How To Mary Poppins: Checked Luggage Prohibited

Pack Like a Boss For 1-21 Days

Seriously, if you haven't read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, you should either do that now, or right after you finish reading this. For. Real. I started tidying up my clothes...then everything else around my house...and now I'm in the process of tidying up my life. The very basic premise: surround yourself with things (and relationships) that bring you joy. Packing shouldn't be any different.

OK, here is what you need to know:

  • Only Take 1
    The many times I thought to myself: I just need one more flannel, for variety's sake. False. I didn't, and you don't. So put that second pair of jeans away and don't even think about brining more than one pair of "practical" shoes.
  • Neutralize Your Palette
    Like a bland saltine between those half ounce pours of red wine or a sniff of coffee beans at the Jo Malone counter, get neutral and stick with simple colors that all work together. Even if you're on your way to a Hawaiian island, keep the colors, patterns and loud  stuff to a minimum. In order to pack for up to 21 days in carry-on luggage, you're gonna need to stick to: whites, blacks, grays and earth tones that ALL mesh well.
  • Let's Get Together, Yeah Yeah Yeah
    Make sure every top goes with every bottom, and every jacket/sweater/shawl goes with every pair of shoes. Stick to that and you'll be successful. 
  • When In Doubt, Take It Out
    If your having second thoughts or are talking yourself into a certain item, kick it to the curb like that guy who keeps coming up with elaborate excuses for why he keeps canceling on you...when in reality he's not technically or actually available (you're probably his chick on the side) but I digress...
    Just take out that tank top, ok? If you have to think about it, it doesn't bring you joy. Joy is an automatic feeling about something you love...when it's not automatic-electric-can't help it joy, consider that its not joy at all. And it's those things we talk ourselves into keeping around that just weigh us down instead of lift us up...or, urm, don't actually enhance the outfit (my god lady, just stick to packing tips #yogateacherproblems).
  • Roll With It
    Yes, roll your clothes. It's not an original idea, and some skeptics say it doesn't help, but they just ain't rolling tight enough. 
  • Toiletries
    Besides things like hairspray and dry shampoo that you can't exactly redistribute, buy a nice little set of travel size containers and fill them with your favorite products, and, surprise, surprise: be essential. Your skin will last without it's weekly mask and you can exfoliate with a dry cloth for your hotel room instead of 3 different creams/toners/washing contraptions.*
  • Love Your Luggage
    If you plan to travel, go invest in kick ass luggage. My suggestion is a carry-on roller and a small duffle or roomie backpack.  
  • Bous Advice: Unpack
    If you're staying somewhere more than 2 nights, empty everything out into drawers, a closet, shelf etc. Get it all out and play some real ball. 

*I'm a slight hypocrite with over 13 bottles of god knows what on my bathroom counter and a ginormous piece of checked luggage (so big that it's literally always 2 pounds over the legal limit and i have to sweet talk the person behind the Delta counter to let it slide...) BUT, my current trip is officially 24 days and therefore I have no shame.