In a few days I will be going on a well-deserved, much needed, overdue vacation to Belize. (I know, I get it, Zika but it’s already here in America so I figure, why not?) I’m super excited because it will be my first time to this Central American country. I’m ready for blue skies, clear water and relaxation. But before I get ahead of myself, I need to figure out what I’m wearing, and how I’m packing. I’m going with my cousin so we have to “slay”! Nikki was so accurate when she said I pack 42 days in advance and strategically. I’ve gotten better about packing but I’m still a work in progress.
So here are a few packing hacks I have learned over the years.
1. Roll clothes, don’t fold them. It takes up less space! I find that when I roll my tees, I don’t have to iron them, who really feels like ironing on vacation? Not me! For more delicate items you can utilize the regular fold and packing process.
2. Stack your bras. Another way to maximize space while helping your bras maintain their shape by stacking them on top of each other.
3. Cover your footwear with shoe bags or shower caps. I gag at the thought of my dirty shoes touching my clean clothes. Can you imagine the germs…EWWWWWW! This is the way to go for sure, shoes bags or shower caps, which are available at most hotels.
4. Pack two tops for every bottom. I have been notorious for over packing, stick to this rule: pack two different tops (perhaps a blouse and a sweater) for every bottom. I also like to have a light and dark wash denim options when it comes to bottoms.
5. Pack your clothes inside out. This is always a must! You can avoid wrinkles as well as prevent stains, by packing light colored clothes inside out. That way if there is any debris, your whites and pastels are safe.
6. Pack the heaviest items closest to the wheels. Particularly when you're dealing with rolling luggage, you have to consider how your items will respond to motion. One important rule of thumb is to keep all the heavy items stored towards the wheels so weight is distributed evenly.
7. Stick dryer sheets in your suitcase. Pack some dryer sheets in the bottom and top of your luggage. To keep your clothes smelling clean, a few sheets of Bounce is all you need.
8. Capitalize on empty space. Every nook and cranny counts! So look for underutilized space, like the insides of shoes, for small essentials like headphones or change purses.
9. Pack an empty tote for laundry. I like to keep my funky clothes away from my clean clothes. So I pack an extra tote or bag to store them. Regardless of how hard I try to pack with a minimalist perspective, I always have an outfit or two I don’t wear. It’s a girl thing or more likely just a Tahlee thing.
So this is how I roll! Please share we me some of your tips and tricks! Did I forget anything? Let me know.
Enjoy the Journey,