Well I'm Portland bound and no matter how many times I tell myself that I'll back in time, I just don't. Truthfully, this trip just snuck up on me. Plus, who books a flight for 6 am at the airport waaay across town? All eyes on the boyfriend. Even though I never feel fully prepared for packing, I've become a frantic pro at just packing a carry-on luggage. I only recommend that if you are doing 4-5 days. Here are my tried and true tips for packing light (after you calm down):
1. Pick basics: You don't have much space, so everything in that luggage is prime real estate. You need 90% of everything to go with everything else.
2. Limit shoes: I know, I know. Shoes can make or break an outfit. But shoes take up sooo much space. I tend to stick to 2 pairs inside and the most bulky on my feet. Again, you're better off with neutral colored so they will go with everything.
3. Pick a fun item: It's really hard for me to let go of wanting to wear something fun and exciting for a trip. So think of it as your reward for sticking to packing light and find that one item that's bold, bright, or printed to take.
4. Be real: Many times I gone shopping right before the trip and try to savor the items by not wearing them prior to the trip. Don't do that! You want and really need everything to be comfortable. The worst thing is finding out while on vacation that something is really uncomfortable or a terrible fit.
If you been to Portland, let me know where I should visit. I'm coming with a blank itinerary. I'll be snapping away so follow on Snapchat (username: AdriLately).