Planning what to pack for a trip can be almost as overwhelming as the trip itself. What if you forget something essential? Or worse, what if you overpack and lug around a heavy suitcase? Never fear. With a bit of planning and some helpful tips, packing for your next trip will be a breeze. Read on for our top wardrobe planning and packing tips.
How to Pack a Suitcase
You only need a few clothes if they all fit together. Before you leave on your trip, take some time to think about what you will wear. This way, you will be happy with your choices.
Here are some things to think about before you go on your trip:
- What activities will you be doing, and what kind of clothes will you need for each activity?
- What is the climate and weather like at your destination?
- How many days will the trip take?
- Will you have time to wash your clothes and iron them while on the trip?
- Are there any restrictions on how much luggage you can bring?
You will need different clothes for different situations. Estimate how many clothes you will need for each occasion. For example, you will need office clothes and cocktail sets if this is a business trip with a lot of work and social events. If this is an active vacation with a minimum number of evening events, then the principal amount of clothes will fall on sports and casual, with a couple of “going out” tops and so on. Make a list of all the things you want to do on your trip. Examples could be: going to the beach, and bars, walking around the city, meeting friends, etc. Then, guess how much time you will spend on each activity.
Before you go on a trip, look at the weather forecast. This way, you can pack clothes that will keep you comfortable. For example, even if you’re going to a hot country, it’s a good idea to bring a sweater or jacket in case it gets cold. And if you’re going somewhere cold, it’s helpful to pack some lighter clothes if it gets warm.
Ideally, you should have a set of clothing that can be easily transformed to the possible vagaries of the weather. For example, if you are going to a hot country, you need to provide for the possibility of warming in case of a cold snap. Therefore, you might need a warm top layer – a cashmere jumper, a light raincoat, or jeans. You will also need shoes that can be worn over the toe. And finally, you need a universal “bottom” that can be worn in different situations and which will warm if something happens – for example, full-length jeans. Of course, the same rule applies when you go to a cool climate, where it can be warmer than intended.
This point is related to whether you have the opportunity and desire to wash / iron your things on a trip. The longer you travel, the more difficult it is to have a wardrobe that does not require washing. However, for a vacation of 10-12 days, this is realistic.
The rule is easy:
- underwear-socks-tights go with the number of days;
- tops, t-shirts, blouses, shirts, dresses – based on socks for 1-2 days;
- “bottoms” – based on socks for 3-4 days;
- outerwear – for the entire trip.
Thin knitwear is more versatile than things made of dense fabrics. It is lighter, takes up less space, and does not wrinkle as much. Blazers, suit trousers, oversized sweaters, etc. are less versatile and heavier. If the trip is long and there will be no opportunity to wash things, then it is better to collect sets in dark colors.