I dragged am empty suitcase into my closet this morning to start packing for New York and it dawned on me that I have to be calculating and efficient about this.  After all the post-bar trips to tropical destinations I forgot how much luggage space jackets and sweaters require.  You could fit five of these Mikey crop-tops in place of one chunky cardigan.  But as much as I prefer a crop top over a knitted cardi right now, April weather in NY demands layering.

To complicate the matter I’ve decided to cap my baggage at one full-size luggage and one carry-on, no matter how elaborate I get with my NY outfits.  This goal might be a little ambitious for an eight day trip but I’m sticking to it!

Here is my plan of action:

  • Packing in Full Outfits – In the interest of conserving luggage space I find it helpful to plan all of my outfits (from head to toe) for each day of my trip.  Of course the outfits need to be planned in accordance with what I foresee happening during my stay.  For example, for Friday I need one outfit for brunch/shopping and an evening look for drinks/show.  This might seem like an onerous task but the effort pays off tenfold.  You will look well put together everyday and luggage space won’t be wasted on unnecessary items.
  • Opting for Neutral Shoes + Accessories – Nude and black tones will take you a long way when it comes to accessorizing multiple outfits.  As tempting as it might be to bring that perfect pair of fuchsia sandals for a certain dress, packing them for a single use is impractical.
  • Placing Valuables into the Carry-On – I can’t risk losing my favorite pieces in travel so they always go into the carry-on.  If I hold them dear to me, I keep them close to me.
[Wearing]: Ligia Dias necklace, Christian Louboutin heels, Helmut Lang pants, Carmina Campus purse, Winter Kate vest, crop-top c/o American Eagle Outfitters (LST & FND collection)