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Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #9

Packing Trick For A Holiday Getaway

suitcase-468445_1280Packing can be a royal pain! Packing for a short-term holiday trip can be especially frustrating so I have a few tips to make it a little easier.

For quite some time now I’ve been rolling my clothing when I travel but then a couple of years ago I saw a demonstration that changed my packing life forever. Rolling an entire outfit with accessories is a beautiful thing for a several reasons:

  1. Carry-on. Enough said.
  2. Organized and efficient, rolling and packing saves time as dressing is a cinch because all you have to do is pick a bundle.
  3. Hotel cooties, Yikes!! While not a cure-all, keeping my outfits in my suitcase until I’m ready to wear them gives me a little comfort.
  4. Ironing is drastically reduced. Personally if I can avoid packing clothing that requires ironing all the better.
  5. Don’t forget to include what you wear to your destination. As you’ll note in my example I chose to wear my tuxedo jacket for extra layers.

Using the same outfits in my Blind Woman’s Guide To Easy Holiday Glamour, the following photo grids demonstrate how the process works:

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  1. Dress pants folded along the creases then folded in half
  2. Dress shirt buttoned folded in half lengthwise, sleeves folder under is placed on top of the pants
  3. Cami is folded in half lengthwise the placed on top of the shirt
  4. Jewelry is in a medium-sized drawstring pouch and placed on top of the cami

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  1. I begin rolling the complete set and place my clutch on top to be rolled in
  2. Roll with the clutch included
  3. Completed roll
  4. Carry on bag has three complete outfits (2 mentioned above) and a sweater and leggings along with a pair of heels. Unmentionables are placed in the bag,s pockets along with toiletries and extra bags for dirty laundry. You may have noticed I didn’t include the tuxedo jacket, read on…

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  1. Since the heels are black suede I store them in plastic bags which comes in handy when packing
  2. Three drawstring pouches. Before I had these I used to use clear sandwich bags.
  3. This is my travel outfit. Jeans, black sleeveless mock neck top, dangling fringe earrings, chunky bracelet, black tote bag and I’d wear black ankle boots.
  4. Tuxedo jacket is part of my travel outfit – BAM!!

There you have it. This example was for carry on but it could be applied to additional luggage. If I wanted to carry my toiletry bag I would simply pack my tote.

I hope these tips are beneficial. Do you have any tricks you use when traveling? Please do tell.

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