Recently I've become a (self-proclaimed) expert on how to pack efficiently and effectively for weekend trips. After living abroad for four months out of a carry-on bag, I had to learn a trick or two on how to make packing less of a chore. If you're doing it right, all you need is a carry-on bag (and a small purse) to fit your things. (Can I get an amen for not having to wait in line to check in baggage?!)
With these quick tricks of mine, you will learn how to pack light for your next weekend trip while staying stylish!
STICK TO A SINGLE COLOR SCHEME
Pick pieces that are within the same color scheme so you can easily mix-and-match. Save yourself any future headaches or wardrobe malfunctions by keeping it simple. You don't want to waste time figuring out which top goes with which bottom or if the shoes matches the purse while you're there. Bring clothes that have been tested as favorites so you can feel confident! The best part of sticking to one color scheme is that outfits become easily transformed from day to night.
LET YOUR ACCESSORIES DO THE TALKING
Since I tend to keep my clothes pretty basic, I like to incorporate bold accessories to create some sort of statement. In the above mix, I tried to offset a lot of the black going on by throwing in a floral kimono for layering, a bright, blue bag for a pop of color, and unique shoes to add playfulness.
PACK DRYER SHEETS
I never pack a bag without at least one sheet because it makes your clothes smell nice after being stuffed in a bag. If you can't pack perfume because it's over 3.2 ounces, no fret because the dryer sheets will leave your clothes smelling like a field on a sunny day. Or something.
WEAR YOUR ACCESSORIES ON THE PLANE
Save space in your bag by wearing your heaviest clothing items (bulkier shoes, cardigan, etc.) and wear your accessories. Security now allows jewelry too so you don't have to worry about taking those off. I always try to wear a cardigan or scarf on a plane to save space in my bag. I also tend to fall asleep on planes (with mouth wide open) and like to put sunglasses on to save myself a bit of dignity. #teamclassy
SAVE YOUR TRAVEL-SIZE TOILETRIES
Most hotels partner with a beauty brand (C.O. Bigelow is a common one) and offer their own travel-size toiletries. Whether I use it on the trip or not, I like to take them home with me so I can pack it for my next trip! It saves me the fuss of looking for 3.2 oz containers or last-minute shopping. (Pro tip: My friend recently told me she saves her Bath & Body hand sanitizer containers to re-fill shampoo/conditioner for future trips. It's the perfect size with a large enough opening to pour in liquid.)
USE A POUCH - OR TWO
Staying organized is always a battle when all of your belongings is in a bag. Separating your items into pouches or smaller bags will save you so much time later on when you're searching for specific items. Pouches also tend to add more space in your bag because you can stack them. I always include advil, gum, contact case with solution, glasses, makeup, and electronic chargers in case I get uncomfortable on the plane.