I have just been on an overseas trip and one of the factors in planning your trip is deciding what clothes to take without packing your whole wardrobe. After all you have a weight limit for your luggage and you want to leave room for any shopping you may do overseas.
The secret is to mix and match your outfits so that you have minimum items but maximum outfits. This does require a little advance planning, but when you don’t have to carry a heavy suitcase or pay for extra luggage; it is totally worth the time.
One of the biggest mistakes we make is over packing. It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking ‘what if’. What if I suddenly need that jacket I have not yet worn? What if I need an extra pair of evening shoes? Relax, if you have not yet worn that jacket then odds are that you won’t wear it on your trip and if you plan your outfits in advance, the pair of evening shoes you take will match all your outfits.
The first thing to consider when packing is your travel plans. Travelling for work will require slightly different outfits than travelling for pleasure.
Next, think about the location and weather. Will you be travelling to a warm climate or a cold one?
Finally plan your travel wardrobe. Write a check-list of what you really need and only pack these items.
My biggest tip is to select clothes in neutral colours. This way they will always match with all your other clothing items and you don’t have to worry about shoes and jackets not matching. Blues, blacks and charcoal colours are great because they don’t show the dirt. Shoes and handbags in these colours are also easy to mix and match which means that you only need to pack a couple of pairs of shoes and one or two handbags.
Of course, tailor your check-list to your travel plans. If all else fails, you can always buy some extra clothes when you arrive at your destination.