Sorry for the delay, I'm still moving so i'm having this bittersweet taste towards packing. Anyway, I finished packing my suitcase and now I can tell you what to do and not to do. There's something I forgot to tell you in the intro, you need to pack waaay before your trip. Sounds stupid but while I started packing three days earlier, I finished 5 hours before my flight (a horrible and frustrating experience!).
In part I, it was all about research...
The Universal Packing List which calculates a list according to some information like days of stay, temperature, type of accomodation, etc. I found the Packing List by Travellerspoint.com which turned useful too. This list will become handy when you come back as well, this way you won't loose anything and you'll have everything in order.
Resort Trip Packing List via Closet Couture
There's no point in taking 365 pairs of shoes if you'll end up using only two pairs of flats. Remember, everything weights and everything occupies space, it's better if you take one coat and three turtle neck sweaters than just two coats. They'll weight the same, but you'll have more chances of combining them. Advices? Take lots of leggings and tights if you're going to cold weather, they'll weight less and are by far, easier to combine (tights with skirts and shorts). Jeans tend to weight more, but don't forget to take at least two pairs.
- what about shoes? I think I'm the wrong person to give advice in this matter but hey, i'm writing about it! I took a whole suitcase (a little one) full of shoes... THAT is a don't. Better put everything in one suitcase, if you're sure you're paying overweight at least save the need to pay for an extra suitcase. Unfortunately it's in my nature to carry with lots of shoes everywhere I go... so yeah, I paid for an extra suitcase (sorry dad!) advices? Take different kinds of shoes, a pair of flats, a pair of boots, etc. Try not to take more of each kind or color, it will be easier to combine and you'll have more diversity.
- what about jewelry? Jewelry often goes unnoticed until you're taking the bag out in the airport because overweight and you figure out it weights 2 kg. Same advice as with the shoes, economize! Take one thing of each kind! Avoid heavy jewelry or if you really want to take it with you, wear it the day you're traveling (i don't recomend this too much, you'll be uncomfortable during the flight).
The dreadful task of packing has finally appeared... and it's easier than you imagine. I was going to go step through step explaining how to pack your clothes but I think I should let an expert explain how to pack fashion. Someone like... Ms. Anna Dello Russo! (fashion director of Japanese Vogue for those who ignore it), known for her excentric wardrobe (MY dream wardrobe).
For those of you who are not packing for a fashion week and want to know exactly how to pack, visit ehow, it's extremely useful and you'll find a guide for everything. I followed some basic advices:
- rolling clothes takes less space (jeans, pants, leggings, sweaters)
- put the toiletries bag inside a plastic bag as well, if something spills it won't stain your clothes.
- pack shoes in cotton or plastic bags, in the bottom or in the free spaces between clothes
- take all important belongings with you in the carry on bag (passport, important papers, cameras, etc.)
- pack the delicate clothes last, you'll be able to hang them first as soon as you get to your destination
About the things you're taking with you on the airplane, try to find a carry on bag where you can take everything. I found this Kipling bag with constellations' print which has a special compartment for my MacBook and for the DSLR. This way I didn't need to get in the plane with three separate bags.
I really hope this turns useful for someone, have a safe trip!!
Myf Sheperd by Luciana Val & Franco Musso, Número 105