I GET IT. SUMMER VACATIONS, WEEKENDS AWAY, A FOUR DAY BUSINESS TRIP SHOULDN'T REQUIRE A TRUCK AND TRAILER OR A LARGER-THAN-LIFE 50LB CHECKED BAG.

Fine. Sue me! But getting dressed is a mood thing, just like packing a bag is a mood thing, amirite? ...and let's not forget about the variant weather and allllll the possible 'what ifs.' Like, what if I decide to take up running while I am on this trip? Do I want the fact that I neglected to pack a pair of running shoes (even though I haven't worn them since 1999) to stop me from taking a pivotal step toward my personal health and wellbeing!? No. What if I randomly get asked to a twenty-six star restaurant?! Do I want to risk sitting next to Julia Roberts without my ridiculously expensive over the knee Louboutin's that I bought specifically for this type of occasion?! Absolutely NOT!

If you think like me when you pack, this article is for you. I dove deep to come up with the following 6 tips that you can implement to cut down on your packing volume, and maximize your wardrobe potential, and best of all, fit it all into a knapsack. Yes, I did just say knapsack.

1. CHOOSE A THEME.

Choosing a colour scheme and sticking to it is key for getting the most out of fewer items. Pack mainly in neutrals (i.e. black, white, grey, tan, navy) and then add one or two coordinating colours. This takes the think work out of coordinating your outfits each day and will also cut down on your need for a shipping container.

2. REPURPOSE LIKE A BOSS.

Consider all the ways that you can leverage each piece you pack: a swimsuit that seconds as a tank, a tote-style handbag that seconds as a beach bag, a maxi dress that seconds as an evening gown. Layerable items that can be dressed up or down are your best ally for packing a tiny bag like a middle-aged man can.

3. RESEARCH A LITTLE.

Find out things like the expected climate, access to laundry facilities, cost to acquire toiletries, and consider what activities will you spend your time doing: formal events, business meetings, days, poolside, hiking, late evenings/early mornings when temperatures dip?

4. THE MAGIC OF ACCESSORIES.

They occupy very little space and, a statement necklace or earrings will transition your outfits from day to night. Light scarves can second as beach covers, and change the look of an outfit in an instant. Hats and sunglasses change the look of an outfit and they protect you from those wrinkle-inducing rays.

5. OH, ABOUT THE SHOES.

Shoes are heavy space hogs. In general consider packing shoes in neutral colors: something weather appropriate, something dressy and something that you can walk for days in. Two to three pairs maximum. Get ready to tell that little voice in your head that you really don’t need more than that, because you really don't.

6. DON'T UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF A LIST.

I admit, I hate lists. I hate anything that makes me feel neurotic and overly organized. But you don’t need to be either of those things to abide by a good list. Do a quick google search and find a list that works for you. The 2 minutes it takes to comb over someone else’s travel list could be the difference between arriving at the airport with, or without your passport.

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