PACK WITH PURPOSE
Lesson One: Preparation
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Preparing an itinerary :30
Using the weather forecast 1:30
Utilizing a detailed itinerary and the weather forecast to make focused packing lists:
Whether you are planning an exciting trip, or you or preparing for work travel, you want to feel comfortable and stylish, on your trip. The first thing to do is accumulate a list of the activities and events, in other words, create an itinerary.
If you can do this at a minimum of one week out from your travel, this will be invaluable in producing your packing list.
Never skip this process. I always do this, including laying out each of the outfits, together with the accessories to ensure I pack precisely what I need. This step also gives you time to gather, clean and start staging the items you plan to pack.
Of course, alongside the itinerary, you will need to monitor the weather for your destination. Check the forecast 10 days out so you can start to think in terms of layers and what might be required, based on weather conditions.
Recheck it on the day before you pack, preferably the day before you embark, so you have an obvious understanding of how the weather will impact your travel wardrobe.
At this point, you know the type of trip you are prepping for, and have decided on and your color story, now you can build your list and layout each outfit.
Lesson Two: Selecting A Color Story
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I have found that working with one main category of colors: warm or cool. This approach will help you create a focused travel wardrobe, and best utilize my strategy of making many outfits from each item you bring.
When pursuing your closet and dresser drawers for the items you want to bring on your trip, you may find you have more of one color category than the other.
For example, if you never wear brown, and only have one pair of brown shoes, then you will want to pack for a cool color story, centered on black shoes, accessories and cool colored garments.
Lesson Three: Cool Color Story - Business Casual Travel
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Black, cool grey pallet – so all shoes, handbags are black or have black in them. I like to recommend that navy be used as a neutral here. Select cool tones for tops: blues, greens, purples…. dark rinse & white jeans, for bottoms. Add silver jewelry.
Cool grey think silvery or steel grey – is a useful neutral tone to include into the mixture, and pairs nicely with white and your cool colors. Again, using our rainbow analogy, to look for colors in your closet. Cool colors are various hues of the following: green, turquoise, teal, blue and purple.
Note: we will keep prints to a minimum for ease of mixing pieces. I recommend limiting your choice of prints to one or two medium or small scaled printed or striped top, and accessories like scarves. Solid dark colors hide dirt, so I recommend including some of these pieces, especially bottoms.
Below you will find two color stories and style sheets, including all garments, and a separate sheet for accessories and lingerie. These suggestions are based my research on the most common types of travel that give my clients the most anxiety.
Cool Color Business Casual Packing list:
- Floral print silky top
- Navy stretchy tank
- Silky cap sleeve, royal blue top
- Basic V neck T-shirt, grey
- Basic V neck T-shirt, white
- Long sleeve print blouse
- Print A-line, micro-fiber maxi dress
- Little black midi-dress
- One piece swimsuit
- Wide leg black dressy trouser
- Dark rinse denim, straight leg
- Jogger pant, charcoal
- Long sleeve white peplum blouse
- Dark denim jean jacket, & or Trenchcoat
- Silky Kimono
- Navy Motorcycle jacket
Lesson Four: Cool Accessories & Shoes
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Cool Accessories Packing list:
- Black or navy ankle boot
- Wedge sandal
- Sturdy platform pump
- Large carry -on tote bag (doubles as a briefcase, computer bag) cool colors, i.e.: charcoal
- Clutch handbag
- Statement necklace, silver tones
- Small necklace
- Bracelet stack
- 2 pair earrings
- 2 Silk scarves
Lesson Five: Warm Color Story - Casual Travel
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Brown, tan, cream, and warm grey pallet as your main neutral: shades of brown for shoes, sandals, belts. These do not need to match completely, but the closer in color or pieces that combine these neutrals are best.
Then add warm colors for tops: orange and yellow, for example, and any color of denim, including white, or khakis for bottoms. Bring along gold jewelry.
Warm grey is a useful neutral tone to include into the mixture, and pairs nicely with white and your warm colors. A warm grey looks like a brownish-grey. To look for warm colors in your closet, think of a rainbow, warm colors are various hues of the following: yellow, orange and red, maroon.
Warm Color, Casual Travel Packing list:
- Warm print silky top
- White V-neck T
- Grey V-neck T
- Warm print (stripe) silky top option
- Cream & tan fringe top
- Cargo skirt
- Jean shorts
- Bikini halter top
- Bikini bottoms
- Maxi dress
- Cream day dress
- Silk Kimono
- Cropped jeans, straight or skinny
- Jogger pants, maroon
- Tan draped cardigan
- Army jacket
- Brown leather jacket
Lesson Six: Warm Accessories & Shoes
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Warm Accessories Packing list:
- Wedge Leather flip flop
- Walking sandal, i.e.: nice Birkenstocks
- Large carry -on tote bag (doubles as a brief case, computer bag) warm colors, i.e.: brown or tan
- Clutch handbag
- Statement necklace, gold tones
- Small necklace
Lesson Seven: More on Accessories
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Lesson Eight. Work-Out, Lingerie, and Sleepwear
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I recommend a lingerie bag for these delicate pieces. Not only will it protect your under-pining’s, all of these items will be easy to locate in their own bag.
