Packing for Idiots (Me)

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Mind you, this post is coming from the worst packer in the history of packing, so you’re welcome for absolutely nothing.

Precap: Covering what to bring on a Weekend Vacation/Quick Getaway to see your Besties when you’re going from cold climate to a warmer climate. AKA anywhere from the Northeast during Snowpocalypse Winter 2014 to anywhere South of the Border. The border is like Washington D.C. for me apparently?

Denim. Dark denim or black denim or black skinny pants. A MUST – can be worn both daytime & nighttime and literally you can never go wrong with black pants. Also a dress & tights with boots – done.  Jacket – necessary. Layers, duh.

Sneakers – be honest with yourself here because this is a make it or break it item. Sneakers & work out clothes are either something that will waste space in your luggage or you’re really going to miss if you don’t bring. Probably whichever decision you go with, you’re going to regret and wish you had chosen the opposite. Bring sneakers – you will not be able to find a moment to go for a run or work out. Don’t bring them? Plan on having the most active weekend of your life where you either have to squeeze in your friend’s sneakers (she wears a size smaller than you) or buy new.

If all else fails, JUST BRING IT. If you urgently need to, you can always re-buy whatever you forgot. Head to Target and buy a pair of $17.99 sneakers? I mean, good luck with those– but it’s do-able.

My outlook on packing is that I would rather try to pack everything in a carry-on than check luggage, unless it’s absolutely necessary. I do not enjoy baggage claim after sitting on a flight, not one bit. I also like to have major ideas and options available. Do you see the problem here? The collision of two really poor choices? Yeah…. I know. Options are necessary. Because if the vibe changes, I want to be able to keep up. Always pack dressier than you predict. In my opinion, it’s much easier to dress down an outfit than to dress up a pair of boyfriend jeans. I’m lying again. Both are easy to do if you have the right pieces – but remember, you’re on a quick weekend trip with limited options, not in your bedroom with extensive closet options.

Bring interchangeable items so that you can go either way with wardrobe/style/weather/comfort/setting. A daytime flannel doubles as a super casual shirt/jacket over your LBD – turning it very casual for a bar at night versus a fancier dinner or club at night with a chic blazer. Make sure you bring a structured jacket or blazer for all purpose wear. (Blazer/jacket can double as your coat on the plane, your going out at night and your with jeans for lunch in the afternoon).

Scarves are my JAM! Completely changes the way that black tshirt looked that you wore on your flight here and you can wear it again tomorrow during the day with an added floral scarf. Neutral t-shirts/tank tops are as well. Here is the only time where being “basic” is OK – this is the only place though, really. Neutral t-shirts like heather gray, black, white, beige/tan, charcoal – these go with anything and everything. Sorry basics – not sorry. XO Neutral.

Never forget obvious necessities – medications, iPhone chargers, iPad w/ charger, toiletries, UNDERWEAR, socks, cashmere scarf that doubles as a blanket on your flight (much more necessary than originally thought), makeup, brush, blowdrier if needed. To make sure I don’t forget things – I go through my morning routine in my head and write it down. Like every step from the moment I open my eyes until the moment I walk out the door – shower, after shower, getting dressed, brushing teeth,  this is getting so boring I don’t want to write about it anymore.

By the way, I’m not packing the sneakers.

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