. I assure you, it won’t look the same.
3) How to launder your clothes on the go
My toiletries bag will ALWAYS have these two bottles inside it – a clothing refreshing spray and a detergent. I’m notorious for doing some laundry in my hotel room sink – workout clothes, undergarments, and anything made from a quick-drying material.
Those that won’t dry overnight (think tees, jeans, etc) get a spritz or two of this spray, which removes any odors and leaves them with a laundry-fresh scent. If you’re going to pack with an edited-down wardrobe, never leave home without these two items. They are lifesavers.
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