The day I got back from Japan the Wall Street Journal ran an interview with Devi Kroell about packing light. Luckily my dad taught me to be an expert packer so I didn’t need her tips and was able to make it through 10 cold days in 3 Japanese cities with one small suitcase.
I always stick with one base color palate – either black or brown. Then I make sure I can mix-and-match everything that I’m bringing. I pack cheap, fun jewelry to dress things up for night and to make my outfits less boring (I was so sick of looking at these clothes by the end of my trip). Another trick is to put small items like socks and underwear in plastic bags and to stuff them inside your shoes. This saves space and prevents the shoes from getting squished. Also, I always try to find some things that are on their last legs which I can throw out at the end of my trip to make room for anything new I’ve bought. This time I unloaded some very worn-out tank tops, tights and socks. For shoes I tend to stick with flats since heels take up so much room. I made an exception this time because I wanted to wear my new Loeffler Randall Ramona pumps, but I really regretted bringing them. And not just because I twisted my ankle when leaving the glass-walled lobby bar at our hotel and (in the words of my mortified sister) almost “garfielded across the windows.”
Here’s a picture of almost all of the clothing that I brought with me, minus some tank tops.
I added notes to the photo on Flickr so you can see what all of the items are.