Summer Packing Tips
This past weekend finally felt like summer in NYC. It was hot and sunny, people were out and about dressed in their summer attire, streets were full, cafés were packed and there was a feeling of happiness and true summer vibes. It was one of those weekends that reminds you of how special this city is. I met with friends and one of the topics that came up was summer travel. Some friends are travelling within the US, while others are planning on going to more exotic places like southeast Asia. Almost every person I’ve spoken to recently is planning some type of trip this summer. It feels like things are finally getting back to normal and it’s wonderful to see that. All this talk about travel got me thinking about wanting to take a trip myself (a beautiful beach vacation sounds perfect right now!) and that I would love to give you some packing tips for your upcoming summer trips.
Here are some packing tips that you may find useful:
1) Make a list of the things you are thinking of bringing. Think about how long you’ll be going away for, what the weather will be, how many outfits you’ll need, what you’ll wear during the day and wear at night (are there any nice events or dinners you’ll be going to?). My list also consists of shoes, sandals, swimwear, pajamas, toiletries, makeup, jewelry, sunscreen, and a small laundry bag (for dirty clothes).
2) Look over the list you made and cut it by about 25% - 50% less. Most of us overpack (I’m guilty of this too!). Try to bring things that you can dress-up or dress down and combine to put together as other outfits. Consider packing the same color pallet of clothes so you can mix and match them. I also like layering (especially if the destination I’m going to is cooler in the evenings). Less is more!
3) Use packing cubes and/or 2.5-gallon Ziploc bags to pack your things. This helps with saving space and organizing things by type (categories can be pants, shirts, dresses, swim/intimates/socks) or by outfit. The Ziploc bags are great for packing your shoes too, they hold a lot (I can usually fit at least 2 pairs of shoes in one bag) and are transparent so you can easily see your shoes. Smaller quart or gallon size Ziploc bags are useful for toiletries that have the potential of spilling.
4) Pack by rolling or file folding your clothes. By rolling or file folding your clothes you’ll be able to take advantage of the space in your suitcase, especially if you use packing cubes. Also, take advantage of spaces like the inside of your hat (roll some of your shirts inside) and your shoes (you can pack socks, chargers, and sunglasses inside). If you’re planning on taking heavier things like a jacket or booties, instead of packing it wear it, this will save space too.
5) Pack by order of use. Try to pack things by the order that you will use them, things that you plan to use last can go on the bottom while things you will use first on the top. I usually pack my toiletries, glasses, makeup, and jewelry in my backpack and not my carry-on (just in case I have to check-in my carry-on, and something happens to it).
6) Use travel size toiletries. Have a small toiletry bag with all the essentials (in travel size if possible). If you’re going to stay at a hotel, you may be able to take less toiletries since the hotel will likely provide them.
7) Have snacks and entertainment on hand. There have been lots of delays recently at airports. Prepare by bringing snacks that will give you energy in case you have to wait (nuts, granola bars, fruit). You can bring an empty water bottle and fill it up once you pass security. Bring a good book and download your favorite movies/shows. This can come in handy on longer flights or while you’re lounging around on vacation.
8) Prepare your phone for travelling abroad. If you’re flying abroad, make sure your phone works internationally and for longer trips consider purchasing an international sim card. Also remember to bring adapters and a phone charger.
9) IDs, phone, wallet, keys (the essentials!). As long as you have these four things, if you happen to forget something, you can likely purchase it at your destination.
I hope that you find these tips useful.
Wishing everyone a wonderful and safe summer filled with lots of fun and travel!