I have always been the type of girl that lives out of a suitcase. Settling down never interested me much. When I buy new things, I always evaluate how easy it would be to move with them. I never really buy furniture or large items, because I know if I can’t take it with me. In fact, my travel accessories double for my interior design needs. Why buy a shoe rack, when you can neatly store everything in a vintage suitcase?
And really, I don’t need a coffee table when I have a steam trunk. The trunk stores my off-season clothing items while allows me to use the surface like an ordinary piece of furniture. Plus, if I decide to get up and go, everything is already packed. It’s great owning items that do double duty.
This weekend, I’m off again. A friend of mine and I are meeting up in the city. As we discussed our plans, the issue of packing came up. Packing is a tricky sport. If done properly, you can maximize the space in your bag while keeping your garments crisp. But without a bit of strategy, your clothes can end up wrinkled, dirty, and damaged. For example, take this beaded evening dress I’ll be wearing Saturday night:
This dress could easily get snagged on itself! It could get caught on endless things, as the beading is on a lace ground. The clutch is no different, since it’s adorned with hundreds of small sequins. So what’s a girl to do in this dilemma?
Here’s a solution: use your other clothing to protect the troublesome surface. I took the day clothes I planned to bring and placed them over the dress.
Then, I started to roll the dress. Rolling your clothing is a great way to pack! It’s a space-saver and prevents wrinkling.
The important thing to remember when packing something beaded is to not roll the beading onto itself. Instead, take another shirt and interleaf it on top of the dress. This way, there is no chance of anything snagging. Also, be sure to cover up the exposed beading with other garments before placing into your suitcase.
This left more than half of my suitcase available for other things! (And most of the clothing was neatly rolled up, protecting the dress.) My shoes are in a black fabric bag in the left-hand corner, and I placed the clutch in an oversized ziplock bag. Ziplock bags are great for protecting accessories during travel.
It looks snug, but there is plenty of room for everything else that I need. Now I’m just waiting to leave!
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