The Best Packing Tips

My husband is a professional very experienced traveler. He’s traveled around the world many times over . I’ve traveled a little , but nothing like him. He’s a professional . And as he says, “real travelers” DON’T check luggage . They carry on. Yuk. This is close to impossible for me , a fashion stylist and personal shopper! I have to admit , though, there ARE advantages to carrying on . You save time , money and you don’t run the risk of lost or stolen luggage. However, it is always a big challenge for me, especially when you’re referring to atrip to the UK in the late summer when the temps can range from 50 to 80 degrees. Here are several quick and simple packing tips : 1) Purchase reusable vacuum packing bags for smaller items – these will shrink your bras, undies, swimsuits, socks and tights and take all the air out so you reduce space. The reusable part is required so you can get everything back home. 2) Stay with a single color theme – What I try to do is pack all black or all brown accessories. I usually go with black. For example, I pack a black trench coat, black shoes , black sandals and I pack clothes that will match with black. 3) Limit shoes – Now if you’re a large show size , you’re going to have to really limit the number of pairs of shoes you can bring to– two, or at the most three. Sizes five – eight can usually get away with as many as four . (Assuming one pair is flip flops/ballet flats or flat sandals.) I always have to bring sneakers (just in case I get the urge to run ) The other two pairs are : one closed toe comfy booties and one open toe casual to dressy sandal (usually a wedge). 4) Pack the garment bag – I REALLY jam this bag with as much as it will take . I put all my hanging clothes and pants and blouses…basically all my clothes) inside the suit bag. Never use wide hangers or else you can only fit a lot fewer items. NOTE: If you don’t have a carry on that has an built in garment bag…Buy one! 5) Liquids – Since we are so limited on our liquids , here are a few ways to make the most of your plastic storage bag. Pack only deodorant. Skip shampoo (the hotel will have it). Only pack travel size hair conditioner . Bring one small bottle of face lotion with SPF and another 3 ounce bottle of sunscreen. I usually bring my liquid foundation. (I just don’t like powders.) Pack a small tube of toothpaste and that should be everything . If you have a little extra room, throw in your eye cream or toner. 6) Skip hairdryer – make sure the hotel has one. If you want to bring a curling iron or straightening iron, splurge a travel size. They’re inexpensive and save a lot of space. 7) BIG handbag – the larger your handbag, the more room you’ll have to stuff in things like: cameras, toiletries, books, magazines, snacks, etc. Of note: If you’re booked on a full-flight and have no chance of getting on the plane in the first couple of groups, you’re probably going to have a rough time finding an empty spot in the overhead bin near your seat. It might not be worth it. BUT, you can always ask about gate checking if there’s no room in storage bins. When you gate check, they hold your bag and give it back to you at the destination gate (Not baggage claim) so you get it immediately after landing. I know it’ll take a little time and preparation to travel light, but it’s more than worth it. …Carry on! If you need help selecting looks for your trip … be sure to check out BusbeeStyle.com!

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