Let's face it, deciding what clothes to pack for vacation is not easy. On one hand, no one likes overpacking and toting a bunch of heavy luggage through the airport. On the other hand, no one likes limiting their wardrobe and leaving out items they love to wear.
What if I told you that you don't have to choose? That there is a way to pack lightly AND pack clothes that you absolutely love?!
WELL IT'S TRUE! For a full two week stay in Trinidad and Tobago, I packed one carry-on item and one personal item. Keep reading and I will teach you exactly how I did it!
I have more of a classic style. I love wearing neutral tones (black, white, beige, denim and grey) with gold accent jewelry. Before my trip to Trinidad & Tobago, I was convinced that packing lightly meant compromising my personal style - but it doesn't mean that at all!
Before my trip, I decided to be very intentional about packing lightly and bringing outfits that were both comfortable and true to my personal style. I tried not to overcomplicate the situation by sifting through every piece of clothing I owned. Instead, I broke the process down into four simple steps!
1. DO YOUR LAUNDRY
After a little over a week, I gathered up all of my dirty clothes and washed them. Once they were dry, I took out my suitcase and began packing my favorite items. These were frequently worn staples that I loved. I packed black skinny jeans, denim skinny jeans, grey skinny jeans, and my black and white tees. It is important to note, this is only feasible if you live in a climate comparable to where you will be going. I didn't pack shorts because I was told that the locals wear pants even in the heat, so this method worked well for me.
2. FILL IN THE GAPS
After I had packed some of my wardrobe staples, I noticed there were a few classic items missing, so I began to fill in the gaps with versatile pieces. I added a white tank top, a couple of maxi dresses, two bathing suits, some beach shorts and a leather Moto jacket.
3. COMPLETE THE LOOKS
Once the carry-on was 80% full, I packed items to complete the versatile looks I had chosen. I packed a chunky gold chain necklace, a long pendant necklace, sandals and one pair of dress shoes. I knew that these items could be worn with any combination of the other items I had previously packed. Whenever you are choosing clothing for a long vacation, versatility is key! Don't just pack things you can wear once. Pack things that can be work multiple times and can be paired with different pieces.
4. DON'T FORGET THE ESSENTIALS
Don't forget about packing under garments, pajamas (2 pair), washrag, makeup (which I barely wore because it was so hot), and hair supplies.
I had some extra space in my carry-on, so I decided to pack a couple more dresses that I didn't even end up wearing. I didn't include those unworn items in the image above. It just goes to show that I could have packed even lighter.
No matter what you pack, there are usually malls and shopping markets at your destination which will allow you to add unique items to your collection. Be sure to save some space in your luggage or carry-on to account for those additional items.
So there it is, a simple way to pack lightly and not compromise your personal style. Now you're ready to travel the world!
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