Here’s a snapshot of my suitcase unpacked. (Yes, I am my mother’s daughter–Joanie does the exact same thing, unpacking immediately upon arrival.) There are staples within this closet alongside varities in color, texture, and pattern.
I am lucky: I travel a fair amount because of what I do and because of living overseas. Internationally teaching has many perks, and I have really appreciated all the travel I’ve been able to do in the last 16+ years. Because of this, packing has become a bit of a science for me. In this post, I’ll share three more points to remember when packing. (Click here for the first three tips.)
Tip #1: Identify what your trip entails AND know the weather of the area.
Recently I went away to Beijing on a school trip with students for a Global Issues Network conference. I was packing for only three nights, but there were a couple of scenarios that changed the way I packed. One, I knew I would need to look professional. Two, I knew it would be cold! And three, I had to include clothing for a Great Wall experience.
I traveled in the black boots with the gold buckle, I knew I’d need the hiking shoes, and of courseI knew I’d like the option for the leopard booties. I brought four shoes which might seem excessive, but having that fourth pair of brogues gave me an option in case I needed it.
I brought two coats with me–one light weight black version and another heavier wool one. Even though I checked the weather, one never knows what 10°C/50°F will feel like–especially arriving from the warmer, more humid weather of Hong Kong. It was safer for me to bring both regardless if I used either option. As it turns out, I was fine with only the lighter black moto jacket, but I appreciated feeling more secure knowing I had the wool if I were to need it.
I traveled in a casual suit, and I a paired it with an even more casual plaid shirt. This way I had a smart option plus another coat layer if need be.
Tip #2: Pack one or two items that tie everything together.
I packed a really cute and bright scarf that matched everything, and I wore the same earrings and necklace the entire weekend. These two items made me feel put together while offering a little spunk.
Tip #3: Pack light toiletries while allowing for options.
I use traveling as a time to also finish products. So for example, I packed a lotion that was just about finished. This way I used it while away yet was able to leave that weight behind since I finished the product. The same goes for my conditioner (since you know I only wash with that . I took two empty, smaller bottles and filled them with the necessary product. This also saved on weight–especially since I needed to bring two coats!
I kept my make-up the usual with the “no mascara” look I’ve been wearing lately, yet I brought along four options of lip colors: MAC Rebel, NARS Scarlet Empress, Heat Wave, and Cruella. Having four distinct different shades let me mix up my looks according to what I was wearing.
While it might seem like I packed a lot, I was definitely under weight with my checked baggage–which allowed for a little shopping for trinkets to bring home to the kids and Kevin.
What tips do you have for packing? Do you have any questions about how to pack better? I’d be happy to answer…Please share.