Packing for a trip is always stressful for me, even if it’s just a long weekend. I tortured myself over decisions about what to bring to Miami for Art Basel last week: How many dresses? Should I bring jeans? It’s so hot in Miami! I really don’t want to have to check my bag. But I want to bring every single thing in my closet. Maybe that will all fit in my carry on? And the toiletries! The little bottles. Ugh.
Here’s what I learned this time. Next time I take a trip, will someone please remind me to read this while I’m packing?
1. Count how many going-out nights you’ll have during your trip. Bring that many going-out outfits plus one to feel like you have options. Don’t bring five extra options that will go unworn but will overstuff your suitcase so the airline makes you check your bag.
2. Bring two major necklaces, two major pairs of earrings, two major rings and a bracelet or two that you can mix and match. Be stern with yourself on this point. Do not bring your entire jewelry box. Metal is heavy.
3. If you happen to be test-driving a vaporizer non-cigarette contraption for review purposes, remove six of the eight chargers from the package sent by the manufacturer before shoving the entire parcel in your bag.
4. Count how many days you will be away. Bring enough underwear.
5. Take the time to do the horribly boring job of putting the stuff you use to maintain your lovely complexion into those horrible little travel bottles. Otherwise your forehead will be broken out like a teenager’s by the end of your trip.
7. Wearing boots that slip on and off makes the security line much less painful.
8. Some type of hair oil is necessary for the plane. I pictured my perfectly security-friendly-sized, delicious-smelling sample of Moroccan Oil sitting sad and alone on my bathroom counter while my staticky fly-aways torture-tickled my face as I tried to read.
9. Do not order garments online and have them shipped to your destination no matter how essential they may seem for your trip. They will likely not arrive before you leave your destination and when you ask your friend to ship them to you she will like you just a little bit less. If you’re staying in a hotel you may never see your Internet-purchased garments at all.
10. Pack precisely two jumbo-sized boxes of Good ‘n’ Plenty, one for the outgoing flight, one for the return. Luckily, I got this one exactly right.