At a friend’s baby shower last week I was talking to two other girls around my age about how I’ve always lived in cities, and that’s why I’ve gone so long without my driver’s license  They both said they couldn’t imagine traveling light, whenever they go anywhere they bring two suitcases too many and stuff their cars full. I agreed that girls who grow up relying on public transit learn to pack light VERY early on. 

That doesn’t mean everyone else can’t LEARN, though. And here I have a few tips for those of you who may be planning a quick trip out of town and want to pack light—but still look put together.

  • Pick One, and Only One, Pair of Shoes. I know its hard. BELIEVE me, I know. But shoes take up a ton of space. I could allow for two pairs if one is a squishable set of flats, or a pair of those emergency slip-on flats that roll up. But, seriously, only take one pair. Choose a color that will be easy to pair with most of your wardrobe AND are comfortable to walk in. If you still want height, and are weary of ONLY packing heels, go with wedges, they tend to beeasier on the feet. 
  • Go for Fashionable-Comfort on Travel Days. My favorite go-to travel outfit is an oversized sweater or sweatshirt with skinny jeans, as you can plainly see from the above.
  • Pick One Bigger Bag and One Smaller/Clutch Sized Bag. I spent most of the days during my recent trips on interviews or in meetings, which required a big bag for my laptop. At night I wanted to be able to ditch the big bag for when I went out to dinner. A small clutch will fit inside the bigger bag, no problem. Make sure your bigger bag matches all your outfits, as you’ll probably do what I did and use it as a second piece of luggage and stash a bottle of soda and a half-eaten baguette in there. 
  • Keep the Outfits Simple, Pack Tons of Jewelry. This is an easy way to feel like you can vary the outfits from day to night and from one day to the next without actually packing more clothing. Jewelry takes up next to no space in your luggage, so bring what you want within reason. 
So, there we have it. Hit the road. I’m staying in for a while. But send a postcard.

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