I have a confession to make. I’ve known about my trip to Jamaica for a long time, and while I always pack the day of a trip (usually a few hours before), the day I left did not go as planned. It was one of those days that you hit every single red light, and things fall apart or arrive late, or you stab yourself in the face with a needle while hemming something (yeah I don’t know how that happened either). You know, those days?
Well now that I’m finally in Jamaica I can relax, but 15 minutes before my ride to the airport arrived, I still had not started packing. I just didn’t have the time to start yet and the whole day was very stressful and I was down to the wire. I did the quickest thing I knew how when it comes to packing, and packed almost all one color. I brought with me 2 long black dresses, 2 short black dresses, black leggings, a sweater, 2 camisoles (one black, one gray), 3 swim coverups, a pair of denim shorts, 2 black swimsuits, 1 gray swimsuit, a couple of sun hats, a black hat, black sandals, and black athletic shoes. That’s it.
It took me about 5 minutes flat to throw it all into a packing cube before getting the rest of my supplies together (which coincidentally takes longer than the clothes). So if you’re in a packing rush like this, try to stick to one color! I counted the number of days I needed and made sure I had the same number of outfits. Luckily going somewhere tropical is a little easier than a colder climate, so I had that on my side. I think this just goes to show that having a mostly black wardrobe paid off for me, ha!
Do you have any quick packing tips to share? I’d love to hear!
Photos by Kate Skogen for Hej Doll.