With increasing travel costs, it is even more important to pack wisely and compact. Here are a few tips that will save you time and money:
Make a list of everything you need for the trip. That way you’ll be sure not to forget anything.
Keep your travel itinerary on your phone or tablet. As an added measure, you can also keep a folder to keep a paper airline itinerary, boarding info, hotel and car rental information, etc. so in the unfortunate event that you cannot retrieve your information.
Consider your fabrics. Choose fabrics that resist wrinkles. Microfibers, knits, silks, wools, (items that may have a little spandex) are fabrics that will maintain its shape and minimize wrinkling.
Coordinate your colors. To maximize your wardrobe, create a capsule of two colors – a neutral color (preferably a darker color) and a color to complement. An example could be navy/beige cluster consisting of a jacket, skirt (or sheath dress), trouser, printed blouse (has capsule colors), solid beige blouse, beige cardigan, navy heels and brown flats. You may want to include gym shoes and 2 tees and short for your workouts.
For your travel clothes, layering is key. For instance, back to the color capsule, you could wear brown trousers (has a little stretch), a brown print tunic. with the brown flats. For your outerwear, you can wear a cape like the one in the picture. It is stylish, compact and can keep you warm.
Carry your accessories for each outfit in a separate bag. You can use a Ziploc bag or I use sheer, drawstring pouches (I purchased 10 for about $5 at Walmart) and place them in my zipper section in my purse or carry-on bag.
Know where your hotel’s laundry facilities are located and opt to wash your clothing. You can also take advantage of the hotel’s laundry service if you prefer. You can use the shower curtain bar as a clothesline to hang your hand-washed lingerie. Additionally, I keep a gallon size Ziploc bag or grocery bag to keep my soiled items if I am unable to launder.
These tips will help make your travel experience easier while saving money (not having to pay for extra baggage or buying clothing because you forgot something) and still maintaining your sense of style.
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