I am heading to Toronto this weekend to visit my best friend, who recently relocated to Canada from Boston. So excited! As I great ready for the trip; I find it almost harder to pack for a short weekend trip, rather for a longer trip home for the holidays just using my carry on.
Here are some packing tips that I've learned the hard way.
- Wear your comfy "walking shoes" on the plane- I love TOMS because not only are they super comfortable, but they look cute with dresses, jeans and shorts. Then, bring only one pair of shoes since they take up space and are heavy in your bag that you have to cart around everywhere.
Sidenote: If you are wearing TOMS, invest in those low-cut socks. Not only will they make your shoes last longer, but then you won't step on that disgusting airport mat. Ick.
Put the extra pair of shoes at the bottom of your bag, not only will they help balance your suitcase, but they won't squish your other clothes.
- If you feel comfortable, ask whoever you're staying with to use their toothpaste, shampoo, body wash, hair dryer, etc.- then you don't have to worry about packing mini sizes in a Ziploc and you'll save room in your bag and a headache at Security.
If you visit this person often (hi mom!), maybe even leave some of your essentials at their house. I have a mini-kit at mom's with my favorite face lotion and contact cleaner.
- Stick to your favorites. Don't worry about wearing "what you always wear"- you can show off your classics in a new city. Bring those jeans that make you look amazing paired with that super flattering v-neck and scarf. Not only will you look adorable, but you'll feel confident, too.
- Even if you're traveling in the middle of August, bring a heavy sweatshirt or light jacket. It may get chilly at night, and you don't want to be freezing at dinner.
- Stick with a color palette for the trip so everything matches and performs double-duty. That fun, poppy cardigan will be perfect during site-seeing, but will also keep you cozy during al fresco cocktails.
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