Have you ever packed too much or too little in your overnight bag? Or on your last trip? You you’re not alone, because so have I!

So here are some insider tips from a travel savvy lady, yours truly:

1. Plan your Trip

First things first – plan your trip. How many days will you be gone? Are you travelling by car, train, plane, etc? Think if you have beach days, evening events, business meetings and what specifically you should wear for those days. Now for the other days, what do you normally wear?

2. Create a Capsule Wardrobe

A capsule wardrobe is a small selection of only essential items that can be mixed and matched to create a wide variety of outfits. Start with your favorite pieces or favorite color, and items that you need for special functions (meetings, evening dinners, beachwear… that type of thing). Pick a darker and a lighter color to coordinate with.

Choose at least two bottoms, three tops, a sweater or jacket, and a scarf. I also like to include a dress when I travel. For bottoms, I like to include one pair of leggings to wear under a tunic shirt or dress. For tops, I pack at least one long sleeve shirt that can be worn by itself, as an over shirt, or under a dress.

3. Lay Out Each Outfit

Visually seeing each outfit makes sure that what you planned actually looks good! You can see if you need to add something, like a white/black/cream colored cami, or a different pair of shorts to match more of your tops. Add one or two necklaces that can be worn for different occasions. Pack one pair of daily walking shoes, and one nice pair as well.

4. Unpack at Your Destination

If you are staying more than one day at a location, go ahead and unpack your bags. We have already taken the guesswork out of “What am I going to wear tomorrow?” by making everything match! But you’ll still want to see your items to pick your pre-planned outfit for the next day. Also, you may need to hang up some of them.

5. Enjoy Your Trip!

You’ve already taken all the guesswork out of what you are going to wear each day, so that is a load off your shoulders! You’ve got it all figured out, so all that’s left is to enjoy your trip! Have fun!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever done a capsule wardrobe for a trip and how it turned out!

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