Although there are very few benefits of being in a long-distance relationship, getting to go to England happens to be one of those benefits (and the only one at that) in my case! Coming up in a few weeks I will be saying goodbye to little West Michigan and hello to England! Although I am more than looking forward to finally seeing my boyfriend, meeting his family, and living out my Mary-Kate and Ashley dreams, (Winning London anyone?) with traveling inevitably comes…packing. I don’t know about you, but packing for a month long trip to a place that you’ve never been is not the easiest task, especially when you are a person that likes to be prepared for everything. I know I did a tips post last week, but this one seemed fitting! So here are a few tips that I have gathered when it comes to long travel packing!
- Plan! I both love and hate my incessant need to plan (I guess that’s why I’m getting a degree in it), but in this case, it works to my advantage. I know this sounds crazy but I will physically put on outfits and take pictures of them ahead of time so I know exactly what to pack. This helps me find multiple outfits around one top which in the end leads to less clothing to pack.
- Be monochromatic (shocking coming from me, I know). This one is pretty easy for me as most of my closet consists of blacks, grays, and whites, but it makes mix-matching SO much easier. By keeping it all in the same color-family you are (almost) completely worry free about not matching. I like to every once in a while add pops of color in lipstick, scarves, and maybe one or two tops.
- Know what’s most important to you. By this I mean…decide whether you can go without that fifth pair of shoes in order to take two extra jackets, and visa-versa. Unfortunately, you can’t take everything.
- Watch the weather. This is a big one for me as I am cold well….99% of the time. I can ask my boyfriend as many times as I want what kind of clothes I should bring, but he is a personal heater so I can’t take his advice to heart too much. I watch the weather to basically know how many layers I should plan on wearing because let’s be real, no one likes being cold.
- Last but not least, don’t stress. Traveling is fun and although I like to be prepared, I try my best not to over think it. You can always wash and re-wear your clothes and you can buy clothes there (this happens anyways) if need be.
Maybe I am crazy and think way too much into packing, but hey, to each their own. I thoroughly enjoy packing because I know it means I am getting to travel, and to me that makes it all worth it!
P.S. I will be in London for a couple of nights and then I will also be in Edinburgh for a few nights so if anyone has any must-sees, feel free to comment below!