HOW TO PACK LIKE A PRO THIS SUMMER

Eugenia Kim Do Not Disturb hat via Gary Pepper Girl. Photo by Luke Shadbolt.

Eugenia Kim Do Not Disturb hat via Gary Pepper Girl. Photo by Luke Shadbolt.

Summer's almost here and it's time to prep for summer travel. Not that we love packing any more than the next person, but you've gotta know we love making the most out of our overnight bags, weekenders, and suitcases. And, because we love feeling ready more than the average person, here are our tips to help you pack like a pro.

Before we jump in though, let's talk about this Do Not Disturb hat by Eugenia Kim that I just about die over. I did a little research for you and it's currently available at Bloomingdales.

 

First, don't under-estimate the power of a packing list. And no matter what you've read, there's no "one-size fits all" here. Our needs differ just as our personalities and they depend on your final destination, event or the occasion, but take our word for it, a good check list can be your first class ticket to a great trip. For packing lists by city and season, you might want to check out Her Packing List. They offer a packing list for just about anywhere.

1. Get the important stuff packed first.  This includes you passport or drivers license, airline information and hotel confirmation, medication, keys, camera, and remember to check-in 24 hours prior to your flight time. Choose the right travel bags, organize and neatly pack your stuff with packing cubes, check TSA regulations before packing liquids and toiletries, protect your passport and travel documents and keep your flight essentials within reach with a Seat Pak. See our Flight 001Shop. I think we have you just about covered on The Organizing Store.

 

Courtesy of Calypso, St. Barth

Courtesy of Calypso, St. Barth

2. Plan your outfits from head to toe. This is a great tip for anyone who tends to over pack. I start by planning each outfit by day and the activities ahead. I feel more organized and less overwhelmed. Next, I lay out my shoes, accessories and jewelry. I plan two outfits per day, one for daytime or beach and one for whatever we have planned at night. Once I have my plan down, I start to pack and I begin with my shoes at the bottom of my bags. I find the easiest way to keep clothing organized and wrinkle free is by using packing cubes, rolling or stacking clothing by type. Use garment bags for hanging garments, fold them over and add them as the top layer and last items to go into your suitcase before closing. Shoe bags are a must for me.

3. Keep a toiletry bag ready to go at all times. Whether your off to Italy or Palm Springs, you need the same toiletries. I keep my toiletry bag filled with travel size toiletries, cleansers, moisturizers, vision care, hair care, a razor, deodorant and my favorite fragrance. I use a Lay-N-Go Cosmo for cosmetics, so my makeup is literally ready to go in a cinch. It's actually probably one of the smartest organizing tools I own.

Image courtesy of Harper's Bazaar.

Image courtesy of Harper's Bazaar.

4. Bring casual + dressy jewelry, accessories and shoes. I pack a statement belt and earrings, a scarf (or two), a great wrap for evenings, shoes according to events, meetings, dinners or my moods and a versatile evening bag, along with the casual bag I travel with. Include a neutral or black pair of strappy heels and a classic pair of flat sandals. Accessories can change-up or create a whole new outfit when you're in a pinch. Never, ever pack jewelry in a bag or suitcase that will be checked. Instead, use a jewelry roll that fits into your carry on. The same rule applies for medications.

Courtesy of Everlane.

Courtesy of Everlane.

5. Use a rolling laptop case or a carry on for the extras. This is where I pack my electronics and chargers, headphones, travel pillow and my latest reads. Everything should be contained inside your bag. If you prefer a carry on bag over a rolling laptop case, it should double as a laptop or beach bag.

6. Bring pieces that work double duty. If it's good enough for Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton, recycled outfits are good enough for us. A white eyelet sundress can double as a beach cover up, a pair of black pumps can change everything and adding a fun clutch with the wrap you carried on the plane, can give you a brand new look.

7. About the extras. For me, it's a pair of sport socks and a sweater wrap, because I'm ALWAYS cold on the plane. I lay these items out along with my travel outfit so I'm sure they go out the door with me. I also like to take along my own laundry bag to keep dirty clothes separated from the clean ones. I have several from The Laundress that I keep inside my suitcases. They're laundered when my clothes are and put right back in my suitcases so they're ready for my next trip.

Photo by The Grosby Group/AKM-GSI via Who What Wear.

Photo by The Grosby Group/AKM-GSI via Who What Wear.

8. Keep it simple on travel day. We look for comfort and style when we head to the airport and we're all about Jessica Alba's travel style, from the panama to the Jenni Kayne D'orsay flats. A casual look that includes jeans, a white tee, a blazer or wrap, is typically what you'll find us in.

9. At the end of the day, don't stress. We can almost guarantee there are stores, shops & boutiques just about anywhere you're headed. We also find that we surprise ourselves with the amount of creativity we drum up when we're in a pinch. We've done some of our greatest mix + match work due to a change in weather or an impromptu lunch or dinner.

10. Use luggage tags. You'll want to easily identify your luggage on the carousel and be set to jet. And, the last thing you want is to arrive to the hotel and realize you have someone else's black bag and they have yours. Include your cell number on your tags, in case someone grabs your bag by mistake. Trust us, we've been there.

Last, but not least...have fun and safe travels.