Getaway

24.5.12

I'm sure you guys know this already... but I love to travel. I love to explore cities I've never been to before, or revisit old favorites. I love to meet new people from completely different walks of life and to pick up bits of the local language. I even love the airports. But one part I DON'T always love is the packing. Somehow, even after lists and lists, I end up stressing out over it.. a lot of times I even feel the need to unpack and re-pack, just to make sure I'm not missing anything essential. That being said, I wanted to focus today specifically on weekend getaway packing. Because, let's face it.. although it may not seem like it, packing for a shorter, closer trip is sometimes just as frustrating as packing to go abroad. And because I'm officially on summer break, you know this stuff is on the brain.
1. Establish a general idea of outfits. This may seem like a no-brainer, but lots of people prefer to just pack different pieces without having a clear idea of how they will be using each piece. But I always like to visualize my outfits in their entirety. With short weekend getaways, it's even easier to figure out, as there are less days involved. Break your day up and try to figure out how many different outfits you realistically need

2. Check the weather. Again, a no-brainer, right? But yet again, this is something that can go overlooked with weekend getaways. I can vouch for this completely -- temperatures can vary depending on where in SoCal you are.. it can be significantly cooler near the beach than it is in the valley

3. Keep your essentials together. For me, this means keeping things like contact solution, mini toothpaste, make-up remover, etc. in a cute cosmetic bag, so it's easy to pack, unpack, re-pack and not leave anything behind

4. Have back-ups. Usually with shorter trips, even after I've done steps 1 and 2, I still like to have a few back-up pieces.. whether that means taking an extra-warm cardigan in case of unexpected chilly mornings, or sandals in case of unexpected sunny weather. I want to take full advantage and be prepared {be careful not to overdo it, though, or you'll end up with your entire closet!}

5. Break up your list into categories. Well, assuming you make packing lists.. or is that just me? I break my list up into categories.. so I have items under "electronics" {phone & camera chargers}, "essentials" {contacts, lotion}, and "accessories"

Thoughts? What are some of your tips for packing when it comes to spontaneous weekend getaways?
 I'd love to hear them! xo

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