Year after year we find ourselves beholden to the same stressful packing routines. With the best of intentions, we talk a big talk about planning our outfits in advance, checking the weather and dress code vibes of the destination and channelling our inner influencer with head-to-toe outfits perfects for the ‘gram. The reality is we’ve spent more time scrolling through Instagram and creating holiday outfit inspired Pinterest boards than we have productively packed.
Well not anymore, ladies.
This summer we refuse to be caught out by past habits.
This summer will be different.
This summer we will be the packing pros of the nation.
Starting with a fool-proof plan.
Take stock of what you have
By our calculations, you probably completed your last wardrobe cleanse around the end of April. The bags to be donated to the charity shop are still sitting in the garage but that’s a job for another day. All in all, this means we should be off to a good start.
The next concern is whether or not during that cleanse, we got rid of the summer items we now desperately need and want back as life in the tropics is now on the horizon. But that’s ok, now is as good a time as any to cross that bridge and take note of what we do and don’t need post clear out.
Make a list, check it twice and then and only then can you approach the pre-holiday shopping spree.
We’re as guilty as the next person when it comes to overpacking. Every year, a totally bizarre rationale (or lack thereof) washes over us when packing and suddenly we’re overcome with fear that we’ll get to our destination and be overcome with the desire to wear this one particular item of clothing that we’ve not touched in the last 18 months. Suddenly we need to bring with us enough outfits to change at least 7 times a day, have reason to wear 42 different dresses and need to pack every pair of shoes we’ve ever owned. All of this is despite the fact that we’re the queen of outfit repeating in our day to day lives.
Instead, you may have to do a few edits of your original packing inventory. If it’s a beach holiday, you’ll really only need a few bikinis, beach cover-ups and an outfit for dinner. A city break, on the other hand, requires more comfortable shoes and your most versatile pieces of clothing to mix and match and re-wear throughout.
In general, when packing for a holiday, stick to a few colours and pieces that you know work well together to avoid feeling like you’re wearing exactly the same thing every day.
Embrace packing cubes
If you’re serious about changing your ways and becoming a packing pro, it’s time to invest in packing cubes. They’re essential and after just one use you’ll understand why. Although a simple concept, these will completely transform your packing skills, particularly if upon arrival you often open your suitcase to find a chaotic mess where you’ve shoved everything in anywhere.
Once you’ve got these packing cubes in your possession, decide on general categories that your packing inventory can be divided into. This will likely include chargers and cameras, underwear, swimwear, shoes, toiletries and hair styling tools. You’ll be amazed by the benefits. Not only will it speed up the unpacking on arrival (an equally dreaded task) but everything will be much easier to find, will arrive in one piece and most importantly, will leave you with plenty of room for shopping while you’re away.
Evaluate your carry-on essentials
The idea is to keep things as simple as possible while travelling, starting with making sure you have the essentials on hand during your flight. Keep things like headphones, books, magazines, a charger and snacks close by in your hand luggage. Those sitting next to you on your flight will thank you for not getting up every two seconds to get your things plus you can sit back, relax and enjoy your flight on route to your holiday of bliss.
Let’s make this summer better than ever with a packing plan that lets everything run smoothly.