I know that I have already done a couple of packing posts (Disney Packing List and Top 3 Packing Tips), but I wanted to do another one to show you my entire packing process in depth. Packing is what is on my brain right now anyway as I am leaving in the morning for our annual Trades of Hope Inspire Retreat in Orlando. I am beyond excited about this trip. I have actually been prepping for packing for this trip for about a month. If you remember from my 3 Tip post, my number one tip is to create a list. I actually have a generic pack list that stays in the note section on my phone. It includes all of the essentials that I pack with me on every trip I take. It includes things like make-up, deodorant, phone chargers, pajamas, and other essentials that I always need. When I am planning a new trip, I copy that list and then begin to add to the bottom all the things that I need that are specific to that particular trip. I will continue to add to this list up until the day of a trip as I think of things. Then I begin to plan out my outfits for each day of the trip. For this particular trip, I need at least 2 outfits per day. We have sessions and training during the day and then big events in the evenings that require me to dress differently. At the bottom of my list, I will begin to list the day of the week and everything I plan to wear that day. Then as the day of departure gets closer, I will begin to lay those outfits out on the floor in my closet. This includes all articles of clothing that I will wear on that particular day down to the under garments, shoes, and jewelry. This helps me to visualize everything and insures that I don’t forget something important like a strapless bra for a strapless dress. I don’t immediately put everything into the suitcase, though. I will leave it there for a day or two as I continue to look over it and make changes as needed. I actually laid out everything for this trip yesterday and am using today to make sure I don’t want to change anything up as I thinking about it more. Here is an example of what my closet floor looks like right now with everything laid out waiting to be placed in the suitcase.
Once I am satisfied with every outfit, I will take a picture of each pile. This will help me to remember what jewelry/shoes I planned to wear with each outfit. When that is done, I begin to bag things up using Tip #2 from my top 3 tips post. I like to use gallon zip lock storage bags for this. For example, I will put all pairs of socks into a gallon zip lock bag in order to keep them all together. I will do the same for underwear, bras, and camisoles. Next I take all pieces of jewelry and place it in my Thirty-One Jewelry case (retired) (alternate option). From there, I begin to add the clothes in neat piles to my suitcase keeping all parts of the outfit together (pants and top). At this point everything that I am going to wear is in the suitcase.
Tonight I will begin packing all of the other things that I need to take with me. This evening I will place a large Thirty-One cosmetic bag (retired) (alternate option) on the counter in my bathroom. As I wash my face and prepare for bed tonight, I will place my soap and other parts of my R+F nightly regimen into that bag as I finish using them. Then in the morning, as I complete each step of my morning regimen; I will place those items in the bag too. Packing it after using it helps me to not forget an important step in my skincare routine. I will also hang my Thirty-One travel bag on the knob to one of the drawers to my vanity tonight. Then as I put my makeup on in the morning, I will place the pieces I use into the bag as soon as I am done with them. Packing as you use it really helps to ensure you don’t forget any essential items. The same goes for hair tools. As soon as I am done drying my hair, my hair dryer will go into the suitcase. Then I pack my flat iron and curling wand after placing them in a heat resistant pouch. I use a circular pill case to sort out all of my prescription medications that I take daily. Then I will add it to a small medicine bag (similar) that also has things like ibuprofen, eye drops, band-aids, antibiotic ointment, etc. that I may need (these go in my carry on bag). I use a Thirty-One Mini Zipper Pouch to hold hair ties, bobby pins (in case I pull my hair up), clips, and a headband for washing my face. Once all of that is in my suitcase, it is ready to be closed up.
It may sound like a lot of work, but it will keep you organized and make things so easy when you get to your destination. Being prepared allowed me to spend today writing and getting my hair and nails done, instead of running around crazy trying to pack. It is totally worth the time it takes to prep ahead.
Anchored and Organized,