Updated on January 5, 2016
Streamlined Clothing Equals easier Packing
I had a request to discuss how I am able to pack one carry-on for both Bean and I when we go on vacation. It really isn’t very hard if you already have just a few clothes, like me. For Bean, or children, I do find it more challenging. In my house, Bean has all of the clothes. In the beginning, it was because she would soil everything so quickly and I am not good at getting stains out. Now, Bean has more clothes because I am trying to balance giving her too many clothes and not giving her enough. We always have some clothes coming in the house and a bag of clothes going out.
My wardrobe consists of a few pencil skirts that I bought a couple of years ago in colors that who match well with tops that I already owned: black, blue, beige, grey and a few printed ones. I have a few basic colored cardigans to layer when the weather is cooler. I purged all of the dresses and other items that I did not absolutely love and ended up with three-year around every day dresses that I really like. I have a four nice church dresses and a few tops and bottoms for church as well that mix and match throughout the year.
Bean loves dresses, just like me. It makes her wardrobe about as simple as mine. She has church dresses, school uniforms and everyday dresses. She does have a couple of skirts and tops that she can mix and match, but dresses are by far the easiest thing to grab out of the closet and put on. She has more accessories than I do, like headbands and tights. Dressing herself and doing her hygiene in the morning should take no longer than ten minutes if she can focus on what she is doing.
With that said, packing for a trip is normally pretty simple depending on where we are going. If we are going to a climate that is the same as ours, I can just pull out our current wardrobe and pack it in the suitcase. If we are going to the opposite climate, then I will need to look at the clothes I have put away for Bean. My clothes can be layered, so it is not such a big deal for me. We both only have a few pairs of shoes, so I pick a pair of shoes that match the outfits that I have packed.
Normally, we have at the most, one event where we may dress up. Depending on my mood and the event, I may choose our really nice things and pack a little more than usual. If I can’t be bothered, I will just make our everyday items a little more polished.
For toiletries, we share. I have a Ziploc baggie of trial size shower gel, toothpaste, lotion, aloe vera gel, deodorant, and lip gloss. We both are pretty low maintenance, so we do not need to pack items like curling irons, combs, brushes, make-up, etc. I have been low maintenance for so long, I really don’t know what other people pack that makes their bags so full of stuff.
One thing that I have learned is that we almost never use all of the clothes that we pack. However long our trips are, I like to pack outfits that will allow everything to be worn at least twice. Even with that, there have been times that I come home and realize we haven’t worn something. With every opportunity to travel, we get the chance to perfect our packing.
In all honesty, we are getting ready to spend two weeks out of the country. This particular trip I will not be packing as lightly as I normally do. One reason is that we are going to spend time in two different climates. The other is that a friend wants me to bring her some items from her family members. I will try to keep our personal items to one carry-on and the other items to a personal bag. Wish me luck…and tell me how you pack lightly!