In case you didn’t know, we went on a 16 day trip to Europe this past fall. I know I haven’t shared too much on here about it because I don’t know where to start with the thousands of photos I have. Every time I start to edit them, I click through and think back to all of the memories and am completely lost in daydreams of walking through Le Marais or standing in the middle of this crazy roundabout to get a photo in front of the Arc de Triomphe (thanks, kind stranger!)
All this to say, I came across these really awesome selfies and remembered how valuable they were in minimizing my luggage for our trip. Looking back I know I know I could have packed less or brought different items, but the important thing was that I left confident knowing that I had enough outfits for our trip.
I wanted to share this in case you’re preparing for a trip soon and need some help packing.
scarf | jacket | jeans | booties | chambray | peplum tee |
here’s my tip: take selfies
Of course, that’s not all of it, but it’s a big part in how I decided what to bring and what to leave behind. But, ultimately in feeling sure that I actually had cohesive outfits to wear once we arrived at our destination.
I’m the kind of person that likes choices and options and terribly unorganized. I can’t think in terms of numbers and systems. Following a packing list is just nonsense to me, I can’t just pack 3 shirts, 2 pants, a dress and hope everything works for the best.
I’m a visual person, a big picture person, so taking selfies helped me to see all of the outfits at once. I’m not much a selfie person, so this was actually kind of fun. I forgot why people take selfies, there is something so wonderful about figuring out the right pose. I should definitely work on this more often because I look so awkward in that top photo! Tips, anyone?
I have big plans to write a detailed post all about how I decided what to wear and how it worked out in the end. (Should we start taking bets on if it happens? Can I bet on myself?) I had Jordan take a photo of all of my outfits while we were there, so I think it will at least be fun to compare to this and to see what I actually wore.
But, just in case that never happens, I’ll share a couple of other reasons why I tried all my clothes on first, took photos, and then threw them in my luggage.
a few other packing tips
- I wanted to bring comfortable outfits that still looked cute while walking around the streets of Paris. I was able to ditch a couple pieces easily. I didn’t end up bringing the distressed jeans in the very bottom right photo. They’re probably my favorite, but they fit loose and I knew I would hate pulling them up all the time.
- I sent photos to friends and posted them on stories. It was nice to get feedback on what I should bring because I couldn’t pack everything.
- It helped me to realize how versatile some of my pieces were. Those shoes and that military jacket were all I really needed for the trip!
- I could edit by looking at photos of me actually wearing the clothes. There are items of clothing in these photos that I didn’t bring. And there are other selfies not included at all. It wasn’t that much of an extra step to take a photo and then I could visualize what we were doing and the type of clothing I needed.
All I had to to was count the photos to see how many days of clothing I had. We were able to do laundry, so I didn’t need 16 separate shirts.
I’ll be sharing more about our trip in the very near future, I promise! and I hope that I never catch up on editing travel photos. We already have a trip planned for March, let’s see how much I can get done before then before I fall even more behind.
In the meantime, I’d love to hear what other travel questions you have. I’d love to write more posts specifically about travel if there are people interested out there! let me know.
Also, do you take selfies when packing for a trip? Or am I just now figuring this out? And I’d love to hear if you have any packing tips for a visual non-numbers person like me?