What are you packing?

As I prepared for Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week, I discovered this packing strategy. Now it is Spring Break, and I want to share it with you again.

We have to be smart as to not over or under pack. Plan each day in advance & that depends on the weather of your destination. This will help you decide how many pieces of clothing to take. Too much and you will regret carrying everything, and the airlines will help themselves to YOUR precious spending money. Too little & you will have to spend extra money. It is is a balancing act for sure.

Let's make this fun...lay them out as if you were playing tic-tac-toe.

Select 9 pieces of clothing consisting of:

1 blazer & 1 jacket

1 sweater, 1 t-shirt & 1 cotton shirting (Guys a button down)

1 cami or tank top (Guys a Polo)

1 trouser, 1 jean & 1 skirt (Guys shorts or khakis)

How many outfits can you make with just these 9 pieces? Go ahead... take your time... I'll wait.

I know there are a possibility of 20 outfits... 14 are shown below.

Other useful packing tips:

  • If you have limited space, do not roll your shirts, pants, etc. Instead, fold your shirts into squares & stack them. In the space you could fit about 3-4 rolled t-shirts, you could fit 5-6 stacked shirts, of course this all depends on your luggage size.
  • Stuff your socks inside your shoes if there is no other room for them.
  • Pack fragile items in the center of your case. This way, they are less likely to be broken. If it is a favorite bottle of perfume or cologne, by all means, seal it in a Ziploc baggie; that way if it does get broken your clothes will not be saturated in Chanel No.5 or Gucci Pour Homme.
  • Put dress shirts on top so that you may remove them promptly for hanging or ironing.
  • Put shoes in felt shoe bags so clothes don’t get soiled from the soles of your shoes

If you have additional related tips you would like to share, please comment... Spring Break is just around the corner.

Happy Traveling!!!