Theres been a lot of talk around the blogosphere lately about simplifying you lifestyle, being a more conscious consumer, a more responsible maker, and over all more mindful of the earth, your wallet, and your space. This brought to mind my experience packing for our trip to Paris last year, and how I recovered from being a chronic over-packer all in one "light-bulb" moment of clarity.
Here's the break down: Last September, the Gentleman and I were preparing for our 10-day trip to Paris - both of our first time over seas. As we were discussing our plans and things of importance we couldn't forget (i.e. passport, camera, cash, etc.) he subtly slips in "We need to pack light since we are going to be hopping around from place to place" with an added look of warning in my direction. Um... me? Pack light? I'm sorry you must have me mistaken for someone else. You see, I
am was a member of over-packers anonymous - my packing technique went something like this: open closet, grab anything you see that you like to wear, shove in suitcase till seams are bulging, reconsider what has to come out to make room for toothbrush, close suitcase, lug stubbornly to airport. But I know all too well what that look of warning from the Gentleman means ... hunker down, and make it work!
Fast forward to packing day. I'm staring at my open suitcase (by suitcase of course I mean tiniest possible carry-on you can imagine), then at my closet, sinking feeling in my stomach. When suddenly it hit me like a sack of doorknobs - you are in fashion school dummy! Just pretend you are putting together a mini-collection! HELLO!! In less than 30 min by little bag was zipped up with room to spare for on-the-trip purchases. Since then, my packing life has never been the same. I've come up with a fool-proof formula PLUS a free printable to guide you in keeping your bag light, and your vacation dressing stress-free!
First things first, click HERE to download and print your FREE packing list printable!
Next, fill out your sheet BEFORE even looking in your closet!! Yes, you heard that right, and dont ignore me missy because this part is very important. It's easier to keep things minimized by going off what pieces pop into your head from memory - as soon as you open that closet you will get distracted and want to throw all the prettiness you see in your bag. Thats why its best to come up with a game plan first! I usually do this step when I'm not even at the house.
How to FILL OUT YOUR LIST: