Draw your packing list!

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):

Photo from Lost in a Spotless Mind
Photo from Lost in a Spotless Mind
Photo from Lost in a Spotless Mind
Photo from Lost in a Spotless Mind

2 thoughts on “Draw your packing list!”

  1. I couldn’t agree more on your reasons for drawing your packing lists! Especially the bit about how it coordinates everything – it’s so much easier to see if a top or bottom is without a “partner”. Oh, and thank you for linking so carefully to my blog and crediting my illustrations, I appreciate it 🙂

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