Pack Light: How to pack light for your summer travels

I have a million and one things to do before I leave the city for my vacation.  Tie up loose ends at work. Plan upcoming blog content.  Manage my social media. And pack... yes, I have not packed a thing!! 

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Here's my deal-- I actually hate packing.  If I could afford to hire someone to do it for me, trust me ... I would just do that.  But, having lived like a gypsy for three years (Okay, I wasn't an actual gypsy, just living between two provinces while in law school), I have learned a thing or two about the art of packing light.

(But, that doesn't mean I enjoy doing it...)

Since my flight is at 6 am tomorrow, I might as well get started.   

First things first, pick the right luggage: 

Selecting the right luggage is crucial.  When choosing your suitcase, think about the duration of your stay and where you're going.  The longer I spend in a location, the more I'll pack, and vice versa.  Usually, you can catch me in an airport with a mid-sized, Heys Lightweight Pro 26", hardside, spinner suitcase.  Why? I used to have a problem with overweight luggage.  I learned that hardside suitcases are generally lighter in weight than the average suitcase.  My suitcase also has four wheels. I find it easier to maneuver when running through a busy airport. 

Next, plan your outfits

It does not matter where I'm travelling to, I always plan out my outfits.  This time, I'm heading out to the east coast for the next 7 days, so I plan on packing an outfit per day.  Two dressier pieces for special occasions.  A pair of sneakers and stilettos. It helps to have a general idea of what you intend to do on your vacation and how you want to look/feel. By planning out your day-to-day and evening outfits, you can consciously decide what is necessary and unnecessary for your trip. This way you will only pack the essentials. 

(Don't forget your toiletries and undergarments, a total must!)

It's a given, you should also check the weather forecast to be sure you don't get caught in short-shorts during a thunderstorm! 

Lastly, pack the essentials

If you didn't already guess from reading my travel series, a good camera is your best friend.  I happen to pack two.  My Nikon Cool Pix was gifted to me a few years ago (thanks, Ma!) and it has captured some of my life's greatest travels.  A few years back, I decided to upgrade and cop a Nikon D3100 SLR.  I use this camera to take my scenic shots.  When in doubt, the iPhone camera is pretty dope too... I use those to catch more spontaneous moments. 

My travel list won't be complete without a dope playlist.  Currently, I'm listening to SZA's latest album, "Ctrl", but I love to put my iPod on shuffle and just vibe. If you're in need of some musical inspiration, check out my Strictly Legal Fashionista Playlist on Sound Cloud! 

Before I get on the plane, I round out my essentials with a few faves:

a Venti Blonde Roast from Starbucks, a great book (Currently reading: "Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won't Teach You at Business School"), my bible, my teddy bear (I can't leave Kisser behind), water and snacks!

Safe Travels! Comment below and tell me what's in your luggage!