Most people in the world would tell you that they love travelling, but hate packing. Perhaps the only people fond of the packing process are Monica-types (Friends), although it’s highly doubtful there are many of these outside the fictitious realm. However, whether you’re an avid traveler who lives out of their suitcase, or even if you travel only for holidays, mastering the art of packing is essential for everyone.
Now, who better to take cues from in this department than fashion editors? Not only do they travel frequently, but they also know clothes and beauty inside out, which makes them THE people to turn to, so let’s.
Two Birds, One Stone
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One of the most ingenious packing tricks is rolling. Yes, roll your clothes instead of folding them. This way, not only do you maximize the space in your suitcase, thus leaving plenty of room for your accessories and beauty supplies, but you also avoid the dreaded creasing and wrinkling. Whether you’re going away on business or on holiday, the last thing you need is a suitcase full of clothes that you have to either iron or go around looking like something from the clearance bin.
Save The Dust Cloth Bags
When you purchase a purse or a pair of shoes, they usually come with a dust cloth bag. Don’t dispose of these, as they will save your life and luggage. Place your bags and your chosen footwear in these before placing them in the suitcase so as to prevent them from coming into contact with your clothes. That helps keep everything neat and clean, plus, it helps the shoes and bags from being squished. Bring an extra one, it will come really handy for separating dirty laundry.
Pre-plan Is The Name Of The Game
There are two kinds of travelers – those who over-pack and end up not wearing the majority of items they carried and those who under-pack and end up missing pieces to create an outfit. In order to avoid either situation, always pre-plan your outfits. A perfect top won’t do you any good if there’s nothing you can pair it with, right? Always make sure to pack a couple of elegant designer dresses, as you never know when the opportunity to wear them will arise. Every trip comes with certain surprises, so always be prepared.
Now, if you’re staying somewhere for an extended period of time, there is little chance you’ll be able to pack a number of separate outfits to last you the entire trip. This is why it’s always a good idea to decide on a color scheme. This is one of the best tricks because non-clashing prints and color palettes go well together, so you’ll be able to mix and match and make outfits seem fresh even when they’re created using a limited number of elements.
All Those Jewels
With the clothes come accessories, but one of the biggest hassles is preventing necklaces from getting tangled. Your best bet is to pack them in plastic wraps. Press 'n Seal is the absolute best choice as this wrap sticks together when you press it, ensuring that necklaces don’t come anywhere near one another.
Beauty On The Go
Investing on lip palettes is always a great idea because it gives you plenty of lip color options without having to carry ten separate tubes. When it comes to the rest of your makeup, always bring your go-to foundation (you don’t want to take chances here), mascara, and your must-have eyeshadow palette. The best thing you can do is pack double-duty products such as bronzer and blush as these can serve as eyeshadow and save you from having to pack an entire palette.
Avoid anything that comes in a glass bottle because there’s always the danger of it leaking or breaking. Refillable plastic bottles are always a wonderful option if you don’t want to purchase travel size creams and skincare essentials. Finally, travel size shampoo, conditioner, lotion is a must, unless you’re comfortable with hotel toiletries.
Written by Sophia Smith