I pretty well follow this plan for every trip no matter how short or long. If you read my post about packing for a 3 day business trip, it was the same principle but for far fewer days! Our trip is 28 days (yeap, kind of like rehab…not that I’ve been to rehab…no, no, no) and for a girl who loves fashion it would be easy to over pack. However, I spent a month in Mexico when I was 19 and I had to drag two
big HUGE bags everywhere. Once nearly missing a flight because I couldn’t run as the two bags weighed me down.
Each decade of my life I get better at reducing the luggage load. For this trip, my goal is to fit everything I need into one smaller bag that I will then pack into a larger bag for the journey over. That way I have a big bag to fill with new purchase made in Spain and do a little Christmas shopping while I’m at it!
The Start: I always use the quest bedroom for this little adventure. It’s a great spot, out-of-the-way to start setting out clothes. Most of these items have been folded and sitting there waiting to be packed for a couple of weeks. That’s because they are predominately Spring/Summer clothes and it hasn’t gotten warm enough for me to yet be tempted to wear them! I try to make sure that most of the items fit a colour palette and can be mixed and matched to a few other items to provide variety. We are traveling around the country and I don’t expect to see anyone more than once so who cares if I wear the same skirt three times while in Spain.
Colours I have chosen for this trip are orange, tan, white and red and a little bit of blue. I actually started with orange and tan/neutral but added in the red white and blue because I just think they make such great holiday looks. Plus we are spending a few days near the sea so I may as well break out my best nautical looks!
Selection Continues: During the weeks leading up to packing the pile of items grows as I think of other things to bring. Handbags, scarves, shoes, pyjamas all get added. At this stage I have 4 pair of shoes, 3 handbags and about 6 scarves that are on the growing list. Things like underwear, socks and all the toiletries will wait until the last day. That’s because I don’t own enough to set them aside and I like to do all the laundry, change sheets on the bed and tidy around the house on the day of leaving if possible but at least the night before if I have an early flight.
I don’t worry about the fact that the pile has grown larger than the small suitcase because I plan to do a cull twice in the days leading up to the packing.
A Few Little Extras: Also during this time a few little extras start creeping up to the guest bedroom. A folder with copies of reservations and travel itinerary. I have all of it digitally as well but for some reason there are some countries where I just don’t want to risk not having access to that info and it’s usually a country where I don’t speak the language! Which is why there is condensed copy of “Spanish for Dummies“. When I lived in Denver, I was learning a fair bit of Spanish and could read it really well. I even have pretty good pronunciation for a slice of white bread. But that was 10 years ago and if you don’t use it, you do lose it. I also have a paperback, a big fat one, just in case. Those little green things are disposable ear plugs. I have found over the years for the long flights, if I am going to get any sleep at all, I need ear plugs and an eye mask. They’ll go in my handbag along with a few other necessities of travel.
The Fashion Mister and I have fully separate bags because our style is different. I will likely fold and pack his stuff before we go, but after that I don’t go near his bag unless when we are heading home we need to fit more in than originally planned. Some how I can pack in a manner that maximizes space. For a girl I am very spatially aware.
That’s it! The beginnings of my getting organised and packing for a holiday. I’ll do one more packing post the day before we leave so you can see what makes it past the chopping block and what doesn’t, and why.
Do you have any packing tips? What is your Holiday packing secret weapon?
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- Travel light: Luggage Check List (travelweston.wordpress.com)
- Stylish Ways to Wear the White T-Shirt on Holiday (astimegoesbuy.me)
- Stylish Ways to Wear the White T-shirt on Holiday – My Way (astimegoesbuy.me)
- Summer Holiday Fashion 2012 – Look 2 (astimegoesbuy.me)
- Is it just me…? (dbtjourney.wordpress.com)