Mistake: You have a “when in doubt” mindset
“The biggest mistake is over-packing. People don’t know what they’re going to wear and are afraid to sacrifice stuff,” says Sarah Nelson, a professional organizer at Less is More in Miami, Florida. Lay clothes out on the bed and mix and match outfits to see what works. Choose a couple neutral colored bottoms to pair with different tops, or pick a color scheme such as “blue and white”—like the blogger behind cupofjo.com did for her honeymoon. Coordinating your outfits around one or two shades ensures you always have something that matches. For extended trips, bring a few less outfits than the number of days you’ll be away. “Wear basics several times; no one will notice,” Business Insider suggests.
Mistake: You wait until the last minute
“Then you’re stressed and can’t think clearly, so you end up packing too many options and don’t have what you need,” says Dacy Gillespie, a St.Louis-based personal stylist, who runs mindfulcloset.com. Start packing a few days in advance. Make a list of the activities on your itinerary to determine what you need: comfy shoes vs. sandals, dressy clothes vs. casual, etc. Want to explore the beauty of the American West? Get more info about an amazing travel experience to America’s Cowboy Country here.