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RED SUITCASE: c/o Lipault // PURPLE SUITCASE: c/o Lipault // TEAL WHEELED DUFFEL: c/o Lipault // TOP: Chelsea 28 // JEANS: Topshop // PUMPS: c/o Sam Edelman // BANDANA: Nordstrom // SUNNIES: Prada // EARRINGS: SUGARFIX by BaubleBar
Confession: I used to absolutely dread packing for a trip. I avoided it like the plague and would often wait until the morning I was leaving to pack or stay up until after midnight the night before (which always gave me zombie status on my first day of travel). Since I began blogging and have started traveling much more in the last couple of years, I’ve quickly learned that having a good packing strategy + the right luggage is key to a successful, stress-free trip.
PS – calling all my DFW gals, I’ll be sharing the full scoop on my packing tips this Saturday, May 6th at the Dillard’s at Hulen Mall. Come join me at 1:00pm or 2:15pm to mix, mingle and hear all of my tips.
My Top 3 Packing Tips
1. It Starts With Your Luggage.
Packing smart starts with your luggage, which is why I’m such a big fan of Lipault’s collection. Unlike many of the structured, stiff suitcases and bags out there that you have to get extra reinforcement to zip, Lipault luggage is made from a nylon material that easily shifts and shapes as you zip it up. From the wheeled luggage that offer a top zipper pocket and two roomy pockets inside to the weekend bags which expand to become nearly twice as big, each of Lipault’s bag are designed simply and efficiently for your packing needs. I also love that Lipault suitcases are made from a water-resistant material that holds up over time (because suitcases take a serious beating when traveling!) Last of all, whether you’re using the small carry-on spinner to the largest luggage, Lipault’s wheeled suitcases all come with those amazing 360 wheels that allow you to carry your bags upright or roll them at an angle.
2. Plan Ahead
Disclaimer – I’m definitely not the type-A, super organized girl at heart, but when it comes to packing, I’ve quickly learned that organization and planning ahead is key to a happy, stress-free trip. The week before I leave for a trip. Nowadays, a week before my trip, I always make a hand-written list of all the things I know I’ll need, so I can quickly check them off as I’m packing and do one last check before I head out the door. I don’t just write the items down, though. I’ll also take out my large Lipault Spinner and start putting items in the suitcase when I see them/think of them. Not only does this help me avoid getting overwhelmed on the night before, it also helps me weed out the items I won’t actually need when I finalize my packing.
3. Pack Strategically
Being a fashion blogger, I’m not a girl who travels lightly, but I have learned some tips and tricks on condensing the wardrobe I bring and using every inch of space I have! You’ve probably heard this before, but when you finalize your items and are ready to start packing, don’t fold your clothes – roll them! It is SO true that this saves a ton of space and allows you to pack up to 30% more than what you can when folding. Another tip to maximize space is to use the negative space in your luggage. When packing bulky items like a sun hat for a beach trip or snow/rain boots for colder climates or even a structured bag that doesn’t lay flat, be sure to use that negative space by filling it with some of your smaller items, like your socks or underwear. Last of all, select luggage that fits your packing style. For example, Lipault’s Weekend Bag With Wheels is the ultimate carry-on. With a top handle AND wheels, you can carry it a multitude of ways, and best of all, it expands to be a much bigger bag you can use once you settle in at your hotel.
To hear more of my packing tips, come join me this Saturday, May 6th at the Dillard’s located inside Hulen Mall!
Thanks so much to Lipault and Dillard’s for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.
-Photography by Angie Garcia Photography