When it comes to packing, I am both Monica Gellar and Rachel Green. I love the planning process; researching the weather, planning outfits, and visually locating all the essentials (mobile charger wire tangled up with hair straighteners, small notebooks hidden between thick books- but I know where they are!).
Then Rachel Green appears, where the actual packing comes into action. Suddenly, I’ve gone off every outfit I’ve planned, something essential needs washing, and I have to take a larger hand luggage bag to accommodate the extra items I’m taking with me!
I am slowly learning, though, so here are 5 of the best ways to pack efficiently when you’re travelling:
Roll up, roll up
When you’ve narrowed it down to what clothes you’re actually taking, tightly roll them up and you’ll find that you’ll be able to fit so much more in- take advantage of every nook and cranny like stuffing socks into shoes and jewellery/toiletries inside bags!
Learn to mix and match
I wrote a post about how you can style daytime into nighttime without a change of clothes. By focusing on a few key accessories instead of bringing unnecessary extra clothes, it saves room and makes your bag so much lighter.
Pick a cold day to travel
So obviously this is dependent on when you’re actually able to travel. But seriously though it means you can wear more layers to the airport to prepare yourself for impending coldness! So when I went to Amsterdam in January I wore 2 pairs of socks, 5 tops, a scarf and a hat. Yes that’s right I looked like a lumpy colourful snowman but it was so worth it. *salsa dancer emoji*
Take a snap of each outfit
This screams Monica Gellar, but it works. When I was planning for my weekend in Paris, I actually laid out each individual outfit and took a photo of it! That way when it came to pack I didn’t have any of those ‘oh but then there’s this top which might go with these jeans if we go to this kind of bar/restaurant/park/zoo’ etc. I could see exactly what I was going to wear and so didn’t pack any unnecessary weight.
Shoes can definitely take up the most room, as it’s easy to pack so many ‘just in case’ pairs! Nowadays I just take a pair of trainers and plain black flats that I know will go with everything; a pair for the day, a pair for the evening. But if you’re travelling for a longer period of time, then you know you can just invest in things once you’re out there.
So those were my top tips! Do you have any others that I’ve missed out? Let me know in the comments below!