Packing For A Work Week Away: By Road Edition

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.
[NB chintz]
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?
-Rachel


Linking up with ChristineSara Bonnie for Travel Tuesday, and with Malinda for Wednesday Wanderlust.
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18 Comments

  1. 18th August 2015 / 12:55

    SO smart to bring a bag for laundry! That makes it a breeze for laundry!

    • 18th August 2015 / 20:58

      It was kind of a game changer for me, which I’m a little embarrassed to admit because it’s so basic! But literally. It’s amazing.

  2. 18th August 2015 / 13:10

    A laundry bag is definitely what I need to start bringing on trips! It would make organization so much easier once the trip is done.

    • 18th August 2015 / 20:59

      I know! Who’d have thought something so simple could make such a difference! Also I like this one because it’s not super obvious that you’re hauling around a bag of dirty clothes…

    • 18th August 2015 / 20:59

      Ha! I think I’m more of an aspirational type A! That’s why things like this are so revolutionary to me! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  3. 18th August 2015 / 20:42

    SO nice that you can hang your clothes right up in the car! Most of the time when I’m traveling, I’m going by plane, which makes things a little bit more difficult. Still I always bring some sort of laundry bag, or pick up a plastic bag while I’m away to stay organized just like you! Saves so much time and effort sorting 😀

    • 18th August 2015 / 21:00

      I know, it’s such a luxury. I’m the same, I usually travel on planes, and for ages I was just abiding by the same rules even though I was driving. How stupid! So this was kind of my revolutionary realisation that I could make things easier for myself. Who’d have thought a laundry bag would make such a difference!

  4. LydiaCLee
    18th August 2015 / 22:06

    Aren’t you clever?! I just shove everything in – but if not a tropical destination, I go with crumple free materials….

    • 19th August 2015 / 18:02

      I was oddly proud of myself…! I think I need more crumple free clothes. Maybe that’s the answer to all my problems!

  5. 19th August 2015 / 02:13

    You certainly are organised and have a very efficient system. I always find it so handy to have a laundry bag with me to fill with dirty clothes as I go.

    Thanks for joining in #wednesdaywanderlust

    • 19th August 2015 / 18:03

      I’m not normally this organised at all, hence I felt the need to share! The laundry bag made things so much easier, especially for the tight weekend turnaround.

  6. 19th August 2015 / 03:26

    I should develop a clothes routine like yours. I can stare at the closet deciding what to wear for more than 10 minutes.

    • 19th August 2015 / 18:04

      Oh I know, I’m normally like that too. This way made things so much quicker and less stressful! I think I’m going to start doing this for normal days too, even when I’m not away. I’m sure it would help my mornings!

  7. 19th August 2015 / 16:05

    Totally impressed that you can carry 5 outfits in your car! Love all the different looks with some of the same pieces! While I’m usually a Type A planner, when it comes to clothes, I’m totally last minute. I should plan out my outfits ahead of time 😀

    • 19th August 2015 / 18:05

      The difference travelling via car makes is awesome. I once wore the same skirt all 5 days just with different tops per day (I was travelling on the train that week so couldn’t do my outfit-hanging thing) and I was so sick of that skirt by the end of the week! Too far.

  8. 19th August 2015 / 17:20

    I used to travel for work as well and liked to build outfits around a few staple items, especially shoes, so that I wasn’t having to pack unnecessary items! And always check the weather at my destination prior to packing!

    • 19th August 2015 / 18:07

      Yes! The weather one caught me out a few times – not so much for daytime stuff because I generally wear the same outfits regardless (office AC is a game-leveller!) but for the evening, where I wouldn’t have anything warm enough/cool enough. So I learned that one the hard way!

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