Packing for a road trip is never as easy as it seems. Sure, you may only be gone for a weekend, but packing light while incorporating your fashion sense in your suitcase is almost an oxymoron. As the spring begins to peep its head around winter’s corner, everyone is bursting with spring fever and road trips are the best way to welcome the new season of skirts and skin. The only thing is, spring time in Canada is not so cut and dry. In fact, it’s the opposite of dry. One day it pours, the next day the sun is shining. Spring time roadies in Canada are tough weather conditions to pack for. Bearing all of this in mind, I have a few packing tips that have worked for me over the years and will hopefully carry me through this upcoming weekend as I venture, with two other nuts to beautiful Quebec City.
Before I go anywhere, I always make a list of what I’ll need. It’s nice to have a reference point, just to skim over before you pop out the door. Consider your itinerary and craft a list based upon what you forsee the next two or three days will hold.
So you’ve got the basics down. How can you narrow down your tops to a selection of 5 that you can easily mix and match? Fashion and lifestyle blogger Joanna Goddard of A CUP OF JO has a great suggestion for creating a suitcases size wardrobe that is easy to mix and match. She says that sticking to one colour scheme is your best bet for packing light. I like to include one or two colour schemes in my suitcase for a splash of diversity. Joanna Goddard also suggests bringing a statement piece in a bold colour. Coral pants are my statement piece of choice. This colour is fun, fresh, and shows great in photos because, lets face it, a million photos will appear on Facebook shortly after the roadie. All of my other pieces are either neutral or pair with the coral pants.
I know it’s hard not to pull out your biggest, mammoth sized suitcases and stuff your entire closet into it. But if you start with a small bag you’ll be less inclined to bring unnecessary items. Check out this great tip for saving space when packing jewellery.
Check in with your “travel mates”: When hitting the road with a group of your best buds, it’s a good idea to check in with your coiffure companions. Instead of ending up with 3 blow dryers, 2 straighteners and infinity curling irons, you can save on space by planning out which hair utensils each of you will bring to the table.
Map it out: When I’m packing, I like to place my clothes on my bed before hitting the road. This allows me to get a visual of my outfits, what works together and what could be left behind.
In a nutshell, I hope you have a great weekend. Happy packing and safe travels!