How to Pack: A Guide for Plus Size Women
Do you love to travel? Leaving behind the daily grind for a vacation – even just a long weekend – is such a joy. You feel free, you mix up your routine, and you come home relaxed, ready to face new challenges.
But before you can head out the door, you have to pack. And that may be the greatest challenge of all. Especially for plus size women.
Use these tips to pack smarter. They’ll make prepping for a vacation less stressful. That way you can get the most out of every moment of travel.
Get Luggage You Love
Good travel gear is essential. Invest in quality luggage that you can truly love. It’s worth every penny. Here are some things to look for:
- Easy to carry and wheel around. Whether you’re walking through the airport or loading up your car’s trunk, your baggage needs to be easy to manage.
- Carry-on size appropriate. You don’t want to be the person struggling to get their bag into an airplane overhead compartment.
- Not too big for overpacking. Huge suitcases are no good for travel. They’re too heavy to move comfortably. If you’re traveling by plane, your weight limit is 50 pounds or less.
- Distinctive for baggage claim. Trying to find your luggage at the airport baggage claim can be a battle. Choose bags with distinctive details that make identifying your belongings easy.
- Durable and Damage Resistant. Spend a little more for a bag that won’t fall apart after its first trip.
Make a Checklist
Packing can be a nightmare. Calm your anxieties and stay organized by making a packing checklist. This only takes 5 minutes, but it will save you hours of stress. Personalize your list to fit your needs and travel destination. And don’t forget these essentials:
Underthings. Don’t skimp here. Bring plenty. Better safe than sorry.
Toiletries. Buy travel sizes or make your own travel toiletries using small bottles. If you’re flying, be sure everything in your carry-on is TSA approved. If you’re not sure, play it safe and put liquids and gels in your checked bag. Tight on space and know your destination well? Bring a few essentials and buy other things you need when you arrive.
Medications. Double check this part of the list. Make sure you’ve filled any prescriptions ahead of time so you’re not rushing out to the pharmacy the night before your trip. Confirm that you have enough in your carry-on bag to make it through the first 24 hours if your checked bag is lost.
Tops. What’s the weather like in your destination? What activities are you planning for? Pack plus size tops that will be climate-appropriate and comfortable. Choose tops that are easy to mix and match. That way you can create multiple outfits using the minimum amount of clothing.
Bottoms. Again, pack your plus size clothing according to your travel plans. Keep things simple and easy to accessorize. A casual plus size skirt is comfortable for a relaxing day but can also be dressed up with the right top and accessories.
Accessories. Even if you packed minimal plus size tops and bottoms, you can still create plenty of different outfits with the right accessories. This is especially important if you will be in both casual and formal settings.
Shoes. Shoes are space and weight hogs. If you can make it through your trip with just one or two pairs, better. One casual and one formal pair – if they’re classically designed and easy to pair with any outfit – should be fine.
Classic Pieces, Multiple Outfits
Travel plus size clothing should be classic, comfortable, and easy to mix and match. Save your more unique, one-of-a-kind pieces for events closer to home. You’ll save space, travel comfortably, and look great in your plus size clothing.
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“There is an amazing feeling of artistic accomplishment when all the parts come together into one harmonious aesthetic. It's a connection with who you are and the elements you choose to express yourself visually. This is what making clothing is all about for me. It's like when a songwriter hears his first written notes from a voice or a baker who has practiced a recipe and nails it or a figure skater who exceeds her own expectations. I express my sense of art in clothing. I see things in color, shape and texture. I react to the touch of silk on my skin and my eyes are aware of how color combinations make me feel. My goal is to bring all of these intuitive notions to garments that are sized for larger women. If I can accomplish this then I have reached my goal.” – Stephen