It's that time of year again! Holidays mixed with the frantic realization that I only have a few short, sweet weeks left at home before I reside in a bus for a few months. I get lots and lots of questions about how I pack small for these shenanigans. I'm not going to lie - it's hard. However, I've created somewhat of a formula to this whole mess so it's gotten a tad easier.
The first step to it all is the planning process, so we'll start there! I have a bad habit of wearing the exact same sort of thing everyday. At home it's boring and predictable - on the road, it's a godsend. Honestly, tour is probably WHY I essentially have a uniform... it's just easier. I am the sort of person that gets real frustrated real quick in the closet, so the less I have to think, the better.
There are only a few rules to this small packing madness:
- Do not pack one thing that needs to be ironed.
- Pack things that can be worn multiple ways and multiple days before getting washed.
- Be realistic about your plans. Want to throw in a fancy dress on the off chance you get invited somewhere awesome? Don't. If plans like that arise, make a quick trip to Zara or H&M for a passable outfit. (plus packing a fancy dress turns into packing shoes, bag, jewelry, etc... no.)
- Don't overpack toiletries. Those are the easiest things to replace.
- DO bring along a little luxury from your routine at home. I always use lavender lotion on my hands before bed, so I bring it... things like that make me feel a little less displaced.
Here are my picks for the upcoming tour. Hey, Madewell - want to be best friends??
Here's my thinking - I need to bring 7 days worth of clothes that can actually get me through 14 days if I mix and match outfits. Laundry days aren't guaranteed!
Pants - Bring black jeans and a pair of black leggings that could potentially be dressed up if needed.
Shirts - Bring 3-4 colors of my favorite t-shirt. Bring a flannel or denim shirt that can be worn on its own or layered. Bring a cardigan that can be a cozy alternative to flannel/denim layering option. One nicer shirt - it has to work at shows/meetings, but if we randomly get a night where we can splurge on dinner, I want to look ok. At the end of the day - a pretty necklace and some red lipstick can transform almost any outfit into something a little more special.
Shoes/Coat/etc - One pair of shoes and coat that can get me through any situation (wouldn't look out of place at a nicer restaurant, but still works in a casual setting). Finally, I'll throw in a few pairs of tights and a couple of jersey dresses just for some outfit alternatives.
All of this can fit in to a carry on suitcase! BAM. And that's how it's done.
Actually going to have a very real scenario for you soon! Working on my packing list for my recent trip to Austin to give you a peek into how this all works IRL (do people still use that abbreviation?).
Best of packing luck!