Going Away This Weekend? We've Got A 10-Minute Packing List For Ya

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Whether it's a spontaneous weekend getaway, a visit to friends, a city adventure, or a family reunion, the last thing I like to think about before any trip is what to pack. This means that I inevitably find myself with an empty suitcase half an hour before I have to leave for the airport. The one good part of this procrastination is that it has helped me hone a foolproof 10-minute packing routine. And being the zero-waster that I am, the resulting suitcase is far from messy or overstuffed.

Here are my top tips if you're in a packing frenzy this weekend:

1. Make a packing list (ahead of time!).

Making a list ahead of time is essential if you want to speed up the process. Once you generally know what you need, the process of actually packing becomes a whole lot easier. I can usually make my entire packing list during the five minutes I spend waiting for my bus, so timing is no excuse!

2. Keep a travel drawer.

I have a travel drawer that houses all the things I always bring on a trip: a passport, travel adapters, chargers, packing cubes, and my swimsuit. It's a lifesaver.

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3. Travel with a carry-on only.

The more suitcases you bring, the longer it takes to pack—and the more stuff you have to worry about losing. Traveling with a carry-on means easier packing and a less stressful experience at your destination, so I'd highly recommend doing so whenever possible.

4. Pack outside your suitcase.

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If you have only 10 minutes, the most efficient way to pack is to lay everything out before putting it in your suitcase. That way, you'll have a clear overview of what you're bringing and you won't have to rummage through your suitcase looking for something you might have forgotten.

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5. Roll your clothing.

I started doing this once I started traveling with only carry-ons and have found it to be a great hack. I I tightly roll all of my clothing—trousers, T-shirts, shorts, you name it—which also minimizes wrinkling, makes everything look neat, and makes it easy to choose outfits. You can even stack a few shirts on top of each other and then roll them.

6. Don't forget about packing cubes.

I strongly believe that everything should have its own place in our homes, so I extend this philosophy to my suitcase too. Using packing cubes makes it easy to pack and unpack clothes quickly and neatly and keeps things from flying around everywhere. I usually use one cube for tops and sweaters, one for bottoms and dresses, and one for socks and underwear. Bonus: They keep things from wrinkling!

7. Quickly run through your outfits.

I like to plan my outfit combinations before packing to avoid bringing unneeded items. And when I have only 10 minutes to pack, I make sure the clothes I do bring are versatile and similar in color so I can mix and match as needed.

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8. Make sure your beauty products do double duty.

I don't believe in buying travel-size items. Instead, I keep my beauty routine minimal so my toiletry bag is small enough to use at home and on the road. Here are the double-duty beauty items that I never travel without:

  • a soap bar, that I use for my body, hair, and laundry
  • my homemade body oil (a mix of almond, argan, and jojoba oils)
  • baking soda (which makes the best deodorant and is also a really great face mask)
  • mascara and lip liner (that I also use as a blush)
  • a little bottle of my favorite essential oil that I use as a perfume, bath oil, clothes refresher

Now that you're all packed for your journey, here are a few food and beauty tips to help you stay healthy and glowing on the road.

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