“There are two types of people in the world,” says Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth. “The people who can grab a handful of things and take off on a trip for a week, and then there are the people who would need a paper bag to breathe into and a stiff cocktail (or four) in order to even pretend to function that way.” If you couldn’t guess which bucket Rose falls in, it’s the latter—as in she needs everything planned to a T, which makes sense, given her hectic work and travel schedule. So how exactly does she keep her sanity when prepping for a trip? “I live and die by detailed checklists and visual cues using my Fujifilm Instax Mini 70,” explains Rose. Not sure what she means?
Keep scrolling to see her explanation.
“Nothing is worse than jumping on a plane super stressed out because you crammed all your errands and packing into one day,” explains Rose. “I always mark my calendar a day or two before takeoff to indicate that a trip is near and I need to get all my work done beforehand.”
Rose is a fan of packing as far in advance as possible, and she’s strategic in what she brings. Instead of just throwing a bunch of things into a suitcase, lay everything out that you plan to take so you can easily edit the assortment if necessary.
From there, Rose styles each piece. “It makes it so much easier for me to actually plan my outfits in advance,” she says. “Knowing that I’ve already tried on each look for all the events and activities I have planned, and feel comfortable in them, gives me such peace of mind.”
“Because I’m a visual person, when I see everything together, I can almost instantaneously realize if I’m missing a key element that I don’t always catch on paper lists,” explains Rose. “That's why I use my Fujifilm Instax Mini 70. Packing instant film snaps keeps me from driving back to my house or studio because I’ve convinced myself that I forgot something.”
While it might seem extreme, Rose swears by her packing method. “Going through each of these steps helps make my suitcase way lighter because I’m not stuffing 12 extra unnecessary shirts or dresses as backups,” she says. “Plus, once I arrive at my destination, I know that whatever I put on, I’ll feel great.”
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