I love a good packing challenge. I’ll never forget the trip where I was able to fit all of our belongings for ONE WEEK in ONE carry-on – for a family of four! (That’s two adults, two kids, and 1-2 pairs of shoes apiece plus snacks). Disclaimer: we’ll take a backpack for things we might need en-route, too. I don’t use packing cubes to make space, but I do try to find the balance between bringing what we will need and pairing things down to the essentials of what will be used. Allow me to share some simple packing tips, and a wish that everything falls beautifully into place for your upcoming vacation:
A-LIST: I make a list on my iPhone of everything each person needs – clothing, toiletries/first aid, footwear or accessories like sunglasses and electronics/chargers. Everything goes on that list, no matter how seemingly obvious it is to bring, otherwise I’m sure it would become lost in the shuffle. Once it’s safely in the bag, it gets deleted from the list.
HOW’S THE WEATHER: I add the location of where we’re headed to my iPhone, so I have a better idea of what we’ll need (on this recent trip the weekly forecast looked sunny, and in one day it changed to all rain and thunderstorms, so there you go!)
ROLL IT LIKE MARIE: Instead of folding clothes, I roll them. This is an amazing Marie Kondo method that I’ve been doing for over a decade too. A good rule is to put your heaviest items on the bottom (like shoes). When you roll your clothes you can fit them tidily in your suitcase and also stack them, Tetris style, in the nooks and crannies that are created for maximum space. Keep your accessories in slim, tidy travel pouches so they don’t get misplaced.
EDIT LIKE ANNA: I find it most practical to put everything in one room, do a final edit with a critical eye, and then pack. I also like outfits and comfortable shoes that can double during the day and the night. My go-to’s are Rachel Pally for easy, flowy dresses with this Worthy Threads jean jacket (adorable puffy sleeves, by the way) if there are evening breezes. Sustainably minded Eileen Fisher makes stylish footwear that you can actually walk in. Simple everyday jewelry plus a statement necklace are probably all you need.
HYDRATING SKINCARE: We all benefit from having skincare and makeup that’s tried and true when we travel – who wants to deal with dryness (or breakouts) on the road?
You can’t go wrong with these multi-tasking, hydrating skincare products. Soft Sweep Micellar Cleanser + Toner gently wipes away dirt, oil and light makeup and sunscreen – clearing pores and refreshing skin. Try these Biodegradable Towelettes – they are TSA approved! Deep Moisture Fix is a beauty editor favorite for plumping hydration and a frequent flyer must-have, with multi-level Hyaluronic Acid and soothing Aloe Vera. Of course, SPF is necessary every day – whether you’re in Miami, Colorado, Paris or home! I also add some light cosmetics (CC Cream, eyeliner, mascara, a nude eyeshadow palette).
The last word: whether you’re headed to the beach, the city or enjoying the great outdoors, I wish you a great adventure!
Leave me a comment about your upcoming (or recent) trip and your packing strategy.
With Thanks & Care,
Bio: Michelle is a former beauty executive and contributing writer who loves being part of the Care Skincare Team. She’s married with two small children who have more energy than all the drinks on a Starbucks menu.