Get Out There!

Life is like a journey, that you’re not always prepared for. When it comes to traveling there’s somethings that us girls are always prepared for and that’s looking cute and and prepared.

One thing that I’ve learned traveling throughout Europe is that there has to be a purpose when packing for your road trip. Besides, who wants to lug around a lot of luggage? or press clothes? Not me. If you’re like me, I prefer to do carry-on instead of checking in bags, unless it’s for a extended amount of time.

But first there’s some prep work involved. So what’s your itinerary? Why are you going to this event? What’s the attire requested? What events are planned?  One thing that I do is call ahead to the hotel to ask what’s available as far as toiletries so that I don’t have to bring much, where’s the nearest CVS store of medications.  All of these question must be answered so the packing is easy peasy. 

Here is a nifty travel bag for toiletries. Plus it gives them the ability to stay upright. Remember, we must have items that fall in line with TSA guidelines. This will hold:

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash.

  • Hair brush or comb, hair ties

  • Deodorant.

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Make up bag. (smoky eye shadow palette, liner, mascara, lipstick, foundation and powder)

  • Face wash and makeup remover wipes and q-tips.

  • Night time Moisturizer/Lotion

From pants, dresses and shoes, when traveling, look for storage ideas that are compact so they can easily fit into an carry-on or small suit case. Take the storage bags for your underwear and bras.

I found this cute underwear and bra organizer on 4days + 4 pairs of underwear and bras. Can’t beat that + it will fit in your suitcase or carry on.  HINT: After, you’ve ran out of underwear, easily slide them into a small makeup bag. This way when you get home, it easy to throw them in the laundry.

Suitcase Packing
Next, we want to fill the space in our suitcase so items don’t shift and get crushed. Lay out all items before putting anything into your suitcase.  This goes for your wrap around  or maxi dress that you can dress up for a night out or little brunch with your girlfriends. Since dresses can wrinkle easy, lay them flat on the bottom of the carry-on or suitcase so the items that you’ll place on top will serve as a wrinkle remover. 

Fill the outer area around it with rolled clothes. Rolled clothes include your jeans and t-shirts. Shoes can fill in empty spaces; place socks into shoes or other openings. When packing heel, it’s wise to place insert so that they keep their shape and place them in show bags to preserve their sassiness.

Bonus: Place hanging outfits in dry cleaning bags. Yes, this will reduce friction and wrinkling.

That’s all that I have today. A video tutorial for packing will be up in my Facebook Group, Organized by Linda next week. 

xoxo Linda, The Organizing Contessa

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