Clothes on the go: Packing tips

Before any great vacation can begin, you’ve got to get packing!

I’ve found myself to be traveling a lot within the past few years. Between visiting friends, family, holidays, and vacations there are a lot of places to go and people to see. Whether I’m leaving for a week, two weeks, or even a few days, gathering and organizing my clothes and accessories is a big task. I stress out for weeks before just thinking about what I want to wear on these trips, and that leaves me wondering how I’m going to pack it all!

Almost always, I pack WAY more than I end up needing. When I get home and unpack my bags I regret bringing so much. I should have known ahead of time that I wouldn’t have worn nearly as much as I brought!

So with all of my traveling experience, here’s a small guide that I’ve come to live by. Packing may be the most dreaded part of any trip, but it’s crucial in ensuring that you have the necessities to survive away from home.

Hopefully, this can help you when you’re planning your next getaway – because after all, your focus should be on enjoying your trip and not worrying about what’s in your bag.

Always bring a jacket

Make sure you have easy access to it when you travel. Whatever your means of travel may be, the weather can be unpredictable. Planes are known to always be chilly. Long car rides with the windows down lead to temperatures dropping, and with public transportation, it’s probably better to be safe than sorry. Most likely you’ll be happy you have that jacket in your bag ready to pull out when it starts getting a bit too cold for your comfort.

Take shoes you know are comfortable

I always make sure to have a minimum of three pairs of shoes that I know are comfortable, cool, and go with my outfits. This way I know I’ll be wearing them for sure. I try to bring one pair of sneakers, boots/booties or sandals (depending on the season), and slide-on mules.

Plan outfits beforehand, but keep the tones neutral

You never know when you’ll need to mix and match. Having basic pieces gives you the freedom to change an outfit at the last minute.

Roll, don’t fold.

You can fit way more in your bag this way. But if you do run out of space and end up really needing to smush things into the bottom of your bag, have the jeans do your dirty work. They are the article of clothing least likely to show crease marks once you put them on.

If you’re not sure that you’ll end up wearing it, just bring it — but ONLY if you have the space

Better safe than sorry. I can’t tell you the number of times I decided not to bring a sweater last minute and then when on vacation wished I could have it with me. So, my best advice to you is that if you have the room to fit in that black dress that you may or may not wear, play it safe and throw it in your bag. You just never know!

Keep a little extra space for souvenirs

There’s always a chance you’ll end up on an impromptu shopping spree and run into the most beautiful pair of knee-high boots that you absolutely need – only then do you realize that you literally don’t have the space to take them back (trust me, it happens…).

Now get packing! 🙂

Rina Jacobs is a recent graduate of Yeshiva University with a degree in Media Studies. She is currently working as a fashion closet freelancer for the Hearst Women’s Fashion Group. During her free time, Rina enjoys exploring the city and spending time with friends.