3 Rules to Pack By: Weekend Getaway Edition

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Making a case for classic shapes, repeat outfits and embracing a few wrinkles.

It’s a familiar scene—you’ve planned a thought-of-everything weekend getaway, the flight leaves in 12 hours and your bag is, well, empty. Instead of stuffing it with everything you might wear, try this approach: Take a deep breath (or four), and imagine hopping off the plane, unzipping your bag and seeing a few outfits you love, ready to toss on. Feeling a little more zen? Good. These three packing truths will help you get there IRL, wherever you may be headed.

Rule #1: Stick with the classics.
Weekend trips are short enough—getting dressed should be as easy as possible. The shortcut? Pack styles that have stood the test of time: T-shirts, simple pull-on shorts or a maxi dress. And here’s the fun part: The simpler the shape, the freer you are to play around with bright colors and patterns.

Rule #2: Your last vacation wardrobe might be your best inspiration.
Some outfits are worth repeating because they have a way of feeling right, whether it’s your favorite denim shorts and striped tee or a beach cover-up you end up wearing from breakfast straight through sunset cocktails. Before you put anything in your bag, think back to your last trip and the pieces you lived in. Start there.

Rule #3: Some things look better a little wrinkled.
Whether it’s a gauzy maxi dress or a cotton romper, certain pieces are designed with travel in mind (read: no iron, no problem). How to know what, exactly, those might be? You should be able to ball it up, hop on a plane and wear it straight out of the bag when you land. (But natural fabrics like cotton and linen, or even our packable straw hats, are safe bets.)

And a few extra tips from our team (travel lovers, all):
-Wearing the same outfit on the way there and back frees up suitcase (and mental) space.
-Leave one-fourth of your bag empty, because #souvenirshopping.
-Assemble a “go pack” of travel essentials to store in your weekender year-round, with an extra phone charger, a toothbrush, toothpaste and cozy socks for the plane.

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