How to pack light and the two things that will save you on a quick trip
This one is for those that struggle with packing light! I know it seems common sense and so easy to some, but for those like my sister it's a life long struggle! I often repack for her and I always pack for Matt's business trips -not that he needs help packing light! I'm the folding slave who makes sure he doesn't have to re-iron everything. Over the weekend Matt and I took a quick trip to Melbourne, to dine at Heston Blumenthal's Restaurant and see The Book of Morman musical by the South Park creators. We got a great deal on flights and accommodation, but we only stayed for one night and shared a carry-on suitcase; packing strategically was a must.
HOW TO PACK LIGHT AND CUT DOWN ON STUFF:
Most of the time you always end thinking you need more than you actually do. Also, taking into account weather options, that usually adds more! Especially in this case, Melbourne is known to have four seasons in one day! Some simple preplanning of your outfits for multiple weather conditions will work wonders.
- I find that most of the weight ends up being in the toiletries category for girls. To cut down be ruthless and only pack exactly what you are going to use, and no 'just in case' products. It is possible to create a makeup look with very few products and one that goes from day to night. If you use styling tools for your hair, limit to one tool. Stick by the 'one of each' rule then you won't go astray. I chose a one colour smokey eye that covered me the entire weekend.
- To pick the right outfit, consider the dress code of where you are going and the weather conditions. For me, I stuck to picking just two outfits -and no you don't need three tops in the one shade! I wore a sparkly dress for dinner and a more casual option for the theatre. Both were long sleeved and short, if the weather dropped I wouldn't be freezing from any wind and they were light enough if the weather was really nice, and carried me from day to night. I wore one of the outfits on the plane so I only had to pack the other. I always have dedicated 'travel clothes' so if I can skip that, you can too ;p
- The same goes for shoes. Though, I recommend packing two different pairs. This will help if you have a lot of walking to do and end up with blisters, the other pair isn't going to hurt you in the same place the next day. I took two dressy flats instead of heels, I could wear one pair if it got cooler and just needed to add tights.
- Choose one bag. Pack a bag that is suitable for both outfits and activities, so again you are taking less. It's all about cute and functional that works with all dress codes -Forget the cute 'no space' clutch or bulky 'I look like I'm taking the kitchen sink' bag.
THE TWO THINGS THAT WILL SAVE YOU AND GET MORE OUT OF PACKING LIGHT:
The two biggest things that will save you in fickle weather conditions and weight constrictions is bringing the right a coat and a pair of tights!!
- The great thing is that you can carry your coat on the plane and weight won't be considered, while it will be needed if the weather drops, but you don't have to worry about extra layers like cardigans or sweaters that won't work the same and end up a wasted item. I love my purple Miss Sixty coat that my sister found years back on a trip to New York! The colour adds an extra dimension to every outfit and it goes with more combinations than you would think -like a standard safe colour does. The key is to picking the right silhouette that is great for casual outfits and fancier occasions -go for a more tailored cut. If you think the weather is definitely not going to get that cold, choose a trench coat option instead.
- Tights are the most underrated clothing item! I like buying mine in a textured fabric or even obvious patterns to add an extra details; the ones from the supermarket are just as good quality too -just pick a higher denier. The best bit is you can still wear cute and shorter clothing options for nice weather, and these babies will give you instant warmth if needed. This way you aren't having to pack more clothing. It's also an extra shield from any potential blisters if you are doing a lot of walking.
*Side note: Actually there's a third, if your anything like me this will be vital DON'T FORGET THE BANDAIDS!!
I find that shopping for the perfect jacket or coat is never there when you actually need it or in the right season, so I always get it when I see it and pick a silhouette that will take you through many seasons regardless of the colour -a coat in a bright colour will still work as long and the silhouette is just right. You don't always have to spend 'invest' a lot of money on the right coat either! Purchasing at end of season mark downs will save you $$ and keeping an eye on flash sales as well. Don't forget if you like to travel, there is always somewhere in the world at any given time that needs warmer clothes -just some shopping justification for you :)
I rounded up some cute coats to add to your wardrobe for when the weather needs it, and the majority of them are really affordable!!