Am I the only one who hates to pack?

I nearly get anxiety attacks having my clothing spread all over the bed and floor, trying on outfit after outfit to see what I should and shouldn’t bring, debating whether to bring everything in my closet (although Victoria Beckham taught me not to do that — she did that once and her luggage got stolen), and then eventually stuffing my suitcase with a bunch of unplanned, unmatching, random pieces that will not look good together, and will not be appropriate for my trip, and I will not feel cute in.

And to add on to all of this, I must look cute since I’m now parading my daily outfits around on my blog — who decided that was a good idea??

So I’m looking to you, dear readers. Do you have packing advice? Should I try on every outfit before I put it in my suitcase? Should I just bring a bunch of swimsuits and call it good? Should I just bring everything I own and pray that my luggage doesn’t get stolen?

Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi…you’re my only hope.


  1. cari says:

    Where are you going? My advice is to pack really light, then you’ll have an excuse to buy more things while you’re gone. You would even look cute in a moo moo so I don’t think you need to worry much about what you choose to bring.

  2. RA says:

    Okay, big surprise here: I make a giant list of general clothing items (i.e. dress, shorts, flip-flops), organized by day. What will I need during the day and evening on Monday? On Tuesday? Is there a dressy dinner? Will I be walking a lot on a particular day?

    And THEN, I go through and figure out which items can do double duty to avoid overpacking. Yes, it’s A Process.

    When we went on our honeymoon cruise, we packed our stuff across two bags, each half-and-half with his stuff and my stuff, just in case one got lost. We ended up with both bags, but I felt better about it.

  3. I pack planned outfits for each day and then 2-3 backup outfits. That way I have a few alternatives for my mood that day.

  4. Miriam says:

    I don’t know! But I expect you to figure this all out and then tell us how to do it in a couple of months!

  5. Packrat says:

    Same anxiety here, but do try on the clothes especially if you haven’t worn them in a couple or months or longer. RA advice sounds good. (Thanks, RA)

    You wouldn’t have to do a picture everyday, would you? (Although, I like seeing what you are wearing.)

    You are young, thin, and cute. You can probably wear anything as long as the color is good on you. πŸ™‚

  6. Amber says:

    oh my gosh I have the same problem. I get made fun of so much b/c I always bring much much more than I will actually wear.

    I agree with Ashley & RA – I would pick out the outfits – then downsizes as you can. πŸ™‚

    She really lost ALLL her stuff? oh my goodness… I'm going to have to re-evaluate my packing strategy for the future with this new knowledge.

  7. Nina G says:

    Call Landen. Worked for me πŸ™‚

  8. Cassi says:

    I’m totally with you on the packing thing, there’s nothing worse. Unfortunately it carries over into packing for my boys too. Except that their clothes are so little i really do end up packing all of them πŸ™‚

  9. megan says:

    Well, it appears that all your outfits are cute… I especially like your red top on your sidebar. When I pack (which I also hate) when I go somewhere (almost never) I am frustrated because that is when I realize most that I have nothing to wear. Clearly, I need you or Janssen to take me shopping. You guys are great deal-hunters! Of course, if I were a size 0-whatever like you guys, the shopping for deals would be a lot easier. πŸ™‚

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