Monday, August 5, 2013

Tips For Travelers Series: Packing Light

I consider myself somewhat of a world traveler, having lived in Belgium for a year and seeing a lot of Europe at the same time. With that year, along with my other adventures all over these United States, I have learned a thing or two about traveling, and wish to share my knowledge with all of you!

My mom and I are headed off to Europe next week! There is quite a bit to do in preparation: plane tickets, train tickets, hotel reservations, museum passes, rental cars, and of course, packing. Packing may be the most stressful part of the pre-vacation routines. With all of the regulations on checked baggage and carry-on liquids, etc, it can be difficult to figure out the best way to pack without going crazy wondering if you'll make it past security without being stripped down just because you forgot to take that nail file out of your toiletry bag.

Lately, I've recognized the importance of learning how to pack light. It keeps stress down, both before the trip and during, makes security a heck of a lot easier, and can even save you money! For this trip, my mom and I have both decided that we're each going with only a carry-on and no checked luggage. Impossible, you say? Well, maybe for a trip overseas, this seems a little daunting. How could you possibly fit everything you need for two weeks in Europe into one tiny carry-on bag? Tell me this. What really is the difference between traveling to Europe versus traveling to, say, Michigan? Just because you're going farther away doesn't mean you need more stuff.

Tip #1: My number one tip for packing light is to choose items that are versatile and can be used in a number of ways. Pair the staples with a couple of statement pieces to make different outfits. The more you mix and match and use your clothes creatively, the less you'll need to pack and more interesting your ensembles will be! My list consists of four sundresses, one skirt, one jumper, one maxi-skirt, one pair of shorts, one pair of pants, two tank tops, two t-shirts and two cardigans. I also have two pairs of shoes, two belts, and a handful of jewelry to liven them up! With just these few pieces, I was able to create fourteen fun and fashionable outfits! See for yourself!

Purple Printed Shorts:
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This is a pretty bold pair of shorts, but they're breezy and fun and go great with a casual boyfriend tee or embellished tank.

Coral Circle Skirt:
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This easy and basic skirt can be paired with either brown or black to create different looks!

Black Maxi Skirt:
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This skirt is great because it's flowy and allows for many different looks!

Green Sundress:
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This dress is super light and even allows for layering. And there's that black maxi skirt again!

Navy Blue Jumper:
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This is one of my absolute favorite pieces! You've seen it before on the blog. I can also tuck the straps in to make it a high-waisted skirt. Versatility!

As you can see, I also used the same white t-shirt, white tank top, gray t-shirt, and gray tank top in many of those outfits. I'm also taking a few other pieces that work well on their own, for a little variety.

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Tip #2: For summer trips, choose items that are light, rather than bulky, and that fold flat. You'll save tons of room and be able to take a couple extra pieces this way.

Tip #3: Make sure you are folding things properly. You save space when everything is relatively uniform in size and neat.

Tip #4: Keep the accessories to a minimum. I'll admit, I am an accessory hoarder, and I am constantly guilty of trying to take every pair of earrings that I own on vacation with me. This time I picked out a few different pairs of earrings, two necklaces, and two sets of bangles that I can mix with my outfits.

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There you are! Tips for Packing Light. There will be more posts to come on other Traveler Tips. Here's to happy travels :)

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