Plan outfits before you pack
According to Cassandra, establishing a game plan for the aesthetic or vibe you’re looking to achieve while you’re away is critical for proper outfit execution. “You don’t have to be all parts of your style or character for every trip; it’s OK to play up or down different elements for ease of packing,” she says. Do this by making a physical list of what outfits you plan to take so you can work out what you can a) mix and match, b) rewear and c) eliminate due to any duplicates.
Another one of Cassandra’s tips to help avoid overpacking is to look up whether there’s a washing machine where you’re staying so you can cut down the amount you bring dramatically.
Pack your essentials first
Think about what you can’t live without while you’re travelling. For Cassandra there are two items that are non-negotiable: a cosy sweatshirt for those cold plane rides and reusable eye gels for dark circles (after 24 hours in transit, these count as essential items to “wear”). There are also obvious pieces like undies, bras, socks, PJs, shoes, pants and T-shirts.
Beyond that, Cassandra recommends adding your core items to your list first. The top five items you’ll always find in her suitcase are hyaluronic acid to keep her skin supple, a tank top for everyday wear, some comfy sneakers to explore the destination, the perfect white T-shirt to go with everything else in her suitcase and a pair of sunglasses to protect her eyes while out and about. Once you have your essentials, you can move on to the “extras”.
Added tip: consider essentials that will reduce your impact while you’re in transit, like stasher bags for food and your own refillable water bottle.