We're taking full advantage of hot Summer days, long holiday weekends, and the occasional Summer Friday to make the most of our days off with relaxing weekend getaways. But since packing for these escapes isn't always as relaxing, we've put together a no-fail cheat sheet so you can pack in a pinch. Watch to find out the six things to pack for your next weekend trip. On Allison: ICB jacket and shorts.
Let's be honest: packing is no fun, and no matter how many times we do it, we're always susceptible to overcompensating, or worse, forgetting something crucial, like underwear. So, when faced with packing for not one but three destinations — San Francisco, Bali, and New York City — over the course of the next four weeks, it wasn't the easiest task to take on. While we're at it, let's also throw in the fact that I want to steer clear of checking bags, baggage claims, and any sort of lost-and-found dilemmas. My packing conundrum was not something to be taken lightly — one Fab editor, four weeks of being on the road, three climate changes, and only one carry-on to work with? Sounded like an impossible feat. But here's the most amazing miracle of all — I did it; see the photographic evidence below! Now, before I head West, it's time to impart some quick, painless packing-light tips that should keep you on the carry-on straight and narrow. Ready? Happy trails.
- Don't underestimate the power of making a list. Write down the bare essentials of what you'll need for your trip, wherever the final destination may be. Keyword here is basic: bras, underwear, socks, a pair of jeans, a warmer layer for the evenings, a chic go-with-everything dress, and so on. Then, follow your list as a step-by-step process of how to not go overboard when you start digging into your wardrobe.
- Do be reasonable. Override that voice in your head trying to convince you that you absolutely need six tops for a three-day trip. You don't . . . and the practical you knows that.
- Don't skimp too much. If you know that you're going to a wedding with formal dinners planned every night, then yes pack a few extra dresses. The tradeoff? Include a slick pair of ankle-strap sandals that go with each outfit, so you don't have to overload on the shoe front.
- Do roll your clothes instead of folding them. First of all, it minimizes wrinkles and therefore you don't have to worry about the quality of your hotel iron. Second of all, it frees up a lot of space for other traveling necessities.
- Don't forget to pack a great belt, a pair of statement earrings, and classic ballet flats. When in doubt, these things will come in handy.
- Pack Moisture-Wicking Items: Any workout wear that soaks up the sweat while you're working out, will also be a quick-drying item that you can easily wash in your home-away-from home. If you're staying in a hotel, as soon as you get back from your fitness class or the gym, throw your gear in the bathtub. Fill the tub with lukewarm water until it's covering your clothes; add in a tablespoon or two of shampoo; swish around the water a few times; and let soak for a half hour to an hour. Drain out the water, rinse your gear, and hang to dry on the shower curtain rod. Your items should be dry by the next morning and ready for you to wear again! Some items with moisture-wicking fabrics include Fila's Performance Sports Bra ($20), Nike's Dri-FIT Be Bold Poly Capri Pants ($40), and Asics Favorite Tank ($35), which also conveniently comes with UPF 50+ UV protection to help shield you from the sun.
If you're headed out for a few relaxing days to someplace nice, it's a big relief to be able to ditch your checked bag and just tote a carry on. But If you're also going out at night and need to look nice, it's hard not to get weighed down by makeup, hair stuff, and skin care. With just a few multitasking products, though, you can keep things easy, straightforward, and light. And of the beauty products featured here, only one even needs to go in your toiletry bag, and none are more than an inch and a half wide. So check out 10 easy ways to make this the most relaxing vacation ever.
I pride myself on being a light packer, but there's really no great mystery behind traveling light. The secret is simply good planning: If you decide what to wear before you leave, you'll have no reason to overpack. By employing a few smart strategies, you should be able to fit everything you need in one small piece of luggage—such as this Roxy Van Karmen 22-inch Roller, available for $135 here—whether you're going away for two days or two weeks. Here are some tips to help you become a super packer.
- Before each trip, make a very detailed packing list where you plan what outfit you will wear each day and how you will reuse each clothing item. The web site OneBag has lots of great tips, as well as a downloadable packing checklist.
- Get lots of mileage out of each clothing item. A nice blazer, for instance, can double as a daytime jacket and a going-out essential when paired with a dressy camisole. And though you'll probably want to switch out your t-shirts and camis daily, you can wear the same two sweaters for a number of days.
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