Avoid Packing Fails with this Number One Tip


It’s a summer of weekend getaways, last minute vacations, family road trips, lots of packing, and a whole lot of room for potential packing fails. 

If you’re anything like us, you’ve got a thousand other things you rather be doing than packing a suitcase; but it’s one of those things that you have to get right to make the most out of your vacation (and more importantly... your vacation photos).

Pushing packing to the bottom of your to-do list is more than likely to leave your suitcase – and vacation – in shambles. If you’ve ever shown up to the hotel or vacation house and opened up your disheveled suitcase to find fifty pairs of underwear ‘just in case,’ and a top that doesn’t go with any of your other outfits, all the while forgetting a bathing suit, staple pieces, sun-protection, and other essential items, then this blog post might be for you.  

Read on for the number one tip on how to avoid some common packing dilemmas.  

The 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Rule 

Avoid overpacking - or packing the wrong quantity of items - by sticking to a tried-and-true system. All you need are five tops, four pairs of bottoms, three dresses, two pairs of shoes, and one of each of a few accessories. Categories might vary depending on where you’re going, what season it is, and your lifestyle, but the general rule should remain the same. This should keep you from showing up with an over-stuffed suitcase with a bunch of things you don’t need.  

The key to success with the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 rule is to pack versatile items that you can wear in multiple settings, mix and match, and dress up or dress down.  

At Patchington, we’ve created the Destination Collection, which focuses specifically on packability and versatility. Check out the collection and you'll find a variety of staple pieces that you can throw in your suitcase, and pair with a number of other outfits. What’s more, we list countless options for sun-protective clothing and accessories that you can rock while you’re out and about in the sun. Scroll down for our visual aid on the 5,4, 3, 2, 1 system, where we’ve put together a list of essential items that meet every standard of the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 rule. 


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