Tip: Plan out your outfits ahead of time
I've always done this when ever I travel and honestly I thought everyone did this too! It wasn't until a little while ago I found out my mom (and several other people) just throw pieces of clothing into their luggage they want to take without having an outfit planned out for it. By planning out your outfits ahead of time you are able to
A. save time on your trip because you already know what goes with what
B. save room in your suitcase from pieces you know you're not going to wear because they don't go with anything.
You could also take it a step further and take a photo of each item on or laid out so you know what goes with what. I personally haven't done this, but I have heard of several other people doing so and they love it!
Tip: Stick to a similar color scheme when picking out clothing pieces to easily mix and match with each other.
When planing out outfits I made sure to stick with the same color scheme so each piece can be easily be mixed and matched with each other to create multiple different looks. As you can see here I my main colors were navy, black, white, light pink and light denim (is that a color?). Here I'm showing you nine day outfits I put together with 10 clothing items and I still could have mixed and match to make a few more outfit combinations! Also, going with picking out clothes with similar color scheme, pack neutral shoes so they can go with a wide variety of outfits.
White Tank || Black Skort || Nude Flats || Monogram Clutch || Similar Turquoise Earrings || Watch || LBD || Similar Nude Wedges || Similar Statement Necklace
Tip: Pack clothing pieces you are able to wear more than once and mix with other pieces
When I know I have to travel light I try to stick with the "two wear rule." Basically if I can't find a way to wear a clothing piece twice, I don't take it with me. I use to be SO grossed out to wear the same clothing item twice, but unless you spill something on it or completely soaked it in sweat (ew, but it happens), then you should be fine. As you can see from the outfits I put together, pretty much all of the clothing pieces I picked out were able to mix into another outfit to be worn twice.
Tip: Use accessories to give your outfits a new look
Jewelry don't take up too much space and they can give an outfit a completely new look. When using the same pieces of clothing to mix and match, you can change up the look by pairing them with fun accessories. I love packing statement necklaces and bracelets to help give my outfits a little something, something when in reality I've worn the same shirt 3 days in a row (whoops).
Tip: Check the weather before hand
This tips is kind of a no brainer, but can be overlooked sometimes (guilty!). Why waste space in your already small bag with a raincoat when it's suppose to be sunny and 85 all week? Check the weather while you pack to avoid bringing something you don't need and wasting precious space in your already too small bag!
Tip: Uses pouches help keep you organized
I swear by pouches! They keep me so organized and I swear they help save space when you are packing. I usually use one pouch to put all of my jewelry in, one pouch for my undergarments and another pouch for toiletries. I have heard many good things about packing cubes and it's pretty much the same concept as using pouches if you want to gives those a try!
Those are my top tips on how to travel light and pack the most into your carry on! I hope you all found some helpful tips to use for your next trip!
What is your go to packing tip? I'd love to know! I could always use new tips on how to pack more efficiently. I hope all of you have a wonderful Monday and be sure to come back on Wednesday for a new outfit post!
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