How I Keep My Sanity While Packing for Trips - sugar and cloth - ashley rose

How I Keep My Sanity While Packing for Trips

How I Keep My Sanity While Packing for Trips - sugar and cloth - ashley roseHow I Keep My Sanity While Packing for Trips - sugar and cloth - ashley rose

There are basically two types of people in this world: the people that can grab a bag and a handful of things and take off for a leisurely trip for a week, and then there are the people that would need a paper bag to breathe into and a stiff cocktail (or four) in order to even pretend to function that way. I just so happen to fall into the latter category, so I’m going to share with you how I keep my sanity while packing for trips just in case you’re like me, too.

I’ll give you this weekend for example: We’re headed to Dallas for Create & Cultivate where I’ll be speaking on photo hacks (so I’ll be packing lots of props for the hands on portion of the workshop), we’re packing for a full weekend plus headed to Las Vegas for a few days right after that for fun, finishing up blog posts so we have plenty of content for while we’re out of the studio, and we’re making lots of cactus macarons and custom keychain business card packs (which I’ll be giving you a peek of later!) for the conference as well. That’s a heck a of a lot of things going on, and about a million details too many for me to keep track of in my mind, so I’ve been using a FUJIFILM INSTAX® Mini 70 to keep everything tidy and accounted for.

Now if you’re a visual memory person, you’re going to love this!…How I Keep My Sanity While Packing for Trips - sugar and cloth - ashley roseHow I Keep My Sanity While Packing for Trips - sugar and cloth - ashley roseHow I Keep My Sanity While Packing for Trips - sugar and cloth - ashley rose

Outfit Sources — FUJIFILM INSTAX Mini 70 instant camera //  metallic gold skirt // blush bauble necklace // new look black heels // black and white striped shirt // gold pumps // colorful bauble necklace // leather oxfords // dark skinny jeans // bow shirt // kate spade bag

Though it may look simple and tidy by the time you see it on the blog or an outfit photo on Instagram, it actually takes a lot of prep and organization to get it to that point.

Not only do we use our Instax to layout concept materials and outfits in advance for large photoshoots, but I’ve also started using the FUJIFILM INSTAX Mini 70 instant camera to plan out outfits in advance. It makes it SO much easier for me to actually have an outfit I know I’ll feel comfortable in if I’ve tried it on and planned it out in advance when we go on trips. It also makes my packing waaaay lighter because I’m including the Instax mini prints I take instead of twelve extra unnecessary shirts or dress as backups in case I don’t like what I try on when I get there. I know you’ve all been there and done that!

I also have a tendency of thinking I know exactly what outfit I have in mind, and then when it comes time to unzip my suitcase, it’s like I’m overcome with amnesia and the next thing you know I get down to the last day and I start wearing things over again because I got my outfits all mixed up.  How I Keep My Sanity While Packing for Trips - sugar and cloth - ashley rose Because I’m a visual person, when I see everything together (especially packing props) I can almost instantaneously realize if I’m missing a key element that I don’t always catch on paper lists, so laying out out and packing mini prints with me keeps me from driving back to the house or studio because I’ve forgotten something (or convinced myself I have!).

It also doesn’t hurt that these Instax mini prints are TOTALLY PRECIOUS! All of the heart eyes for these!

How I Keep My Sanity While Packing for Trips - sugar and cloth - ashley rose How I Keep My Sanity While Packing for Trips - sugar and cloth - ashley roseHow I Keep My Sanity While Packing for Trips - sugar and cloth - ashley rose

I’m also a huge fan of packing everything as far in advance as you can without running around naked for a few days because you’ve got nothing else left. Obviously kidding, but you know what I mean!

Another thing I’ve made a rule of is to never cram everything into the day before leaving. Nothing is worse than jumping on a plane super stressed, because then it takes the first day or so to unwind even a little bit. I now mark my calendar as a trip starting the day before our flight so that I keep in my head to finish all of my work before then so that the day before we leave is just a hangout/little errands to run kind of day.

How I Keep My Sanity While Packing for Trips - sugar and cloth - ashley rose

I hope this helps with some of your upcoming trips, and I’d love to know what your best kept packing for trips secrets are! I’m totally just winging it and learning by trial and error along the way!

Thanks to Fujifilm for sponsoring this post, we’re huge fans!
How I Keep My Sanity While Packing for Trips - sugar and cloth - ashley rose

How I Keep My Sanity While Packing for Trips

How I Keep My Sanity While Packing for Trips - sugar and cloth - ashley roseHow I Keep My Sanity While Packing for Trips - sugar and cloth - ashley rose

There are basically two types of people in this world: the people that can grab a bag and a handful of things and take off for a leisurely trip for a week, and then there are the people that would need a paper bag to breathe into and a stiff cocktail (or four) in order to even pretend to function that way. I just so happen to fall into the latter category, so I’m going to share with you how I keep my sanity while packing for trips just in case you’re like me, too.

I’ll give you this weekend for example: We’re headed to Dallas for Create & Cultivate where I’ll be speaking on photo hacks (so I’ll be packing lots of props for the hands on portion of the workshop), we’re packing for a full weekend plus headed to Las Vegas for a few days right after that for fun, finishing up blog posts so we have plenty of content for while we’re out of the studio, and we’re making lots of cactus macarons and custom keychain business card packs (which I’ll be giving you a peek of later!) for the conference as well. That’s a heck a of a lot of things going on, and about a million details too many for me to keep track of in my mind, so I’ve been using a FUJIFILM INSTAX® Mini 70 to keep everything tidy and accounted for.

