September was packed with short trips for me and that got me more efficient when it came to packing for short trips! What helps me the most is to make a short trip packing list prior to anything. But making a list can also be overwhelming so I divide them by outfits/days, makeup, skincare, and gadgets.
My short trip packing list includes outfits by the day so I don’t overpack. I usually hang looks I’m inclined to take in a clothing rack and wait until the last day to pack them. I check the weather to make my final decisions (sometimes that includes taking pieces away and/or adding something else). I’ll use my last trip to the MacKenzie-Childs HQ as an example of what I brought. We had an itinerary and that helped with planning a whole lot. But we don’t always have a plan, so as a rule of thumb I’ll pack an outfit for the day and one for the evening.
If space is limited, pack a pair or two of jeans and/or leather pants that would work with multiple tops, shoes, and jackets. That’s key to save space! Dresses are also a great idea, they are small and work well with accessories that change their look.
Whether I’m flying or going on a road trip, I usually pick something really comfy and easy to layer. Planes can be tricky with the temperature so I always make sure to bring a cardigan/sweater. I wore this cardigan over tees and jeans during my stay in Aurora as well! It’s soft, long and comes in 5 different colors.
For the first day I wore a fun and versatile jumpsuit. At night I threw the long cardi over it. But you can also go for a leather jacket or a denim jacket to make it more casual, with tennis shoes or espadrilles. It also goes well with booties.
I love bringing separates so I can wear them multiple times and make them look different. This mini skirt goes well with a neutral bodysuit (the one from the airport look) or a tee as well as a sweater or a blazer.
I packed three sweaters for this trip because I wanted to have options but two should be more than enough. This is another example of a sweater look that can be separated in so many options.
A little white dress is always a good choice, in this case, I paired mine with white booties but they could go with heels or OTK boots as well. I also wore it with my favorite suede jacket over the shoulder – but failed to snap a pic. Ugh!!
For the last night or those moments, you’ll take to lounge while traveling I chose all my cozies together…
Another idea for a travel look is this soft sweater from Vici Collection and a pair of worn out jeans. I always bring a big bag when traveling to fit my computer, camera, phone and little makeup/skincare touch-ups. I heard the LV neverfull is out of stock (shocked!) but I love these as well. The black and cognac color combo is my favorite!
I travel with beauty essentials only. My choice is usually products that multitask. These are my go-to’s:
Usually, I bring along sample jars of products and leave them in my necessaire but since I’ve been in my dermatologist regimen I brought my products this time around. Travels always give me the excuse to have spa nights!
I hope this gave you a good glimpse of my short trip packing list. I also hope it helps you narrow down your must-go goodies to help you save space and have more room for fun findings from your travels!