This isn’t entirely fashion-related, but if your clothes and shoes don’t make through the flight/trip, then you can’t look great at your destination! I’ll be the first to admit that I am a bit of a perfectionist, yet I was always a last-minute, sloppy packer. I would literally be jumping on my suitcase the morning of my flight, willing it to zip.
Until last summer’s trip to New York City. My favorite pair of Aldo wedges were bumped and scuffed from rubbing against each other during the flight. So here is my comprehensive tutorial to packing, so you and your belongings make it safely.
First, I start by laying everything I want to take, by outfit. This way I don’t forget a belt, a strapless bra, or anything that I might need.
Since we are traveling to Vegas, where the temps are in the low 80s, it’s shorts and skirts for me!! A lot of my skirts have embellishments. This Alexander Wang skirt, for example, has hooks and eyes the whole way down, which could potentially snag another piece. To solve this, I sandwich the skirt between two pieces of tissue paper and roll it like a sushi roll:
For my nicer shoes, I stuff my shoe boxes with paper towels, and keep my shoes in their dust bags, to keep them safe.
I put my purses in their dust bags, and pack those first:
For shoes without boxes (like my favorite Aldo wedges that have scuffs on them from the NYC fiasco), I wrap them in tissue paper and stack those at the bottom of the suitcase:
I fold up my shorts, skirts, and tops, and pack them. Some people roll everything, but I am a fan of a straight fold – must have been all those years working retail.
I set my “sushi rolls” of clothes between the shoe boxes and my loose clothes, and put my belts in the extra bit os space.
I gently fold this David Lerner dress, it has leather paneling, and doesn’t show creases. I don’t roll this in tissue, rather fold the tissue around it. I do this for one of my nice skirts, too.
These go on top of everything else in the suit case:
Bathing suits, unmentionables, and an extra phone case go in my mesh pocket. I added sunscreen and my Downey Wrinkle Releaser in my plastic pocket, and add my Coach jewelry box into the last bit of extra space.
I was hoping to get everything into one suit case, but I couldn’t jam my toiletries and make up into this bag, plus there was no room for any new purchases. So, I busted out the smaller roller bag:
Which meant I could add another bag and a pair of shoes, with room for my toiletries and any new goodies! I added some extra tissue paper, for the return home, in case any rip upon arrival. And that’s it!
Enjoy your week, I will be updating when I get home from my trip, follow me on instagram @heyitsjenna for more frequent updates 🙂
Suit cases by Diane Von Furstenberg, similar here.