Pick Comfy Clothes
If you are embarking on your first 18 hour road trip, don’t make the mistake of trying to dress cute. Throw on your comfiest pair of sweatpants or leggings and a tee because literally no one at 7-Eleven is going to care what you look like.
Mix and Match
Instead of trying to create entire outfits, pick pieces that you can mix and match. Attempting to pair every single one of your bottoms with one of your tops will probably lead to overpacking, and it will be more fun to spontaneously create outfits when you arrive at your destination!
Pick a Color Scheme
To make mixing and matching easier, you should choose a color scheme so that everything naturally goes together. Stick to three to four hues that complement each other, such as white, gray, navy, and blush for a trip to the beach, or black, gray, olive, and marsala for an escapade in the mountains.
Leave the Rayon at Home
Rayon is notoriously wrinkle-prone, so if you don’t want to open your suitcase only to be disappointed, leave the rayon and lyocell at home. No matter how cute that top is, you are going to hate it after it’s been sitting in a cramped suitcase for eight or more hours.
Keep It Simple
A road trip is not the time to go wild and unleash your inner fashionista. Stick to what you know—because if you bring an entirely new wardrobe filled with statement sleeves and lucite heels, you may not feel as comfortable during your trip, which could make you lose out on some of the experience. Save the experimenting for when you get home!
Streamline Your Accessories
There is no need to bring a different set of earrings for every outfit. Bring two or three pairs of earrings, one necklace, and a set of stackable rings that work with every outfit, and you’ll never get bored with all the different combinations to choose from.
Only Bring Three Pairs of Shoes
No matter where you’re headed, you can get away with three pairs of shoes or less. Pack sandals, tennis shoes, plus a pair of flats or heels, and you’ll be set for whatever the trip throws at you.
Roll Instead of Fold
Suitcases seem so roomy--until you start actually filling them up. To maximize your space, you should roll your clothes instead of folding them. Rolling them decreases their size and prevents wrinkles, so it’s a win-win!
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Invest in Vacuum-Sealed Bags
If you are going on a two-week road trip and can only bring a small suitcase, you need to invest in vacuum-sealable bags. These ingenious bags allow you to pack up to three times as many clothes, but beware: your clothes will be incredibly wrinkly when you pull them out. (So check out the next slide...)
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Bring Wrinkle Release Spray
Let's be honest, you're not going to keep an iron in the car with you. Instead, save yourself some grief by packing a travel-size bottle of wrinkle release spray.
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Wear Some Pieces Multiple Times
You can wear jeans, pants, shorts, and cardigans multiple times without washing them in between. It will save space in your suitcase, and it’s actually better for your clothes because they will last longer when not washed too often.
Unpack As Soon As You Arrive
It may be tempting to pass out immediately when you stop for the night, but you will thank yourself later if you unpack right away. This will help prevent that annoying “suitcase smell,” and it will be much easier to find what you are looking for in the morning.
Don't Pack Your Favorite Pieces
Obviously don’t pack your ugliest clothes either, but you may want to think twice before bringing your favorite new dress or pair of shoes on your trip. Your pieces will get a little crushed in the suitcase and could get ruined if you end up having one too many drinks at a beachside bar.
Always Expect the Unexpected
Even if it’s supposed to be 80 degrees and sunny the entire trip, bring at least one jacket and one pair of jeans, just in case. The last thing you want is to be stuck with only crop tops and cutoffs if a cold front unexpectedly moves in for two days.
Wash Your Clothes Before You Come Home
On the last day of your trip, you should try to wash all of your clothes, if possible. It will be a significantly more pleasant experience to arrive home with a suitcase full of freshly washed clothes rather than a laundry bag filled with dirty, smelly ones.