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Packing Like a Pro

Travelling can be such fun, but knowing what to pack can be a challenge. We are often asked - “What should I pack?” “How many outfits do I need to bring?” “How do I choose the right footwear to take?” These questions have prompted us to blog about how to plan and organize for your next trip.

In our last blog “Creating a Capsule Wardrobe” we mentioned a capsule wardrobe is a select wardrobe including jackets, tops, bottoms, dresses, skirts, footwear, and jewelry. These pieces can easily be mixed and matched to give you many styling options. When packing you are basically travelling with a smaller capsule wardrobe.

Of course what you pack is determined by where, when and how long you are travelling for. Packing for a business trip is different then packing for a beach resort vacation.  Although the clothing and footwear choices are different the guidelines to follow are similar.

Imagine you are packing for a 10 day European adventure of sightseeing in the late Spring and Summer. Here are our suggestions of what to pack.

The Tops

Include both long and short sleeves, most of which are neutral. Add a couple of tops with a pattern.

The Bottoms

We like an active-leisure pant, regular pair of denim pants, and dresses. You might want to wear the active-leisure pant on the plane, since they're comfortable. A darker colour such as black or navy pair is a good idea, because you can dress them up if needed and a little stain will not be obvious. We love the entire line of Norma Kamali tops, pants, jackets and dresses. This clothing is perfect for its mix-and-match possibilities. Also, Norma Kamali clothing offers amazing comfort, does not wrinkle, and takes very little space in a suitcase.

A Dress and the Layers

Dresses are easy to wear but you don’t need to pack more than one or two. We would suggest a dress with a classic style so you can give it a day look or add jewelry and different footwear to go out for the evening. In terms of outer layers a lightweight blazer or cardigan are good. A cashmere-silk Chan Luu scarf can double as a wrap or as your travel blanket. 

The Bags & Shoes

You need two bags: a tote that's both your personal carry-on item and a daily on-the-go purse with a strap that you can carry as a clutch or crossbody by night. 

As for footwear we suggest something versatile. Ideally, you will want a sneaker, a close-toed shoe, and a sandal which are comfortable enough to walk around in all day and/or night. Note: we recommend choosing low-heeled footwear since you do not want to suffer for fashion. Keep your feet comfy.

Clothing & Accessories Packing List

☑️ 1 long sleeve neutral colour top

☑️ 2 short sleeve neutral colour tops

☑️ 1 blouse with colour or pattern

☑️ 1 sweater

☑️  1 pair active-leisure dark colour pant 

☑️  1 pair of denim pants (any colour or style)

☑️  1-2 dresses 

☑️  1 cardigan 

☑️  1 denim or leather jacket

☑️  1 pair walking shoes

☑️  1 pair of sandals 

☑️  1 pair of shoes with a heel

☑️ 1 large size scarf that can also be a head scarf or wrap 

☑️  jewelry - earrings, necklaces and bracelets to mix and match 

with all outfits

☑️  undergarments 

☑️  optional - workout clothing, socks, hat, and footwear

Aside from what you’re packing here are a few travel tips:

Rolling versus Folding

There is a debate regarding when to roll or fold clothing when packing. Rolling definitely will utilize less space then folding. If you have wrinkles there are options. Steam takes out wrinkles so either hang clothing in the washroom with the shower on or pack your own small steamer. In a pinch a hair straightener, set at a medium heat setting, might work too.

Recently we received Flatter, a new starch-free spray product.  Spraying with Flatter eliminates wrinkling and static in fabrics. 

Keep Things Clean

We recommend Soak, a Canadian-made hand-washing solution. It’s made with plant derived ingredients and is gentle and environmentally friendly. The best thing about Soak is it’s a rinse-free product. 

Style Stick is another product we have in-store and it is perfect for travel. This product can be used for fashion emergencies such as repairing a hem or closing a gaping blouse. It is fabric safe and safely washes out of fabrics. 

Pack a couple of plastic bags for soiled clothing and put footwear in cloth bags to protect footwear and other clothing in your suitcase from getting marked.

Utilize Modular Packing Options

Travel zipper-pouches allow you to keep things organized. If you have mid-size pouches you could use one for workout clothing, one for socks and undergarments, one for sleepwear, and one for chargers and adapters.

Credit Card Security

We have imported the most awesome Secrid wallets from Amsterdam and they are available in-store. The aluminium core in these leather wallets easily holds 1 to 6 of your credit cards and offers protection so RIFD (radio-frequently identification) is blocked and your cards are safe. Security is so important when travelling right? Our colour and style options are endless.

Food is Important 

Pack some dried fruit, and cereal or power bars to sustain you. Delayed flights, or unappetizing food choices while travelling can be so disappointing.

One thing our Ginger team knows is that we love to travel and have gotten quite good at knowing what to pack. We are happy to assist you when you are deciding what clothing, footwear and accessories to pack so you can enjoy every minute of your time away.

Bon Voyage!

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