Is it just me, or do you sometimes lose all logic and reason when you’re packing?
Out of nowhere, it seems that suddenly, you’re packing 20 pairs of underwear for a weekend trip ‘just in case’ or even pulling out a sweater you haven’t worn in ages because the weather forecast says it might be a little chilly? I don’t know what it is about the blank canvas of an empty suitcase that makes us go crazy!
Since I’m getting back into traveling this year, I’ve decided to take full control of my packing. If you remember from this post here, I recently gave my kitchen and Chloe’s room a ‘Marie Kondo’ makeover and it’s been so much easier to keep track of where everything is. So why not use that same logic and apply it when packing?
Here’s how I’ve Marie Kondo’d my suitcase:
Folding your clothes the Marie Kondo or the ‘KonMari Method’ way is the best! It’s kind of an ‘always roll your clothes in your suitcase’ hybrid where you fold items upright in your suitcase so you can easily spot what item is what and it saves you time when you’re unpacking and prevents you from being stressed-out frantically looking for something. Taking a little extra time before you take off will make all the difference! PS: if you don’t know how to fold Marie Kondo style… this video really helped!
2. Pack Practically
When you’re packing, it helps to think practically. For example, instead of packing the 20 pairs of underwear for a weekend trip just in case… count out the days you’ll be gone and maybe throw in one or two extra. There’s no need for excess items to take up space in your suitcase. So, those pair of boots that you’re in love with that hurt like hell to walk in, should probably stay home. Or if you really want – plan out the outfits you want to wear and write them down on a list to help you organize your thoughts. That way, you have an idea of what you’re wearing, or at least have an arsenal of outfit ideas that you can easily throw on in the morning!
3. Does it Spark Joy?
Okay, be honest. How many times have you heard/seen that phrase in the last month? No matter how meme-able it is, it truly helps when you’re packing. Similarly, if you’re a big shopper when you travel, it’s easy to get caught up in the hype of your environment and start buying everything around you. So take a step back and ask your self, ‘Does it spark joy?’ If the answer is yes, then ask yourself if you only like it because of your current environment or will it actually work for your everyday life back home?
To give some context, our Editorial Director Jane once bought a hammock in Mexico when she knew she didn’t have a backyard at the time to hang it in, just because it was cheap and everyone else was buying one! Talk about FOMO! Or let’s talk about when our Editor Hannah, bought an Eyore pillow-pet that she definitely didn’t need when she went to Disneyland for the first time and got WAY too caught up in the hype.