Pack Like a Pro

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

With spring break on the horizon (and designers' summer look books landing on my desk daily), I've got getaways on the mind. Every time I think of packing, I recall my first trip to Vegas. I was 16, going for a week, and beyond excited. I carefully and thoughtfully loaded up two giant-sized pieces of luggage, one with clothes and one with shoes. I'm not sure exactly who I thought I was going to impress, but darn it if I wasn't going to live it up! It was clearly absurd. The older I got, the more in love with fashion I fell - and the better I got at packing. Now, it's a breeze. And toting my luggage is far easier. I'm certain you need only 10 things, even for a week.

Here are my tips on packing like a pro:

Five Vacation-Packing Rules

  • Pack only 10 items
  • Stick with a general color scheme - mix and match!
  • Be comfortable
  • Leave jewelry at home - except for either diamond studs or hoop earrings
  • Limit your makeup
  • The Only 10 Items You Need
    • Dress
    • Sweater
    • Top or T-shirt
    • Tank
    • Shorts
    • Jeans or capris
    • Bathing suit
    • Sandals
    • Scarf
    • Sunglasses --Kristy Eckert