Dust bags for shoes, you can also stuff your shoes with socks and scarves.
- 7 pair underwear
- 3 bras
- 3 pair socks, tights
- Work out tights and shorts (doubles as sleepwear and travel clothes)
- Fitness tank w/ built-in bra (doubles as sleepwear)
- Cross training shoe & gym socks
Lesson Nine. Outfits
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My rule that I call the ‘3 x multiple’, is a strategy to utilize each garment, accessory and pair of shoes for a minimum of 3 outfits.
Below is an example of an itinerary and corresponding outfit list for a business – casual trip with some free time added in.
The pieces in the outfit (except accessories and shoes) correspond to the numbered item on the Cool pallet, Business casual Style Sheet.
Each of the items has been used at least three times in the outfits, and some of the outfits are repeated during the week-long trip. Keep in mind, because the deliberate color pallet it’s very easy to switch the accessories and the layering pieces to can create even more ensembles!
#1 Floral long sleeve top (6), crop jean (14), ankle boot, statement necklace
#2 Floral strappy top (1), crop jean (11), leather jacket (16), wedge sandal, long strand necklace
#3 Blue silk top (3), charcoal jogger pant (12), jean jacket (14), wedge sandal, pendant necklace
#4 White blouse (13), black pants (10), leather jacket (16) burgundy pumps, purples scarf
#5 Black dress (8), Kimono (15), burgundy pumps, statement necklace
#6 Navy tank (2), black pants (10), Kimono (15), ankle boots, pendant necklace
#7 Maxi dress (7), jean jacket (14), wedge sandal, long beaded strand
#8 Floral long sleeve top (6), black pants (10), leather jacket (16), ankle boots, pendant necklace
#9 V-neck T shirt (4), charcoal jogger pants (12), running shoes, scarf
Sunday: Travel (outfit #9)
Welcome cocktail hour (outfit #7)
Monday: Day 1 Conference (outfit #1)
Tuesday: Day 2 Conference, Speaking (outfit #5)
Wednesday: Day 3 Conference Workshop: (outfit#6)
Casual dinner (outfit #3)
Thursday: Day 4 Conference Workshop: (outfit #4)
Work Dinner (outfit #7)
Friday: Day 5 Conference: (outfit #8)
Evening, soiree: (outfit #5)
Saturday: Brunch and free time (outfit #2)
Casual dinner (outfit #1)
Sunday: Free time and travel (outfit #9)
Lesson Ten: Packing Effectively - Applying Deliberate Packing Techniques
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One of the keys to packing without wrinkling in not just how you pack, but what you pack.
When possible, opt for wrinkle-resistant fabrics such as wool, polyester, cashmere, and knits. Cotton and linen, on the other hand, are extremely prone to wrinkling, so try to minimize the presence of these items in your luggage.
To keep your clothes in the best possible condition, unpack immediately upon arrival.
Another simple way to help clothing return to its natural shape is to hang them in the bathroom while running a hot shower. The warm steam from the shower will help loosen wrinkles while you relax after your long journey. Top of Form
Bottom of Form
Whether you’re going abroad for three months or taking a 36-hour vacation, the perfect travel wardrobe is the key to a successful journey.
But a simple rule applies: keep your clothes looking fresh while traveling, because who likes to look rumpled? To help keep your look polished after a stint on the road, in the air, or even at sea, I am showing you how to pack without wrinkling your pieces.
Travel With Garment Bags
If you’re traveling with something that absolutely cannot be wrinkled but is difficult to iron (such as a suit or a pleated dress), consider making room for a garment bag.
The best options can travel either full-length or folded and include compartments for accessories like cufflinks and jewelry.
Most airlines have a compartment for hanging garment bags near the front of the plane—just don’t forget to grab it as you disembark.
Organizing your suitcase.
Shoes and jeans are placed on the bottom of the suitcase. Toiletries in the outside zip pocket if you are checking luggage.
Folding v.s. rolling your clothes:
I like the rolling method, where you roll each garment, you can also try the Bundle Method. I find this makes it easier to see everything as well as keeps clothing from wrinkling.
Bundle wrapping is a packing method that involves folding all of your clothing together in a single bundle to minimize creases.
First, create a central “core” by folding a single larger item, such as a jacket, then carefully wrap your other items of clothing around it.
Lesson Eleven: Bonus Scarves
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Scarves and belts take up little space in your suitcase and add a punch of color and pattern, so bring several. Long rectangle scarves are the easiest to style in multiple ways. Watch the video for how to use scarves and how to tie them.
Now it's your turn...
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