Later this week, I’m leaving for a week-long trip that will be spent gallivanting around the East Coast. (By gallivanting, I mean eating clam chowder in Boston, eating lobster in Maine, eating crab cakes in Rhode Island, and eating …whatever Canadian people eat in Canada? All I know about Canada I learned from Robin on How I Met Your Mother.)
Anyway, every time I go on a trip, I start packing insanely early. Like, sometimes weeks early. I’m one of those weird people who actually enjoys packing. I put on my Ke$ha Pandora station (yes, it exists and yes, it is awesome) and get into the zone. Wanna know my 3 favorite tips for packing for a long trip (I’ll be gone 9 days)? Sure you do.
1) Roll up the clothes.
I start every packing session by swearing to myself that I will not take more than 3 dresses. And then, I end up with 11. The end result is that they all get mushed into a pile, then conspire together inside the suitcase while flying under the plane, and discuss ways to make getting dressed every morning a nightmare for me. Such as, “let’s all twist our straps together and then when she tries to pull one of us out of the suitcase, we’ll all come out in a big tangled pile. It’ll be so fun!” So the obvious solution is to thwart their plan by rolling each one tightly and lying it beside the others (which also takes up half as much space and leads to less wrinkles than if you just thrown them in there). Clothing and personal items have a mind of their own, I’m telling you.
If I’ve lost you on this one, luckily it’s time for #2.
2) Wear chunky shoes on the plane.
If you’re anything like me, you can’t go on vacation without a pair of boots. Even if I’m vacationing in the desert, there is no cowboy boot left behind. I just love boots. So when I leave California on Friday, I’m sure it will be 105 degrees, but I’m still wearing my boots to the airport so as to avoid taking up 3/4 of precious suitcase space with footwear. The upside to this is that in California, you can wear boots, a sundress, and probably a fur coat and as long as you add giant sunglasses indoors, people think you’re fashionable. Adding a little dog might help as well, but I think those are out now? I think big dogs are all the rage. Where is Winston when I need him?
3) Do not pack every toiletry you have ever owned.
I use approximately 30 products to get ready in the morning, it’s true. But even I can admit that it’s not all necessary to take on vacation. I have no shame using the little bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, and whatever else the Hilton (and/or the Super 8 ) wants to stock the bathroom with. That’s what they’re there for. And then you get to smell like rainkissed leaves. Also, a hair dryer is unnecessary because almost all hotel rooms have them too, even if they take so long to dry your hair that you miss breakfast entirely. Sometimes vacation requires sacrifices.
By the way, one time I Googled packing tips and there was one that said, “take only 2-3 pairs of shoes.” Hahahaha.