As the world gets globalized, more people are traveling to destinations around the globe. We want to make the most out of these trips, but packing mistakes and wardrobe malfunctions can get in the way. These are the 5 most common packing mistakes and how to avoid them.
1. Overpacked and heavy suitcase/carry-on
Yes, we get it. As a stylish woman, you want to make sure to bring all your clothing options you can fit in your suitcase (since there will be a lot of photo-taking). Yet, carrying a heavy and overpacked suitcase is a hassle and time consuming.
How to Avoid: Try to bring simple and versatile pieces that you can mix and match, that will go well with most items in your closet (such as a white shirt or a black blazer). Also, bring items you can wear many ways to shrink down the size of your suitcase. For example, the Elma reversible knitted dress is great since you can get at least 2 different looks and they look great in photos.
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2. Being unprepared for weather change
Depending on your destination, the weather might be drastically different from your hometown. If you don’t plan ahead, you might be left with a suitcase full of clothes that are either too hot or too cold to wear. For example, let’s say you’re flying from Los Angeles to Moscow in March. You only packed a light jacket since the temperature in L.A. ranges from 45°F to 60°F. However, you will soon regret it when you land in Moscow and the warmest temperature is around 20°F.
How to Avoid: always check your smartphone weather apps and websites before you start packing and bring clothes that are weather-appropriate.
3. Not protecting Containers of liquids
Due to the change in air pressure, bottles can pop open or leak throughout the flight. After a leaking bottle of makeup remover in my checked luggage ruined some of my clothes, I have learned my lesson to never forget to protect bottles of liquid. Don’t let this happen to you!
How to avoid: place some ceramic wrap under the lid of the bottle before screwing the top back on and wrap your toiletries in an extra plastic bag.
4. Wrinkled Clothes
Because your clothes get pressed in the suitcase for hours on the plane or other transport, they get wrinkled. Wrinkled clothes look sloppy, which you want to avoid since you never know who you’ll bump into.
How to Avoid: Unless you want to bring a steamer or try using a hairdryer or a hair straightener, avoid this by checking the fabric material when you pack to make sure they do not easily wrinkle (here are wrinkle-resistant fabrics).
5. Uncomfortable Clothes and Shoes
Even though looking stylish is definitely important, it’s hard to enjoy your trip if you are constantly fixing your clothes and your feet are hurting. Clothes that are too tight and ill-fitting, as well as uncomfortable shoes, are both big no-no's when traveling.
How to avoid: Pack items that you know are comfortable and avoid clothes that are too tight (eg. skirts that ride up). The same goes for shoes. I always bring two (or more) pairs of shoes that I know are comfortable and stylish. Like these Vince slip-ons for when there is a lot of walking involved and Prada wedge heels for more formal occasions.
Don’t forget to bring an extra outerwear or a scarf for during your flight. Airplane rides can definitely get uncomfortably cold due to air pressure change and the AC. Our Vivian Reversible Cardigan is the perfect lightweight and wrinkle-resistant cardigan/sweater to keep you warm and comfortable. You can roll it up in your carry-on or tie it around your waist.
These are the 5 most common packing mistakes that you don't want to make and how to avoid them. Hopefully, you have learned some tips about packing (use them next time). Good luck on your next trip!
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