Tis the season of unending holiday trips. Whether you’re traveling abroad or going on a weekend trip to visit family, knowing how to pack and what to pack is a sort of science. Nothing is worse than getting to your destination and having the inappropriate clothing for the weather or opening your suitcase to a bunch of wrinkles.
What to Pack:
You’ll need clothes that are wrinkle-resistant and are versatile in different kinds of weather. Body Bark is light-weight and doesn’t wrinkle like a traditional cotton top. Packing a sweater, cardigan and scarf can create three different outfits using the same top. Layers are key, darling. A couple of pairs of pants can go a long way and don’t wrinkle easily; go with some jeans and a pair of leggings. Depending on the formality of the parties you’re attending, be sure to choose a light-weight dress and tights.
Shoes are the the trickiest part of packing for the holidays… We all love our favorite pair of boots, but they take up a lot of space in our bags. Be sure to wear your clunkiest pair of shoes during your travels. You don’t need 4 pairs of shoes (and should avoid this seeing as how they take up the most room and weigh a ton). Try limiting yourself to one casual shoe and one dressier shoe on your trip (and make sure they are colors that can go with just about everything) – a pair of flats and comfortable booties should go a long way.
How to Pack it:
Choosing what to pack is just half the battle. Rolling your clothes in plastic, surprisingly, gives your more space and avoids the wrinkle problem. We recommend heading down to your local dry cleaner and asking for bags. If you roll each clothing item individually in the drying cleaning bags, your clothes will be in pristine condition when you get to your destination (pro tip: keep clothing directly on hangers for easy unpacking). Because plastic reduces friction, wrinkles will be a thing of the past. It also avoids your need to dig through your clothes each day to put together the perfect outfit.
Remember: Your shoes are prone to getting a little muddy during the winter seasons; bring a plastic bag or two to throw them in after wearing so the rest of your clothes remain pristine! Make sure to pack heavier things (like shoes) at the very bottom of your suitcase as well to ensure your clothes don’t get ruined.
Bring extra bags! We recommend throwing dirty clothes into a large trash bag so you can separate clean from dirty. There is no need to wash more clothes than needed when you get home.
Put all liquids in a waterproof bag. There is nothing worse than getting to your destination and discovering that your conditioner has exploded all over your Thanksgiving outfit. Invest in a waterproof bag that you can put all of your “leak-ables” into. Yes, it will be frustrating if one of your liquids leaks or explodes regardless, but at least the spill will be contained and won’t ruin your clothing.
Be picky when packing! It’s easy to think, “better safe than sorry,” when choosing which outfits to bring, but over-packing can be dangerous. Shoving too many clothes into a bag can result in wrinkles and unplanned outfit mishaps. In addition, all of the extra baggage fees that now apply on flights can really rack up travel costs. Pre-plan outfits ahead of time and make sure they are versatile. Bring a sweater that you can pair with multiple shirts and pants. Try on each outfit before you hit the road so that you know you feel comfortable and confident in your choices (and eliminate any extra fluff).
Now, grab your bags and hit the road! Happy Holidays, from Body Bark.