I'm a notorious over packer - I honestly can't help it, that was until this last trip to Charleston! I was very adamant about preparing what I was going to wear every day and night and laying items out to ensure that I didn't take anything that wasn't needed. Don't get me wrong - I can pack everything into one carry-on, but I always end up over packing and not wearing half my clothes. I was on a mission to have space left over (really good since I ended up buying a few items) and here's how I did it. I also have a few little tricks I like to use while travelling so keep reading!
First things first - the luggage. Last year we decided to ditch our soft sided carry-on's that were always bulky and puffing out for the hard case ones. They are light weight and easy for anyone to lift into the overhead bins! We found ours at TJ Maxx, but I found our exact pair for the same price on Amazon! I like them for a few reasons, but the main one being they are TSA approved so you're never questioned if they fit in the overhead storage!
When it comes to packing I don't necessarily have a method that works the best - like only rolling clothes or only folding clothes - I sort of do it by the article of clothing I'm working with. On the left side I start with things I always know I need to pack including delicates, hair tools and purses.
I also add in some heels and my pj's. I always make sure the shoes I'm bringing have dust bags - you'll notice the black flats I pack in the front fit perfectly in the pocket so I didn't worry about a dust bag for that. After closing that side up, I put in things that I might need to grab for easily like my charger or umbrella. I would like to point out that I only brought three pairs of shoes on this trip - one of the pairs I wore on the plane. That is due in part to my amazing heels that match everything!
On the right side is where it starts to get a bit tricky, but there is a method to the madness. I start with heavy items like jeans and fold them on the bottom. Then just layer to the top finding little crevasses where things can easily fold into or be rolled into.
I also like to add a few dryer sheets so that when I open my luggage it smells fresh like it just came from the laundry! I still have lots of room so that's where my toiletries, makeup and jewelry come in.
I like to pack everything that is used for hair, in the shower or at night in it's own Ziploc bag. Sample sizes are where it's at when travelling.
I mentioned in my recap that the evian mist spray was our life saver and it's amazing to spritz after long flights for a quick wake me up. Make-up wipes are another item I only use while travelling since hotel soap is so hard to remove makeup!
I like to lay out my options for jewelry and this is probably where I over pack the most. I took some heavier earrings but honestly my lobes weren't feeling it so I stick to the others. One necklace and a few bracelets that I can layer is all I need.
My sister bought this travel jewelry organizer with me a while ago, but I really like this Vera Bradley one.
This is the makeup that I took with me to Charleston and I seriously didn't pack as much as I normally do, but I could have done without the mini travel Tarte palette I brought. All of this fits into my vera bradely makeup travel tote - same bag I bring with me when I go to the gym in the mornings.
Things that can leak or need to be separated I put into another Ziploc bag and then I'm DONE!!
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