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How I Approach Packing

How I Approach Packing

A guide to packing, coming from the most indecisive person I know- me.

Packing is my least favorite part of traveling, hand’s down. I hate having to anticipate what I’m going to need or what I’m going to wear, because I change my mind every five minutes. Without a doubt, I always forget something and end up having to buy it there or make due. The week leading up to my departure, you can find me constantly checking the weather where I’ll be. Like anyone, I want to look cute while traveling, but I want to pack appropriately.

One thing that has helped me though is writing my list out as a checklist. I used this when moving into my dorm freshman year, into my apartment, before camp the last two summers, and my last several trips. Writing it down has ensured I don’t forget the essentials!

I try to categorize everything, with boxes to check off (but I don’t mark it until its in my suitcase ready to go). Of course I always have to leave extra space on my list for those items I forget till the end. I write them down regardless after I think of them so I can reference back to my packing list the next time I travel. I’m totally that person who adds things to her checklist just so I can mark them complete…

So here is my initial packing list from NOLA! I just got back and am doing an entire post on the trip, which I’ll post later. It was supposed to be in the 60s while I was there (thankfully it got up into the 70s by the third day), and there was no rain in the forecast. I ended up packing two midi dresses, a jumpsuit, a pair of black Madewell jeans, some nice tops for going out, a warmer sweater, a thicker cardigan sweater, and my favorite jean jacket. It doesn’t excuse me packing five pairs of shoes when I only wore two, but I was pretty impressed with my packing capabilities this time around!

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I took my large suitcase, my backpack, and my purse. We made the 8 hour drive instead of taking a plane, so it wasn’t an issue of having to condense my belongings this time around. With my extra jackets and sweaters, I was glad to have the extra space!

What are you tips for getting ready to travel/packing?


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