Do You Hate Packing Clothes for a Trip?

By on August 19, 2013
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By Scarlett DeBease –

If you hate packing for a trip, then you might have Packaphobia: def: A condition of high stress and anxiety as a result of  trying to figure out what to pack for a trip.

Please do not be alarmed that you, and many other women you may know suffer from this stress provoking condition. It is nothing to be ashamed of and can easily be treated, and fortunately I have a cure. I just packed for a week in Europe in two different countries, with the daytime temps in the high 70′s and the nights in the low 60′s. Personally, that is my kind of weather, not too hot or cold and a jacket is only need at night.

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Here is what I packed, and how all the pieces can be interchanged to create more outfits that I could possible wear in a 7 day period. Oh, and I forgot to mention that I only used a carry-on suitcase.


1 pair white straight leg jeans
1 pair dark denim straight leg jeans
1 tunic top that can be worn with either pair of pants
1 tan casual pencil skirt
2 sleeveless tops that can be worn with all bottoms
3 long sleeve tops that can be worn with all bottoms
1 sleeveless long dress
1  jacket that can be worn over all tops, and my dress, except the tunic
1 scarf
3 pair sandals (1 of which is for rainy days and to be used as my slippers in the hotel)
3 necklaces 3 pair earrings 1 watch
1 nightgown
2 bras 4 pair panties
1 handbag
1 small umbrella


packed suitcaseNotice how I have room to spare in my suitcase, so I can bring home a few unique finds  – All fabrics, except one denim shirt and the skirt, are made with a polyester blend that does not wrinkle and takes up very little room in the bag. I wash my clothes in the sink, so I can have clean clothes and underwear while traveling, when needed. The polyester blend fabric dries very quickly and is easy to wash by hand. Joy Behar of ABC’s, The View, throws out her underwear as she uses them when she travels, but I prefer not spending my money on disposable clothes.
“You helped me organize my clothes for the business trip I was going on with my husband. Well, we just got back from another annual trip and I packed the day before we left, with NO STRESS!!! When I dressed for our first night my husbands words were, ”WOW you look great. Scarlett would be very proud of you. Thanks for being such an important part of allowing me to feel good about myself.”  Sharyn Baer
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About Scarlett De Bease

Scarlett is a professional Image Consultant and the founder of The always Know What To Wear System. For over 6 years, she has successfully changed the lives of many women, by showing them the correct clothes, colors, styles and accessories that will flatter them the most. If you keep buying clothes and still have nothing to wear, Scarlett will make it possible for you to always know what to wear. You can find her

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Do You Hate Packing Clothes for a Trip?