During the months of July and August, my personal style is simple and uncomplicated. Basically, anything that will keep me feeling cool is priority. This means no pants, no sleeves, and definitely no layers! This summer I found myself rotating through particular set clothes in my collection, and these pieces became my favorite go-to's during these hot summer days. Tomorrow morning I will be traveling to San Diego, California for a reunion with some of my closest friends. It will be my first trip to the west coast and I can't believe it is finally happening! In this post you will see my favorite summer pieces and four approaches I found helpful for minimal packing to California.
1. SORT AND SELECT
This morning I laid out all my summer clothes to examine. The pieces that I would bring need to be versatile for my summer travels; beach, desert, city, and plain ol’ chillin. . I sorted through my clothes and asked myself, will I actually wear this on my trip? It was simply either yes or no. There were no “maybe’s” or “if’s.” If I didn't see myself wearing it to the beach or to dinner in downtown San Diego, I returned it to its place in my wardrobe.
Sometimes it can be important to only need one-of-a-kind for a minimal wardrobe and especially when traveling light. One-of-a-kind pieces are those special things that resonate with you, and when you find the right one you need nothing more. My favorite one-of-a-kind pieces are my blue Ray-Ban sunglasses and my Dr. Martens canvas boot. They are the foundation of my personal style and fit in seamlessly with anything I wear. I do not own any other pairs of sunglasses or black boots, nor do I want to.
4. ORGANIZING THE SPACE WITHIN
Typically I wait until the last minute to over-pack for a trip. The night before departure I end up throwing all my clean clothes into my suitcase, manage to get the zipper closed, and hope for the best. Once I arrive at my destination, I end up dumping my unorganized suitcase out onto the floor in order to find anything. Over-packing is stressful. This time around, I want to be more thoughtful in this process. I learned the roll, not fold strategy from Marie Kondō. In her book Spark Joy, she explains the benefits of rolling you garments into small bundles instead of folding. With this method, it is much easier to see your inventory all at once.
4. CELEBRATING SMALL MOMENTS
My goal is to become more mindful in all aspects of my life. Celebrating a simple process of packing for an awesome trip with all my favorite things makes this whole experience more exciting and meaningful. The journey to the destination is just as important.
I'm off to San, Diego!
Until next time,