How to Pack
Packing. The seven letter word that brings dread to even seasoned travelers. What should I pack? How much should I bring? What is too much? How do I get the most out of what I pack? This article should address many of these questions with a few steps. This is to remind even the most experienced traveler how to pack.
How to Pack Step 1:
When packing we’re often tempted to throw in our suitcase all our favorite pieces of clothing. We do this without thinking of how these items work together. While this may seem like a pretty obvious step in learning how to pack, many of us give into packing temptation.The easiest way to create multiple outfits from few pieces of clothing is with some neutral bottoms. These colors can include black, grey, khaki, beige, or white although it is not the easiest color to wear (think stains).
How to Pack Neutral Bottoms: Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren- 98$, French Connection Beau Skinny Cord Trousers- 100$, GUESS Jeans, Brittney Skinny Leg Cropped- 98$, GUESS Juliana Camo Print Cargo Pants- 89$, INC International Concepts Pants Skinny Cropped Cargo- 70$, INC International Pull On Capri- 24$
How to pack Step 2:
Pop of Color
The second step in learning how to pack is including pops of color! While it is nice to have all Neutral tones this can seem a bit drab. To add some personality to your outfits add a pop of color! This can be anything small (and easily packable) such as a scarf or jewelry. The scarf can also come in handy if you are visiting any religious location. Bonus packing tip: If you forget one, go shopping! There are scarves available in almost every market, it’s an international staple.
How to Pack Pop of Color: Folli Follie K Collection Scarf- 80$, Aeropostle Fringe Solid Infinity Scarf- 12$, FOREVER 21 Abstract Floral Pom Pom Scarf- 11$, ASOS Metal Keeper Super Skinny Waist Belt- 9.98$, ASOS Neon Rib Boyfriend Knit Beanie- 12$, Wet Seal Bright Floral Everyday Sunglasses- 7.50$
How to Pack Step 3:
Weather is often finicky and hard to plan so it is best to pack in layers. While tops can have more of a color range (since you packed those neutral bottoms) it is still good to think about how these colors look layered. It is good to also keep these colors subtle. With subtle color you can mix and match for more outfits. Leave the color creativity for the smaller accessories.
How to Pack Compatible Layers: French Connection Summer Spells Top- 98$, AllSaints Mollie T-shirt- 68$, French Connection She Silk Top- 118$, CALVIN KLEIN Cardigan- 90$, DOUUOD Cardigan- 95$, Diane von Furstenberg Draped two tone cardigan- 99$
How to Pack Step 4:
When you’re in a new place the last thing you want to do is trek all the way back to your hotel to change. Transitional shoes help solve this problem. This step in learning how to pack advises shoes that are comfortable to walk in but fashionable to wear out at night. If you keep the colors neutral you won’t have to pack as many (think more room for souvenirs).
How to Pack Transitional Shoes: ZARA Ballerina with ankle strap- 49$, Zara Synthetic Patent Leather Ballerina- 30$, Witchery Belinda Flat- 92$, AEROSOLES Cloud Nine Embellished T-Strap Sandals- 50$, Aerosoles Beckon Flats- 69$, Lucky Brand Cyrus Sandals- 69$
How to Pack Step 5:
Weather Resistant Fabrics
The final, and most important step in learning how to pack is water resistance. Being prepared isn’t just for girl scouts! One of the most important steps when leaning how to pack is to pack something waterproof. You never know when it could rain! This is a great staple to throw on and off and you explore your travel destination. Should be able to match any of your outfits for maximum versatility.
How to Pack Water Resistant Fabrics: Adidas by Stella McCartney Ombré shell jacket- $190, Adidas Originals Light Jacket- 140$, Nike Cyclone Jacket- 140$, Waterproof jacket Adidas by Stella McCartney- 300$, MISS SIXTY Hooded Walker Coat- 88$, Adidas Travel Pack Print Jacket- 250$