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):
Planning a summer vacation? Whether you’re venturing near or far, here are my top 6 suggestions:
Rolling wins — From my experience, rolling is generally more space-efficient than folding. It also results in less wrinkles and is helpful for filling out less structured bags. However, for bulky items, such as chunky knit sweaters, folding is still the way to go.
Group clothes by outfits — Tempted to throw in every cute piece from your closet? Don’t. Choose tops, bottoms, and dresses that go together. This avoids being left with something you can’t wear while you’re on the road. Also, try to maintain a certain color scheme. If you can mix and match your outfits, that’s even better!
Pack a bar of soap — Ah, my favorite travel hack! To keep your clothes smelling fresh throughout the trip, add a bar of soap to your luggage. Just the presence of soap will help…
Halloween weekend is typically the last weekend to visit local haunted houses and other spooky events. In case you’re still looking for ways to celebrate the holiday, here are some cool links to check out:
Hauntworld — This website helps you find haunted houses near you.
Fear Overload — I learned today that this Bay Area haunted house was voted the scariest in California.