I started packing today and thought I would share the method to my madness...
First: Check the weather report of the vacation destination. 60's in the day, 40's at night. No rain.
Second: Select your wardrobe options. For a 3 day trip you need 4 ensembles. Plus a nicer dress for dinner, 2 cozy outfits for travel, a sweater, a light jacket, and a heavier coat. So really like 8.
Here is what I picked...
The purpose of this trip is to relax and see the sights. So all of my outfits are comfortable/will not require spanx :)
Third: After selecting your wardrobe, think about shoes. I packed 2 wedges because I am going to be hoofing it all around the city and wedges are much more comfortable for that (obviously not more comfortable than sneakers, but sneakers don't go with anything and I need some height.) Honestly I'll probably live in those cozy black boots but I like to have options. I also packed one pair of black heels that are super impractical for walking but will look fabulous while I am single handedly setting the world record for most beignets consumed in one sitting at Café Du Monde. Yeah, that's happening.
Fourth: Jewelry and accessories.
Fifth: Make-up and Electronics.
remember? Speaking of undergarments, I pack them with the outfits they go best with to keep dressing each day quick and simple.
Lastly grab your suitcase and some baggies and start cramming it all in! Shoes and bulkier items first.
Keep the following items in your purse:cell phone, keys, medicines, camera, sunglasses x2 (mine always break on trips), ipod, kindle, extra make-up, cash, gum, snacks, tissues, pens, paper, GPS, maps, postage stamps for sending "wish you were here" postcards, and whatever else you like.
I'm sure I'm forgetting something, but this is a quick weekend getaway and if I ever really forget something important I just buy it on vacation and then it's a souvenir.
Sometimes I forget things on purpose so I can get more souvenirs :)