There’s a whole lot that can be said about packing for a trip. Do you want to bring a carry-on only, check a bag, bring a suitcase or a hiking pack? Since we’re going on a pretty standard trip (and one checked bag is free on international flights), it made this decision quite easy for me as far as what type of case to bring.
What to fill it with, however, is a different story.
Start by researching the weather at your destination. Look at average temps and weather patterns for previous years. If you know someone in the area, ask them! We’re lucky because my mother-in-law can give us daily updates. We’re going to Ireland in August; the weather is decent: probably a few rainy days, generally cloudy, hopefully one or two days of sun, temperatures should be in the 60s.
Once you know more about the weather possibilities, it’s time to hit the closet. Since the weather will be pretty typical fall weather like we have in Minnesota, I’ve already got a good start; however, there are a few holes in my wardrobe. For example, I know I need one or two new pairs of jeans and some comfortable yet cute walking shoes/boots.
Layers will be key on almost any vacation. I bought a cute jacket a few months ago, so I’ll grab a few t-shirts to put underneath it and pair with scarves. Then, if it gets warm, I can take off my scarf or jacket, depending on just how warm it is. Whoever invented layering is a genius.
On top of all that, you have your personal items and extras (think books, camera, etc).
There are two ways to pack: weeks before and days before.
I’m a days-before kind of gal.
I make a list about a week before we go and then one afternoon, I’ll gather everything from the list and put them into piles of outfits. This way I make sure every piece goes with something else (preferably they’ll go with more than one item to better utilize space!).
By packing close to when we leave, I’m prevented from checking my suitcase every two days to make sure I packed these shoes or pulling out a shirt I needed to wear to work and possibly forgetting to wash it and put it back in. However, I know people who love packing everything early. Everyone has their own style.
Here’s a little run-down of what I’ll pack:
- Two pairs of jeans
- One pair of shorts
- Five to six semi-nice tops/t-shirts for day trips
- Casual jacket for during the day
- Two nice tops for dinners
- Pair of awesome walking shoes
- Two to three scarves (no more because I guarantee I’ll buy at least one three when I’m there)
- Comfy pants/sweatshirt for evenings in
- One going-out outfit (and heels only if I have room)
- Raincoat (it is Ireland, after all)
That’s packing basics for ya! It’s crazy to think that it’s almost time to start packing, yay!
Let me know…did I miss anything?