After I choose outfits, I take the time to decide which underwear, bra, jewelry and shoes I’ll wear with each one. Doing this allows me to mix bras, shoes and jewelry with multiple outfits so I can pack as little as possible. At this point, I “edit;” adding needed items and removing unnecessary items. I am sure to forget what I planned to wear with what especially when I consolidate accessories so I take pictures of each completed outfits with shoes and jewelry and save them to an album.
When I pack, all similar types of clothing are put together, all the underwear are put into a packing cube, all of the casual clothes are put into a cube, and so on. I can usually pack over a week’s worth of clothes for more than one person in one suitcase. I do like to make sure there’s empty space for the way back for any purchased items and a surprise. (See the bonus below)
Dressy clothes go into a garment bag. Just one trick I use for garment bags- most accommodations have hangers. I use a sturdy hanger and I put multiple dresses on one hanger. I start with the least bulky item and put that on the hanger then I continue putting clothes on the hanger to the most bulky item. This allows me to only have three hangers at the most. If I have more than one hanger, I use a bread tie to hold them together. Minimizing and joining hangers makes them less likely to shuffle all around in transit.
I hope all of my packing tips help you travel more organized and with less stress.
Bonus: I don’t do half of these rituals when I pack to return home. All of the clothes will be washed whether I wore them or not anyway and I’m totally exhausted. On the way home, I stuff the bags and jump on them to make sure they close.