What I’ve been doing for my last dozen trips is tallying up what I wore – and what I didn’t wear – after I get home and begin to unpack. On the next trip, I only bring the things I wore.
I also plan my outfits in advance on paper. If I’m feeling extra Virgo-y I will even pack each outfit in a plastic bag with underwear, socks, and accessories together. This is a great trick when you know you are going to a place where you won’t be able to unpack fully, or when you will be squeezed into a tight space, like on a boat. In the summer I often find myself staying in places where I can’t unpack fully, or on a floating accommodation. You won’t find me complaining about staying on a boat, of course. It’s like heaven to me. Still, here are a few tips to make it stress-free:
- Less is more. (try limiting yourself to 3 pairs of shoes)
- Stick to one or two color groups.
- Don’t throw in random pieces that don’t go with anything.
- Pick dresses which can go day to night, beach to BBQ.
- Check the weather in advance.
- Map out what you will wear each day you are there. Don’t forget your travel day outfits
- Include one dressier outfit or dress that takes up little space. You never know when you will be invited to a fabulous party!
- Think double-duty. For example, the clothing line jiacollection.com offers reversible clothing so that you can get double the wear. This piece can go over jeans, a dress, or as a bathing suit cover up: http://jiacollection.com/shop/cardigan/dorris/
- Short caftan tunics are great double-duty. You can wear it as a top, or as a beach cover-up.
- To avoid the sweat issue, use dress shields.
- Pick items which can get double- and triple-usage… for example, bring one print or colored scarf to jazz up everything.
- Pack a Sholdit to carry your valuables and still look cool (It’s a scarf with a built in secret pocket).