In the previous post’s comments here, nearly five hundred of you shared your best packing tips for travel. In addition, several of you asked to see pictures of how I got all those items in the carry-on, so today, I’m sharing more tips.
As a side note: I hope this will be the last time you see the reflection of my neighbor’s house when I need to use the best available light to share a lesson or outfit. I have ordered a tall room divider for a plain background to allow you to better see and study outfits’ details.
I used one large and two medium packing cubes. First, I neatly stacked the tops and tanks, rolled them up from the bottom, then folded the arms over the top, folded them at the center, and placed them in a medium packing cube.
I repeated the same process with the dresses, pajamas, and white jeans to place them in the large packing cube. Next, I put bras, undies, a swimsuit, and scarves in the other medium cube. If you wear molded cup bras, layer them inside the first and then stuff the inside layer with your undies or socks to maintain the cup shape. Molded cups give a smooth, natural shape without extra padding. (I wear the Shapeez Ultimate style here.) Finally, I placed my shoes in shoe bags and put them at the carry-on’s bottom (wheel side), so they don’t crush anything above them. The flip-flops are for poolside and inside the hotel room only. (I always save the handy dust covers that come with handbags or shoes.)
The tote has plenty of room for the crossbody bag, skincare, makeup, documents, chargers, phone, camera, extra socks, etc. I use the shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and blow dryer provided by the hotel, or I pop into a Walgreens and buy a small size of what I need when I arrive.
Some of your excellent suggestions included wearing fresh outfits after your shower for the evening look and then repeating those elements more casually on the following day. One commenter used math to create the perfect packing formula. Pack two bottoms and four tops that all go together but are different enough to create eight unique looks. A cardigan, jacket, and scarves can significantly increase the number of outfits.
Wearing slip-on shoes while going through security is always a great idea, as is using disposable shoe covers so that your bare feet don’t touch the floor. Leave all your jewelry inside your tote until after you pass through security. (Never take anything irreplaceable with you on vacation.)
Several folks mentioned taking photos of your outfits and your luggage (if it gets lost). Packing outfits by day was another great suggestion. As well as, add a rainproof, hooded jacket.
Congratulations to Gayle Murphy! You are the winner of the beautiful earrings and scarf.
The shell and rattan earrings are here. Different colors of the shells are available. (Use the code SAS10 for $10 off any one item at Beauty in Stone Jewelry.)