While my husband and I are well seasoned travelers, this is the first time that we will be taking our son on a plane and traveling to visit family for Christmas. So not only do we need to bring all of our own things, but we are packing our son’s items and Christmas presents as well. While my aunt is graciously picking up some essentials for us, we have so many things that we have no choice but to bring with us. Therefore, before I’ve even put in my own things my bag is almost full. As I’ve been strategically planning over the past few weeks, I have several recommendations on how to stay stylish on limited packing space.
- Pack a small capsule wardrobe that can be mixed and matched.
I picked four tops, two cardigans, three bottoms, one scarf, and one necklace that all look good together. This gives me the flexibility to be creative and alternate my looks without taking up too much room in my suitcase. I spent about 20 minutes putting on various combinations of these items, so I know which looks are my favorite as well as the many ways they match together. I am also confident that no one look is too similar to the other. Another tip is to layer rather than bring bulky items. A shirt and a cardigan pack much smaller than a single sweater and can be worn if varying ways. I plan on wearing the same shirt with a cardigan one day and with a scarf another.
- Wear the same outfit for the plane ride as well as your bulkiest items.
Over the years I have developed my favorite outfit for wearing on the plane. It consists of leggings, a dolman sleeve top, whatever scarf I plan to wear with my other outfits, and my heaviest shoes. I love this outfit because it is so comfortable on the plane, especially if I plan to fall asleep and the scarf can double as a blanket if I’m cold or be removed if I’m overheated. On this trip I’ll be wearing a pair of tall boots as well, which keeps them out of my suitcase.
- Bring the smallest amount of beauty products possible.
I love Maya Chia’s The Great Cleanse and I keep on hand a tiny sample bottle that I received when I was first trying it. I know that I use three pumps twice a day, so I filled my tiny bottle up with exactly the right amount. I also have several small containers from samples of face masks that I’ll use to store face creams and other essentials.
Additionally, I plan to keep my makeup routine simple (at least simple for me). Brow cream, a single eyeshadow that I’ll apply with my fingers, foundation, blush, bronzer, highligher, eyeliner, mascara. A routine I can complete in five minutes and will keep my makeup bag light. Two shades of lipstick in my purse can add in some variation.
- Plan versatility through hairstyles.
A simple braid or a top knot can elevate the look of an outfit so easily. By bringing with a few hair clips and ties, I’ll be able to add depth to my style without weighing down my bag.
I have never packed so light on fashion before and while I was concerned that it would be limiting, I’m realizing that the items I’m bringing will give me more options than what I usually pack.
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