Tuesday, September 13, 2011

How to pack for a Trip

There is nothing worse than arriving at your destination only to realize you don’t have the right clothes, or worse still, your clothes don’t go well together. You basically want to create a small yet versatile capsule wardrobe that will fit in your carry on.

Step 1: You want to know what type of clothes you'll need. so check the weather and the cultural expectations! You need more clothes for travel to colder destinations. Add jackets, tights, hats and boots as required. Its also useful to do a Google search and check whether your destination will be a place you can wear skimpier outfits or somewhere you should be covered up. There’s nothing worse than arriving somewhere and feeling like the unfortunate centre of attention. And its always a good idea to pack a light jacket for hyper air-conditioning on airplanes.

Step 2: Basics!! I always bring a pair of dark wash jeans (you can wear them to a casual dinner) a black or white t-shirt and a neutral cardigan. I'll also bring a comfortable black skirt as well as a versatile little black dress. Bring something comfortable to wear at night during hotel stays.

Step 3: Pick a Palette: No need to be in black and white the entire time - pick a color from your wardrobe and add pieces that compliment it. It will make your basics go far and add a splash of color to make you feel more put together. This includes a brightly colored scarf - shoes or accessories.

Step 4: Speaking of shoes: Rationalize them! Shoes are the most bulky part of your luggage and if you can restrict the number of shoes you take with you, life will be much easier. But you don’t want to feel like you lack shoes either – I usually take one pair of classic black patent heels (maybe a second pair if I am going somewhere dressy like New York or Paris), some pair of boots, a pair of comfortable shoes like sneakers or ballet flats sandals. 

Step 5: Accessorize: I usually take a few nice statement pieces of jewelry which I can throw on in the evening to feel a little bit more dressed up, such as a pair of tassel earrings or a gold coin necklace.  I also almost always take a bag with a long shoulder strap so it can be worn cross body, so I can relax when wandering around busy train stations and streets.

Extra Tips - Do a layout – when packing make sure to lay everything out on your bed so that you can visualize the outfits and how they will go together. 

Cosmetics and Beauty –  Go Sample size - I have a smaller cosmetic bag that contains smaller samples of makeup for vacation. I pack this in a clear sandwich bag for easy access to all of my items as well as a friendly airplane security bag.

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