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The season of summer vacations is upon us! The time when we normal folk are green with envy as we sit inside at our desks, scrolling through everyone's adventures on Instagram. (Am I right?) But chances are, almost all of us are capable of going on a quick weekend trip to regroup and re-center ourselves before going back to real life.
I will admit, I am a very frequent weekend traveler. My parents and my in-laws both live in other states, so my husband and I like to go visit for three days or so whenever possible. I used to have a nasty habit of packing up my entire closet for these quick getaways, but through the years, I've picked up a trick or two to make packing a breeze. So without further adieu, here are my four tips for packing light and right.
1. Plan out your outfits: The key to not overpacking is to plan out your outfits. If you skip this, you'll end up bringing every pair of shoes you own and at least 12 dresses on your weekend getaway. Plus, doing this infinitely helps you look more put together.
I try to steer clear of too many patterns, and I always choose coordinating colors that I can mix and match. (Bonus tip: Make sure you check your weather app before planning your outfits so you don't end up wearing shorts in the rain!)
2. Take things from day to night: When planning out your outfits, try to put together looks that you can easily transition from day to night in. If you're wearing a long, flowing dress to the beach, knot a cute tee over it once the sun goes down. If you're wearing a peplum tank and chambray shorts for a day by the pool, throw on a pair of heels and a jean jacket and you'll be ready to hit the town. Don't be afraid to incorporate pieces from other outfits. You can create so many looks from six to ten items of clothing if you plan carefully!
3. Plan out your beauty routine too: Traveling for any amount of time can take a toll on the luminance of your skin. My go-to products to protect, moisturize, and illuminate my skin when traveling are sunscreen, bb cream, highlighter, and setting mist (if you have oily skin, try this one instead). This particular bb cream is made by a Korean skincare line and creates the creamiest looking skin of all time. Plus, it smells so good. Win-win.
4. Don't just pack light, pack tight: Make the best use of every square inch of your suitcase. If you're packing a hat, pack that first. To ensure that you keep the shape of the hat, stuff it with socks, underwear, and a foldable tote bag. Then pack your other clothes around it for extra cushioning. (Some people like to roll their clothes to save space, but I find it hard to locate items without dumping out my entire suitcase when I do this, so I just fold everything normally.) Top it off with your shoe bags and toiletry bag, and then you're ready to go!
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