The summer is typically filled with people taking lots of little vacations and weekend getaways to all the places that they were too busy to visit during the rest of the year and yes, getting away is ALWAYS fun, but the packing can be such a drag. So I decided I would share with you Rachel Zoe's advice when packing for trips since she probably does a tad bit more traveling than the rest of us! (All information taken from Style A to Zoe)
- Start with shoes on the bottom. I put mine in sacks, either those that come with the shoes or other drawstring cloth bags, so they don't get scratched. Protect their shape by stuffing them with socks, tank tops, or something else you are taking with you.
- The next layer is any jeans, folded in half.
- Then layer everything else, laying it flat with as few folds as possible: trousers, sweaters, dresses. On top, place the more fragile items- anything chiffon, beaded, sequined- turned inside out so they won't catch. I also wrap these pieces in plastic (the bags you get from the dry-cleaners work great) or tissue paper.
- Lastly, no matter how tempting, don't over stuff your bags. Clothes and even shoes end up badly creased. The extra weight can cost you extra dollars at check-in, not to mention incur brutal treatment from baggage handlers, and the case is more likely to explode on the conveyor belt. It just looks bad.
** Always unpack your bags as soon as you arrive at your lodgings. This gives clothes and shoes a chance to air out and regain shape. It also enables you to see everything you have right away, hanging in the closest or tucked away in the drawers- including what may be missing before a meeting or event.
No matter where your individual destination is I hope you have a great time and that your packing goes well!
And remember, in the wise words of Ernest Hemingway.... "Never go on trips with anyone you do not love."