Next, define the place you’re going. Choose three words to describe where you’re headed. Write them on the left side of the city, vertically stacked.
For me, Atlanta was: energetic, hot, busy.
Then, choose 3 words that describe how you want to feel in your clothes.
I chose sexy, fun, confident. Write them on the right side of the city name, vertically stacked.
B) Put on a playlist.
During the 15-30 minutes you’ll be assembling your bag, you gotta have tunes. Pop on whatever feels right for where you’re headed.
My favorite hip hip artists of all time, Outkast, are from Atlanta, so that was an easy choice for last weekend’s pack. (If you don’t know Aquemini, I highly recommend giving it a listen.)
Next month I’m headed to a town I used to visit with my mom as a child. She’d always play Van Morrison on this trip, so that’s what I’ll be turning on.
If your destination is new, choose music based on the words you chose to describe your city. If it’s a spot you’ve visited before, think about what music you heard last time you were there.
C) Put it on ice.
This isn’t as essential as the other parts of the prep, but let’s face it…a cocktail is the perfect way to get you in the mood for vacation. Match what you’re drinking to wear you’re headed. A trip to Napa deserves a glass of wine, a margarita is perfect for Mexico, an IPA encompasses that Pacific Northwest vibe. It’s a sweet indulgence to celebrate your style.
For my trip to Atlanta, I went with rosé, because the bride-to-be is a big fan of the pink drink (who can blame her).
2. TRUST YOUR GUT
You’ve got your words, you’ve got your music, you’ve got your drink. Now for a little self pep talk.
Even if you’re going to be in a group setting on the trip, this is not the time to think about what anyone else is wearing. There is one person and one person only that this suitcase is about, and that’s your self.