Have suitcase, will travel!

PACKING LIKE A PRO!

Okay so you are getting ready to head out of town, but what to pack? Aloette ladies know how to pack. There is nothing worse than lugging around an overpacked suitcase for a 2-day adventure or under packing for a weeklong trip. No worries, we have you covered. Before packing here are a couple key questions you must ask yourself before you grab your suitcase.

  1. Where are you going?
  2. How long will you be gone?
  3. What does your itinerary look like?
At some-point, we’ve all sat on a suitcase.

So, let’s ‘unpack’ each of these questions. See what I did there? We know that was corny, but you laughed. Where are you going? You do not want to pack stilettos for a rugged trip to the mountains/beach, right? Also, it is important to use your weather app and check the temperature for the area you are traveling. A few years back Aloette went to BANFF in Canada. Truly one of the coolest trips. I remember packing my suitcase with cute summer dresses and outfits because we were traveling in July. The night before we left a friend of mine checked the weather in Banff. I was going to FREEZE at night. I quickly emptied my suitcase and packed laying clothes and a heavy jacket. I swapped my strappy sandals for closed in shoes.  I had the BEST TIME because I was prepared when I arrived.

Always pack 2-3 EXTRA outfits.  Things happen. Coffee spills…sometimes wine happens. Don’t forget to pack an extra outfit or two for mishaps.  If your trip is more than 4 days, you might need to pack a carry-on or weekender bag along with your medium-large suitcase. Take advantage of your bonus bag. Pack your jammers and an extra outfit. If you are flying, you will be happy you have an overnight bag on your trip. These come in handy if you have any adventures such as luggage misplacement or a little extra airport time. Things happen, it’s all part of the adventure.

Map out your attire based on your itinerary. Print it out, write your outfit ideas beside each activity. Once you map out your outfits you can effectively pack and plan for an organized trip. Place your itinerary on top of your clothes before you close your suitcase. You will need the itinerary for your tip and now it has your outfits planned out and ready to tackle the day.  Shoes take up so much space in my suitcase and they are heavy. I like to look at my outfits and see how many I can pair with 2-3 pairs of shoes.

Bonus packing must-haves are slippers, lighted mirror, and a blanket.  Slippers are great when you need to walk around your hotel room. Lighted mirrors are MUST-HAVES because most hotels do not have great lighting.  Yes, your hotel room has bedding, but sometimes you just need a travel blankly.

SUCCESS!

I hope this helps your next trip go smoothly.  Aloette will be traveling ABROAD to Ireland this year so stay tuned for TRAVEL TIPS FROM ACROSS THE POND.

Aloette South

Writer, Megan Spring

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