Today I’m traveling to study abroad with LSU in Ireland for a month. I am very excited to learn and tour, but the idea of packing baffled me. After spending an entire afternoon laying outfits on my bed, I think I’ve finally figured it out. Here are 8 Packing Tips for Women.
1. Don’t Overpack
Even though you’ll be gone a while, you don’t need to pack your entire closet. Plan on doing laundry once a week, so you’ll only have to pack enough to last a week. Choose only the basics. For example, I packed the following for my trip to Ireland, where the high Saturday is 59°F:
-1 pair of leggings
-3 short-sleeved shirts
-3 long-sleeved shirts
-2 button downs
-1 rain jacket
-3 pairs of shoes
-2 pajama sets
2. Everything Must Match
To double or triple the number of outfits you have, make sure every bottom matches every top, every tank matches every blouse and every shoe matches every item. To do this, pick a simple color scheme of one or two colors and fill in with neutrals like gray, black and white. Everything I packed is either neutral, blue or yellow.
Ireland is much chillier than south Louisiana, and layering is a must. Pack tanks, short-sleeves, long-sleeves, button downs and sweaters. These options will keep you warm, but will also give you plenty of options to mix and match new outfits with only a select few items. All you have to do is switch an undershirt, and you’re suddenly wearing what looks like a new outfit.
4. Pick a Staple Dress
Choose a patterned sundress from your closet with your selected color scheme. You can wear the dress by itself, or tie it together with a sweater or button down. To mix it up even more, add a belt or scarf.
6. Leggings CAN Be Pants
Like it or not, leggings are a fashion lifesaver. Leggings take up hardly any room in your suitcase, match every shirt under the sun and are super comfortable. Instead of packing multiple jeans, save some space and switch out a pair for leggings.
7. Stop, Drop and Roll
Instead of folding your clothes, roll them. This takes up less space, and also gives your clothes less wrinkles.
8. Stuff Socks and Undies in Shoes
This keeps all your socks together, and fills in all possible space in the suitcase.