|It's a thing of beauty.|
I read an awesome book about 10 years ago called "Smart Packing for Today's Traveler" that got me started on this road to Unbelievable Packing Cleverness. Since then, I've whittled it down to a science.
The suitcase I'm featuring here is a Samsonite Hardside Omni Expandable 24-inch Spinner, but I can pack almost this much stuff in their hardside 20-inch spinner (here's a cute 20-inch in Caribbean Blue!) After years of trying different types of suitcases, I am now utterly devoted to hardside luggage. It's feather-light, has more cavity space (Samsonite's suitcases are basically ALL cavity space,) and can stand up to being tossed, loaded, and stacked on flights like a pro.
However, my packing tips will work in softside luggage as well (here's an affordable 24-inch softside in Olive with high reviews,) so no worries if that is what you have.
First, Figure Out Your Travel Outfit
|T-shirt from Walmart, Eddie Bauer sweater, Uggs, and a Dooney and Bourke bag.|
I also always take a cardigan or hoodie, even in summer. Something warm but not too bulky so I can stuff it in my carryon if need be.
First Layer in the Suitcase, Clothing Side
Second Layer, Clothing Side
(BTW, I probably wouldn't have room for the slippers and the back care stuff in my 20-inch spinner, but I have packed the yoga mat in it before.)
|Pants part 1|
|Pants part 2|
|Rolled tees and tops, started|
When you finish, your rolled clothes will look something like this:
Now your clothes side should look like this:
|Pants folded over the rolled tees and tops|
Toiletries and Self-Care Items
|I need a lot of Self-Care stuff.|
So That's It
Now in case you're wondering what goes in my carryon bag (if you're nosy like me)--here is a hot insider's list: In my new Dooney & Bourke bag that I bought because it's just the right size for my laptop, I have my already-seasoned instant oatmeal (airport breakfast=hot cup of water with lid from Starbucks and the contents of this baggie); my laptop and charger, extra flash drive, phone charger, and headphones; my business cards; my wallet; tissues, glasses, and my see-through bag of lip stuff, ibuprofen, hair bands, mints, hand sanitizer, mascara, and lotion.
So there you go! Perfectly packed, à la Jayla.
|I'm basically Travel Barbie.|
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