Less is always more…difficult. In a time where overabundance is not enough, packing can be hellish. You never know when your sparkly Manalo’s might come in handy on your trans-Europe backpacking trip, ammiright?
My immune system is prone to closest FOMO, and I usually come down with it every time I open a suitcase. Leaving your things behind is hard in a material world, especially when you come down with a chronic case of “my pink satin bomber would’ve been perfect for tonight’s patio dinner”. But honey, get your s*** together.
Streamlining your suitcase is not only good for your back but also your soul. Prioritize what you need. Make a checklist. Google the weather. Pack lots of underwear (don’t roll your eyes at me young lady). Essentially, I (try to) choose outfits that cater to an array of realistic hypothetical situations I’ll find myself in on my trip.
1. Put it in neutral: Obviously. A clean palette allows for endless outfit opportunities. Shades of white, black, gray, even blue and green, are a solid foundation to build upon.
2. Jeans for everything: because you can dress them up, down, diagonal, backwards, et cetera. Skinny, coated, ripped, boyfriend, blue, black. Pick your most worn and call it a day.
3. A 1:1:1 ratio of dress, skirt, short: this is where you cash in your “just in case” card. Something fancy is important because you really never know. A trusty LBD, leather mini or floral midi (depending on location, activities, season etc) and versatile shorts are all you need.
4. Don’t forget your leather jacket: As the omnipresent DJ Khaled would say, this is the key. I mean do I even have to say it?
5. Never underestimate your accessories: They take up little space and transform all your outfits. Focus on your jewelry, scarves etc to create multiple outfits since they’re small and light.
6. Wear your heavy clothes on the plane: If your packing a sweater, boots, scarf or anything that is weightier, where it en route to lighten your load.
7. May the power of your airport ‘fit be ever in your favor: despite the previous tip, your plane outfit is an extra one at best. Try to cater it to your destination because the extra space in your carry on can be used for snacks, obvs.