Summer, and the living is easy! Unless, of course, you're stressing out about packing for an upcoming trip. As a firm believer that less is more, (at least when I'm travelling!) I am always looking for tips about how to edit, organize, and pack a bag wisely. I have read approximately 1004 such articles, so you can trust me when I summarize the most often cited packing commandments:
Thou shalt not bring more than 3 pairs of shoes!
Choose a color palette and stick with it.
Use accessories to add versatility and a pop of color.
Choose separates that work interchangeably.
I would add - find a comfortable dress that works for day, and with a change of shoes and the addition of jewels will look smashing for evening. Dresses are great because they pack light, and don't require mixing and matching. They're the perfect one-stop-shop! (Pictured, the Frock Shop's Bike Dress which has the added travel-benefit of being very wrinkle-resistant.)
And from the Department of Wandering blog - 2 more very savvy tips!
A trap I’ve fallen into time and time again is slowly packing over a few days, placing items in my case as I go. Trust me when I say that this ALWAYS results in over-packing! What I started to do instead was devoting a specific chunk of time to pack and I laying out everything on the floor before putting anything in the case. This means that I can easily see what outfits work well together, which items are versatile and which aren’t. This also helps me to avoid the urge to pack extra things ‘just in case’ I was forgetting something because I can see it all laid out in front of me.
Space is sacred when you’re packing your bag and it’s sinful to let it go to waste. Pack smart by stuffing your socks, chargers and adaptors into your shoes, scrunching your underwear into the cups of your bras and even rolling a belt around a collared shirt.
Chargers and adaptors in your shoes - brilliant!