May 06, 2018
Packing can be stressful. Over the last six or so years I’ve really honed in on my packing routine as I travel back and forth from NYC to Seattle, and abroad.
First and foremost, I always try to pack a carry on plus one small bag – I avoid checking a bag as much as possible because I don’t want to wait for it and I’m paranoid of it getting lost. I live in a walkup, don’t have a car, and usually take public transport to the airport. I have to be able to carry it up and down stairs, there have been times that I thought I wasn’t going to make it up the stairs…
The key to being an efficient, light traveler is to have a system.
- Flight days: have “travel uniform” – leggings and a long top that can be layered with a cardigan/sweater and my largest coat. I’ll be comfortable and don’t have to think about what to wear the day of a flight.
- Once I have everything laid out, I cut back. It never fails, I always wear the same thing.
- Pick things that are versatile and neutral, comfortable and wrinkle-free.
- Layers are also key if you’re unsure of the weather.
- Accessories/makeup/toiletries, keep to the basics.
- The KG Makeup System has made packing for this purpose very easy!
When loading my suitcase, I’ve learned to loosely fold things on the way to the destination, and making sure I can close the suitcase without using the expander. This way if I want to bring anything back I know I’ll have room (I’m always bringing frozen food back from home). If I need to maximize space, I will roll my clothes, using every nook and cranny of the suitcase.
- Lay out everything
- Pack things relatively loosely, that way you’ll know you have room to bring things back.
- Layer and pack versatile items (you don’t really need different shoes/tops for every day)
- Double bag liquids
- Stuff small things such as socks and undergarments in your shoes
- Keep valuables/medicines in your smaller carry on
Folded Vs. Rolled
Kari's Must Have Travel Items
- Snacks (Nuts)
- Silk Pillow
What are your favorite products to travel with?