I left Friday and came back home on Monday. When I'm packing I always like to set aside comfortable clothes for while I'm en route. I will always wear the same pair of pants for both trips, sometimes I'll wear the same shirt, usually I don't though. I always pack two shirts anyway which is definitely a good idea because snacking can get pretty messy in a moving car especially if you hit stop and go traffic.
"Trip there" and "Trip back" overlap at the pair of pants sandwiched in the middle. To the right are my pajamas. Funny story: I forgot to bring my pajamas with me when I slept over my grandparents house one time. For some reason just sleeping in my day clothes was not an option I allowed myself. For some odd reason I did pack a random fleece blanket and a crochet project. Priorities, people. I took out the sewing box and cut the fleece blanket into a pair of not-so-well fitting shorts with a yarn drawstring. They were only used once, but they served their purpose well.
Once I've got my travel outfits all picked out then I lay out outfits for the rest of the days of my trip. Saturday and Sunday amounted to three outfits because I packed one outfit for church and something to change into afterwards. There are a few shirts in some spots. I always layer, especially in early Spring!
Wow, a lot of negative space in the top of that picture!! These were literally taken as I was in the middle of packing. Apparently I was paying more attention to that than to the photography. It's a good thing too or I may have ended up forgetting my pajamas!
Now, how do you pack all this stuff? A three or four day trip, for me anyway, usually leaves enough space in my carry on to throw in a few pairs of flats and maybe a pair of sandals on top of everything. I wear my sneakers in the car The key to getting it all to fit well is to roll your clothes. I've never had an issue with wrinkly clothes packing this way, but then again I'm not too fussy about wrinkles either. I'm one of those people who will just hang a shirt or skirt in the bathroom while the shower is on.
Rolling, Rolling, Rolling
Fold the shirt in half, then fold the sleeves over, and fold in half again.
Roll the shirt from top to bottom.
Pants and skirts are both pretty simple. Pants, you fold in half so it looks like just one leg, then you fold in where the inseams meet so you've got two straight sides, and then roll. I prefer rolling pants bottom to top, but it doesn't really make much difference.
For skirts, fold them in half, then fold in the part of the skirt that flares out on the open edged side until that edge is even with the waistband, and roll.
I pack everything sideways and try not to pile things on top of each other so I can see everything I've got packed. This is what it looks like with a few items packed.
Thanks for reading, and please share your own packing tips in the comments!