During my stays away with work during the week, I’ve developed a packing routine which works pretty well for me. It’s super un-revolutionary, and it’s definitely not minimalistic, but I thought I’d share it with you anyway because it’s made my life a whole lot easier recently.
I’ve usually been driving up to work on a Monday morning, and back on a Friday night. That’s 5 outfits to pick out, which I do on a Sunday afternoon so as I can get it out of the way and enjoy the remainder of my weekend. I iron them, hang each day’s outfit together on a hanger, and double check I have indeed got 5 serviceable outfits. Are there any extra important meetings or other events that these outfits need to be suitable for?
Once I’m certain these clothes will do, I move on to packing my suitcase. There’s not too much left to go in here, seeing as my outfits are sorted, but it boils down to my gym kit, toiletry and makeup bags, some jeans and a couple of tops to wear in the evening, plus undies obvs. There’s also my straighteners, extension cable and phone chargers, and the book I’m reading.
Into the car boot goes my packed suitcase, and I hang my pre-ironed outfits behind the driver’s seat.
I arrive at my destination, check in, and hang my outfits straight up in the wardrobe. Plus point: no need to mess about with those stupid hotel room hangers, and no need to fiddle with hotel room deathtrap irons and ironing boards. It makes my mornings so much simpler.
The next crucial element is that unassuming reusable bag down there (shoutout to Canvas). That’s my laundry bag. As soon as clothes are worn and done with, they go straight in there. Throughout the week, my clothes gradually transfer from on the hangars or inside my case into the canvas bag.
At the end of the week, all I’m left with is a neatly packed bag of laundry.
I drive home again, and as soon as I get in the door I head straight for the washing machine and dump the whole bagful in.
That gives enough time for everything to be washed and dried ready for the next round of outfit construction and ironing on Sunday.
The rest of the contents of my suitcase stays as-is, ready to go for next week. I might need to top up a toiletry or two, put in a new book or replenish my emergency chocolate supplies (shhh) but nothing that takes any significant length of time or concentration.
Purely for your amusement, and as proof that this really was 5 outfits, here’s what I wore for the whole week in question.
Day 1 ¦¦ Dress – Connected Apparel (via TK Maxx) ¦ Cardigan – H&M ¦ Necklace – Accessorize ¦ ¦ Shoes – Office
Day 2 ¦¦ Top – Clements Ribiero ¦ Cardigan – Gap ¦ Skirt – Next ¦ Shoes – Next
Day 3 ¦¦ Dress – Uniqlo ¦ Shoes – Office
Day 4 ¦¦ Jumper – Dickens & Jones ¦ Skirt – Next ¦ Necklace – Accessorize ¦ Shoes – Next
Day 5 ¦¦ Dress – The Department (House of Fraser, no longer in existence – boo!) ¦ Cardigan – Forever 21 ¦ Shoes – Office
Do you have any packing tips and tricks, however basic?