Sunday, January 8, 2012
Self-doubt aside and garments chosen, here are my tips for getting it done. After all, I have a reputation to uphold. My record; ONE carry-on suitcase for THREE weeks in Europe! Here are my top ten "tried and true" tips for packing:
#1 Roll Everything that will roll! Yes, I know, it's hard right after you ironed everything, but it will be fine, rolling means less wrinkles and much more space.
#2 For a two-week trip you really only need three pair of pants, less if one pair is black and stretchy!
#3 Never pack more than two pair of shoes and never buy new shoes right before a trip!
#4 Take only three pair of undergarments and wash one pair/day
#5 Don't stress over toiletries (i.e. too big for security, etc.) they sell toothpaste in Europe, n'est-ce pas...?
#6 Take a favorite scarf, It can actually take the place of warmer clothes; wear it on the plane, you will feel warmer. Cover your face with it when you want to sleep, cover your head with it if it is raining or cold, it will spruce up whatever you are wearing and make you look, oh so "Continental".
#7 Tuck socks and any other little stuff inside your shoes.
#8 Pack undergarments in a gallon zip lock bag, then squish out all the air...makes it flat as a pancake and keeps security agent's hands off!
#9 I leave my vitamins behind....not saying you should, each to their own, but I find my schedule is usually off-kilter and I forget to take them anyway, it saves space and bother.
#10 Never take more than you can comfortably pick up and carry around the block, really.
Almost finished! Zip bags sit on top of rolled clothes...one pair of shoes, a few small items go in outer pockets and my carry-on still has room for souvenirs! I'd better get with it, Disney beckons!!
Do you have an "insider" tip for packing efficiently?? Please share!