I hate to admit it, but I’m a constant overpacker.
Hi, my name is Dana and I am an overpacker.
I wasn't always this way. I used to plan and pack only what I needed. When I honeymooned in South Africa for 6 weeks, I carried everything I needed in a backpack. I spent a month wandering around Australia with all my belongings in a duffle bag. I traveled through Columbia for a summer with a carry on.
But somewhere along the way, I started planning less and packing more.
I'm not sure when this transitioned happened, but I'm determined to break this habit before it gets out of control and I start looking like this.
It's time to get back to the basics and start packing smarter.
On a recent trip to Florida to visit family, I challenged myself to not overpack. I thought about not just our itinerary for the week and the outfits I would need, but about what types of clothing would travel well and make a statement on their own without requiring a lot of extra fuss. Pieces that could stand alone or switched up with a couple layers.
This dress epitomizes that type of packable piece.
Besides the fact that it is super low maintenance and doesn't wrinkle, it also can be worn several different ways. I've switched out the matching belt for a wide, tan belt. I've added a denim jacket. I've worn it as a tunic over white jeans and wedges.
Pieces like this make getting dressed - and packing - a breeze.
I may have still overpacked (progress, not perfection), but I'm getting better at knowing which pieces will make my life easier and which pieces will just take up space in my suitcase.
dress: peacock room
clutch: stella and dot
necklace: stella and dot
sandals: old (similar here)