Last year, around the same time, I was gearing up for my exciting 9-day trip to Spain. And this is how the bed in my guest room looked a few days before the trip..
Typically, when you travel to a different country, you plan vacations that are at least a week long or more. And for women 7 days or more means 7-14 pair of clothes… 1 for day and 1 for night (if you are sightseeing in the day and dining at a nice restaurant/lounge by the night).
And then again, your travel bag is not just your clothes… you have your accessories, footwear, bags, makeup, shampoos, conditioners, creams, hair grooming tools etc. This gets challenging for international travels as you have baggage restrictions of 50 lbs/23 kgs per passenger. If your husband is co-operative, you can steal some space in his bag or else you are pretty much by yourself ;). However, I don’t prefer keeping my stuff in his bag, because I fear loosing my things in the mess. Men don’t get this… but we women have a lot of things to take on a trip! (unlike their bag which contains only a few tees and shirts and a pair of jeans-shorts-shoes, hair gel and shaving kit 😛 )
In any case, I like to plan as much as I can, before hand, to avoid packing unnecessary and extra stuff. I do carry 1-2 extra pairs for back up though. I pack fewer bags and footwear (less than half of my outfits). While traveling, I start creating the ensembles before I start packing. I like to do this, specially, for trips longer than 4-5 days.
I wear and test all the outfits to see if they fit me well. If they don’t, I don’t take them. Sometimes, or in fact, most of the times, I’m in dilemma that if something doesn’t fit me now, somehow (magically) it will fit me later. It is easy to go down that path, but I have to make myself stronger and not fall prey to this temptation.
I take pictures of each ensemble and sometimes make notes of what to wear on what day. I know, some of you many think, where’s the spontaneity? But I prefer planned long vacations – down right to my clothes! 🙂
If you want to avoid all the mess, over-packing, over-paying for the luggage and all the frustration associated with the long trips, these are my pointers:
- Be organized
- Start putting your ensembles at least 1 week prior
- Which means you should start shopping at least 1.5-2 weeks before your trip
- Start clubbing appropriate accessories with your ensembles
- Prepare your husband (mentally) to take as many pictures of you in as many poses as you want to minimize surprises and frustration at his end… lol 😛
Benefits of doing this exercise:
- Traveling light (last thing you want on your vacation is to roam around with extra bags)
- Avoid check-in problems at the airport and shifting of clothes from one bag to another.
- Paying extra baggage charges etc.
- Since you already know what you’d be wearing, you will get ready quicker than your husband
- This in-turn, won’t give him one chance to complain and get cranky
- You’d be happy the whole time when your ensembles are materialized.
If you loved the ensembles below, stay tuned for my upcoming posts. Most of the clothes and accessories are from Forever21, NYC, Papaya and H&M but I will share more details and exact links. Find out more in my upcoming posts on how I completed each look by complimenting them with accessories, bags and shoes on every day of my trip. Will also include more information on brands etc 🙂
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