How to Pack for a Trip

Let’s talk about clothes a little differently. Let’s talk about packing up your favorite fashions for Holiday travels! Here’s my advice on how to pack for a trip.

How to Pack For a Trip

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I’d say that I travel on a fairly regular basis. I travel to and from New York to visit family, my husband and I frequently go on weekend getaways, we travel for weddings and other events, plus my family and I try to take vacations as often as we can. With all of that wonderful travel comes packing! I don’t mind packing, that’s the easy part. Putting it all away after returning from a lovely, but exhausting trip is what I find difficult! To make packing the easy part for you too, follow this guide on how to pack for a trip.

In advance of your trip, consider where you’ll be going on your trip and what you’ll be doing. Be sure to have the items and articles of clothing needed for your trip before you pack. For example, if you’re attending a wedding while you travel, make sure you have or shop for an appropriate outfit before you pack. You don’t want to have your suitcase out and then realize, oh no, I don’t have anything to wear!

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How To Pack For a Trip

Step One

Get out that suitcase! Duh, but while you’re doing this start thinking about what you want to wear on your upcoming trip. If anything that pops into your mind is dirty, do some laundry so it can be washed while you’re adding items to your suitcase that are already ready to go.

Step Two

Look up what the weather will be at your destination while you’re there. Because you want to look at the most accurate weather forecast possible, I don’t recommend packing until 1-3 days before your trip.

Step Three

Pull out accessories and shoes that will work for multiple outfits. The less you have to pack the better!


Step Four

Don’t forget pajamas! I forget sleepwear all the time. Pack your pajamas according to how long you’ll be away.

Step Five

At this point, set aside an outfit to wear while traveling and any other items you can’t pack in advance because you’ll use them the day of traveling. Examples are, makeup, a curling iron, toothbrush, medicine, etc. Having these items set aside and ready to use makes them easy to throw into plastic baggies if needed, and then your carry on while you’re getting ready the day that you are traveling.

As a side note, if you’re needing boots or any other large articles of clothing on your trip, wear them while you’re traveling so they don’t take up a ton of space in your suitcase.

Also, Dress in layers while traveling. It may be annoying to take boots or a sweater on and off while going through security, but you’ll save a lot of extra packing space by wearing these items instead of packing them. I have a list of winter travel outfit ideas right here!

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Whew! This may make packing seem like a bit of a chore because it is! But, following this guide will limit the chance of forgetting something or feeling stressed out because you waited until the last minute to throw stuff in your bag.

Be sure to Pin this post so it is easily accessible the next time you travel!

What do you think of these tips? Do you have any of your own to share? If so, please do so in the comments below!

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  1. Anonymous
    November 16, 2019 / 4:50 am

    Great post! ????

  2. December 4, 2017 / 6:52 am

    Thanks for the tips. I’m glad you suggested wearing my boots rather than packing them in a suitcase. They do take up way too much space and makes your bag heavy.

    • Morgan Celeste
      December 4, 2017 / 8:25 am

      So true! The lighter you can make your bag, the better!

    • Morgan Celeste
      December 3, 2017 / 8:50 am

      You’re welcome! I’m glad you found them helpful!

  3. December 1, 2017 / 3:31 pm

    Agree with step 3 and 4. I always plan my outfit before traveling!!

    • Morgan Celeste
      December 1, 2017 / 8:50 pm

      Planning makes it so much easier! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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