Whether the Thanksgiving holiday means you're packing light for the tropics, or layering up for the slopes, we're going to show you how to pack everything you need into one carry-on suitcase! Style expert and packing pro Ricci DeMartino teaches us how to save space in our suitcase, keep our delicates wrinkle-free, and fit those last-minute items in. Watch here to see Ricci's packing tricks!
>> Summer is a time to escape the hot and sticky city for cool breezes and sunshine — Turks and Caicos, anyone? But there's something to be said about packing the right elements to have you looking effortlessly polished. After all, Summertime is all about easy, non-fussy style.
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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.
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Packing for any type of trip — regardless of length — has always been an agonizing process for me. Terrified that I might be without the perfect eyeshadow or shoes for a given occasion, I always overpack to the extreme — only to end up wearing the same pair of jeans my entire stay. This year I am putting an end to unnecessary schlepping of luggage by whittling my packing routine down to the essentials. Here is the (much lighter!) load you will spot me toting next time I travel:
1. Tool Jacquard Weekender, $198, pendleton-usa.com. Not only do I love the rich mix of weathered leather and heavy fabric on this retro-looking bag, but it is the perfect size for a carry-on.
2. Current/Elliott The Cropped Skinny, $213, revolveclothing.com. A slightly cropped skinny jean is the ideal silhouette for travel. The material allows you to wear it a few times without washing and the length works with any type of shoe.
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A trip to grandma's house can be a welcome break for parents who are happy to have an extra set of hands care for their tot. But grandparents' homes aren't always set up for lil ones, so mama has to pack a few things to make the visit run smoothly. While filling the suitcase with baby's best outfits, throw in a few of these items to ensure an incident-free visit.
Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, sticking to your fitness routine on the road can be a challenge. I like to mix up my routine while traveling by renting a bike or taking a walking tour. You can also pack your workout clothes and equipment to hit the hotel gym or go for a run.
However, if you're trying to pack light, your best bet may be a swim cap and goggles. Long ago, I vowed never to travel without a swimsuit. Too many times, I ended up at hotels I didn't know would have pools and cursed myself for not bringing a swimsuit, which takes up minimal suitcase space. Same goes for a swim cap and goggles, which are also lightweight and small. Now, whether I'm camping somewhere with freshwater swimming or staying an elevator ride from a lap pool, I can always get some exercise.
Do you pack swim gear when you travel?
There are few things I dislike more than moving. Don't get me wrong — I love the opportunity to decorate a new space and experience a new home, but packing, organizing, cleaning, and unpacking are enough to keep me put in my old digs. I'd like to say I'm the kind of person who can't sit still and feels the need to put everything in its place immediately, but unfortunately, I'm not. Instead, my motivation comes with footprints. Planning a housewarming party puts a fire under my seat that keeps me running until the first knock is heard.
What helps you get geared up to get situated?
With honeymoon season in full gear, I thought I'd cover one of the most crucial topics for enjoying your newly married getaway: packing. The task is never fun, but it's especially un-fun when you're in a rush, anxious to get to your vacation spot, and when, God forbid, you have nothing to wear. So, I have a few of my simple tips that will allow you to pack more of your chic ensembles into your suitcase, and spare them from treacherous wrinkles. Although these tricks of the trade will certainly aid you on your next sojourn, they also apply to packing boxes for moving, shipping, storing, etc.
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Planning activities on a trip will most likely incorporate some of the things you enjoy back home; foodies find local hotspots, animal lovers look for ways to see nature, and history buffs uncover cultural sights even off the beaten path. As Savvy travelers, it's key to remember that bringing back memories is not limited to material goods.
Instead of purchasing jewelry on a recent vacation, my accessory-loving friend chose to take a silversmithing workshop one afternoon. Not only was it significantly cheaper than a class in the US, but she also created this silver pendant to remember the experience overseas. Whether your favorite hobbies are athletic — try a hike or bike tour — or culinary — learn how to make, not just eat, the local cuisine — there's a way to bring your passions on vacation by brainstorming and seeking out one of these activities once you arrive. Trust me, you'll remember it long after you leave again.
No matter the destination, prepping for vacation seems to entail the same things — like getting cash and calling credit card companies to packing carefully to make sure I don't forget anything important — but I also invariably recall a particular travel adage, as I get ready to jet:
When packing for a vacation, take half as much clothing and twice as much money.
Now I don't always heed the advice in this classic sentiment, yet it stuck in my mind ever since I took my first solo vacation as a teenager. If you already only stock the fashion basics for trips, or don't have double the money to grab, the words mean less in the literal sense but would this advice ever ring true for you?