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HOW TO PLAN OUTFITS FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

Are you a light packer? Or are you the person who tries to stuff as much as possible within the contents of your luggage? 🙂

I’m definitely the stuffer-type! [oops! ;-)] I’ve always been the one to max out on my weight limits. I’m pretty sure that I’ll always be the one to pack more than I need. However, this time around with a little effort & organization, I was actually under my weight limit and brought only what I really needed.

I was shocked yet I felt proud of myself that my simple system worked so well! It saved me from unnecessary frustrations and I thought it would be fun to share with you guys how I was able to pack 16 pairs of shoes, 32 tops, 18 dresses, 13 bottoms, 5 handbags, 5 swimsuits, accessories, toiletries, smalls gifts and more into just 2 luggages of 22 kg each. This may sound insane, but when you need to change outfits several times a day for work, it pencils out.

Fashion and lifestyle blogger Adelina Perrin of The Charming Olive sharing tips on how to pack for international travel Fashion and lifestyle blogger Adelina Perrin of The Charming Olive sharing tips on how to pack for international travel Fashion and lifestyle blogger Adelina Perrin of The Charming Olive sharing tips on how to pack for international travel

I won’t lie, this took some planning. But because of the steps I took, I was able to pack faster and more efficiently than ever before. Whether you’re a style blogger or someone who just loves fashion or travel, the concept of planning outfits for travel is essentially the same.

HOW I GOT PREPARED

  • Start Early – I was leaving for 5 weeks abroad and I knew I wanted to have 60+ outfits available to shoot during this time. Plus, I really wanted to take advantage of having my husband with me 24/7 while he’s on vacation for 2 weeks to get more content created when we’re out and about having fun exploring. So I translated that into starting to plan my outfits about 1 month in advance.
  • Create a Shopping List – What do you really need? I began with my online shopping first. I browsed through my favorite large retailers; Revolve, Nordstrom, Amazon, Sephora; selected my must-haves and placed orders.
  • Get Organized – With boxes and clothing piling up things got a bit messy, and fast!! So I designated a desk to lay out my bottoms, accessories and lingerie items. Keeping a visual nearby your luggage, of what you want to pack, actually helps a ton so you don’t overpack or pack the same thing. If you don’t have a desk or elevated flat surface available, the floor works great too.
  • Categorize & Filter – Ever pack something and then forgot you even had it in there? Then you can’t wear it because it doesn’t match with anything else you brought? Ya, because this happens to me more times than I can count, I decided to use a clothing rack and separate my clothes into 3 categories: dresses, jackets and tops. Categorizing really allows you to visually see (and count) how many of each items you’re thinking of packing. You can easily catch when you’ve prepared too many black tops, or too many pairs of blue jeans. When you carefully go through each category, and you see what you have, it allows you to eliminate what you don’t need easily.
  • Rinse & Repeat – Follow the same process for your jewelry, toiletries and accessories.
  • Keep It Simple – I focused on summer styles only. Outfits for everyday, dinner dates and beachwear.

Fashion and lifestyle blogger Adelina Perrin of The Charming Olive sharing tips on how to pack for international travel

I hope you guys found this post helpful! 🙂

Wishing you a great time and safe travels!

xx Adelina

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Briana
    July 6, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    I definitely stuff my bag, and coming home is the hard part with all of the items I am bringing back!

    Briana
    http://beyoutifulbrunette.blogspot.com/

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    Areli
    July 6, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    This is a very helpful post Adelina!! I try not to stuff my bag but it does happen!!
    xx,
    Areli’s April // Bloglovin

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    Raysa Garcia
    July 6, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Whoaaa! I’m going to start traveling soon!! And my packing skills suck.
    Thank you for sharing this babe. It was definitely helpful.
    Xx, Raysa

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    Margaret
    July 6, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    I couldn’t imagine to travel with this much of belongings hahahh But I also guess traveling for work is different from for leisure! (I dun think I have this many of shoes in my entire shoes collection either haha)

    xx Margaret
    http://www.maleemaleehong.com

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    Christine Kong
    July 7, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    I honestly do not know how you packed for this long vacation and so many outfits! Kudos to you and it looks like you have a system down that totally works! I am actually a light packer and always think that I should’ve packed more. I haven’t been away for more than three weeks at a time so I can’t fathom even longer than that. I loved all your vacay photos and outfits and you did an incredible job. I will have to refer to this packing guide when we go on vacay in the fall! xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

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    Pam
    July 8, 2017 at 6:40 am

    I’ve always been the same!
    I’m just now getting the hang of this ‘light packing’ thing lol practice makes perfect! Need to plan another trip…

    http://www.pamelayaquelin.com

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    Camila
    July 9, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    I always find it so hard to make outfits for international traveling because fashion is so different around the world so it takes me days!

    Camila,
    My Vogue Style | http://www.myvoguestyle.com

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    Amy
    July 10, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    You are so organized!!!! Still cannot believe you packed so much in for one trip! Now if you could just teach me how to REPACK efficiently haha!

    xx, Amy
    http://www.theluxilook.com

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    Krissy
    July 11, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Love ALL of these! So organized and adorable! Thanks for the share 🙂

    x, Krissy
    http://www.champagneinchurch.com

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    Hannah Diamond
    August 19, 2017 at 2:36 am

    Love this! I’m definitely a stuffer as well, I always try to stuff as much as I possibly can into my little suitcase when traveling and I ALWAYS end up regretting it when I buy things and can’t stuff everything back in on my way home!

    xox
    https://www.lilillustrator.com/

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