t a h w k c a p to MINIMALIST PACKING GUIDE By Andrea Fellman, WanderlustLiving.com
This might seem simple to some, but packing for a trip can be very stressful for others – especially if you have limited packing space. Bringing just a carry-on for a five day trip is totally possible and I’m going to show you how! STEP #1 – PICK TWO PAIRS OF PANTS Any of your favorite denim jeans will do and I imagine you all have a pair of black skinny jeans, right? Well, if no, you should get some ASAP. They are the easiest pair of pants to dress up or down and are a travel staple for me. STEP #2 – PICK YOUR STATEMENT PIECES Based on your pant choices, add two or three statement pieces such as jackets, coats, and sweaters that can interchange with both pants. These are really the pieces that everything else will work around, so make sure you love them and that they are appropriate for where you are going.
STEP #4 – MATCH THE BEST SHOES & HANDBAGS Three pairs of shoes. One on your feet and two in the suitcase. Comfortable tennis type shoes, a casual flat or boot, and a dressier shoe that could be a fancy flat, heel or a boot will be ideal. Usually you will need two handbags; maybe a large tote bag or a crossbody bag and a clutch for going out at night.
STEP #3 GRAB THE LAYERING PIECES You’ll want to pack neutral layering pieces (gray, white, black or beige) and maybe throw in a stripe. Fun trendy graphic tshirts are also perfect for layering under sweaters and light jackets. You can easily dress them up with the right accessories, too.
STEP #5 – ADD ACCESSORIES If you are lucky and you have a multi-colored scarf that can easily interchange with all the outfits, fantastic! But if not, pack two scarves. Scarves are light and easy to pack. Grab a few necklaces, bracelets, and maybe some fun earrings for a night out and you are all set!
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