If you’ve read about my favorite packing tips, you already know that I highly recommend making a checklist. However, there’s something that I like to do even more than write lists: illustrate them!
Why should you draw your packing list?
- Doodling is fun.
- It forces you to really think about what you’re packing.
- It gives you a better representation of how much luggage space you have and/or need.
- It allows you to visualize outfits.
- It will ultimately save you time once you start packing, and on your trip.
- It helps you double-check that you have everything you need–when you’re preparing for your trip and when it’s time to head back home.
Tips for creating your own illustrated packing list
- Make a category for everything–daily outfits, lingerie, sleepwear, accessories, electronics, toiletries, etc.
- Draw matching clothing items in clusters. If any single item does not belong in a cluster, eliminate it from your list. You wouldn’t wear that cute top if you don’t have the correct bottoms to pair it with, right?
- Keep your finalized list with your other travel documents. Use it as an outfit guide, as well as your return trip checklist.
- Save your list as a reference for future trips.
- Have fun with it! After all, nobody’s grading your artwork.
My past packing lists are currently tucked away, but I found these lovely examples from Lost in a Spotless Mind (which is a fantastic blog, by the way):