Now if you’re a visual memory person, you’re going to love this!…How I Keep My Sanity While Packing for Trips - sugar and cloth - ashley roseHow I Keep My Sanity While Packing for Trips - sugar and cloth - ashley roseHow I Keep My Sanity While Packing for Trips - sugar and cloth - ashley rose

Outfit Sources — FUJIFILM INSTAX Mini 70 instant camera //  metallic gold skirt // blush bauble necklace // new look black heels // black and white striped shirt // gold pumps // colorful bauble necklace // leather oxfords // dark skinny jeans // bow shirt // kate spade bag

Though it may look simple and tidy by the time you see it on the blog or an outfit photo on Instagram, it actually takes a lot of prep and organization to get it to that point.

Not only do we use our Instax to layout concept materials and outfits in advance for large photoshoots, but I’ve also started using the FUJIFILM INSTAX Mini 70 instant camera to plan out outfits in advance. It makes it SO much easier for me to actually have an outfit I know I’ll feel comfortable in if I’ve tried it on and planned it out in advance when we go on trips. It also makes my packing waaaay lighter because I’m including the Instax mini prints I take instead of twelve extra unnecessary shirts or dress as backups in case I don’t like what I try on when I get there. I know you’ve all been there and done that!

I also have a tendency of thinking I know exactly what outfit I have in mind, and then when it comes time to unzip my suitcase, it’s like I’m overcome with amnesia and the next thing you know I get down to the last day and I start wearing things over again because I got my outfits all mixed up.  How I Keep My Sanity While Packing for Trips - sugar and cloth - ashley rose Because I’m a visual person, when I see everything together (especially packing props) I can almost instantaneously realize if I’m missing a key element that I don’t always catch on paper lists, so laying out out and packing mini prints with me keeps me from driving back to the house or studio because I’ve forgotten something (or convinced myself I have!).

It also doesn’t hurt that these Instax mini prints are TOTALLY PRECIOUS! All of the heart eyes for these!

How I Keep My Sanity While Packing for Trips - sugar and cloth - ashley rose How I Keep My Sanity While Packing for Trips - sugar and cloth - ashley roseHow I Keep My Sanity While Packing for Trips - sugar and cloth - ashley rose

I’m also a huge fan of packing everything as far in advance as you can without running around naked for a few days because you’ve got nothing else left. Obviously kidding, but you know what I mean!

Another thing I’ve made a rule of is to never cram everything into the day before leaving. Nothing is worse than jumping on a plane super stressed, because then it takes the first day or so to unwind even a little bit. I now mark my calendar as a trip starting the day before our flight so that I keep in my head to finish all of my work before then so that the day before we leave is just a hangout/little errands to run kind of day.

How I Keep My Sanity While Packing for Trips - sugar and cloth - ashley rose

I hope this helps with some of your upcoming trips, and I’d love to know what your best kept packing for trips secrets are! I’m totally just winging it and learning by trial and error along the way!

Thanks to Fujifilm for sponsoring this post, we’re huge fans!

Comments

  • Zsuzsi

    01.29.16

    I love the little watercolor print case. is that a laptop case? Where is it from? Super cool styling as always!

    • sina said:

      The bag is a cosmetic bag from Target! Ashley Mary is the designer!!!

      • Ashley said:

        yes, thank you! :)

  • sina

    01.29.16

    where is the pink dress from!!!

    • Ashley said:

      Hi Sina! the dress was an older version from Front Row Shop : )

  • Cindy

    02.02.16

    Love this. I too plan ahead. I spend one day on trying on and trying on, usually 3-5 days ahead. I pack and place my suitcase with the list and weather report aside. I was wondering about the day of travel— what do you wear on these days? I usually wear a dress or skirt and replay it along the trip and wear it back on the plane with a different top/ sweater.. We live in MI. I need to think ahead for these days (coat, hat, gloves etc.)…. I do leave them in the car if going to a warm climate… Also are you checking your bag? My husband dislikes checking so I have to be really clever with my clothes as shoes do take up space. So reluctantly I plan with a carry on in the planning mode. Also I am a runner so I have to pack for runs upon destination.
    Love the gold skirt– with the stripes it is adorable. Luv the blog— so helpful.

    • Ashley said:

      Hi Cindy!

      I usually check a bag unless it’s going to be a super short trip or if we’re going someplace that I don’t need multiple climates for, so I know the struggle on the coat and gloves thing! On short flights to somewhere tropical I’ll wear a dress, but usually I wear stretchy jeans and whatever shoes I’m planning to wear that are easiest for slipping on and off going through security (I HATE having to take off a slew of things in line!!). I also usually wear a light sweater of some sort if it’s cold on the plane, or if I need to take my jacket for cold weather, I just wear it through the airport so it saves room in my luggage.

      So glad you love the blog, it makes my day to hear! xoxo

  • Carrie

    02.03.16

    This is all so smart!! Thanks for sharing the idea (and your adorable outfits, too!) xo

    • Ashley said:

      thank you Carrie! Also, you would totally love the polaroid idea for shoots!!