Yesterday I began trip preparation for our Food & Wine Festival trip. With 26 days to go, I knew that I had to get into the closets and figure out what we would be wearing on witch day. Because I pack o look good in pictures, I generally pack for everyone traveling. On this trip that includes my husband (HurricaneDad411), and I knew that he would need a few new things. I wasn't sure of the state of my wardrobe, so planning now would give me enough time to take care of the details without a last minute rush and panic. So I pulled out my spreadsheet (yes, there's a spreadsheet for vacation) and got to work!
Step One: First I take an overview of the vacation plans. To get an idea of what's needed keep in mind the number of days (will you wear a new outfit every day or repeat?), weather (this can very greatly depending on time of year), park atmosphere (is it a holiday or special event?), dining reservations (signature dining has a dress code), and photography (outfits that look nice, coordinate and won't date the picture).
Resort Casual because it photographs well and looking nice is never out of style. In addition one outfit must go from theme park to signature dining, and one needs to go from meet & greet to Halloween Costume. I also enjoy the romantic the atmosphere of Epcot in the evening and chose to "dress up" for opening night of the Food & Wine Festival.
These are the outfits for Foodie Fest and MNSSHP. You can see that we coordinate (the tan of his outfit picks up on the tan in my skirt, and I may get him a burnt orange t-shirt) but we're not "matchy". These outfits will also easily turn into a gypsy look and Indiana Jones for the Halloween Party by adding a few simple accessories, like a hip scarf for me and a hat for Geordon.
Step Four: Create a list of anything that may be missing from your wardrobe. Geordon needs a couple of tee shirts and I need a camisole, but overall we have enough clothes. Once I know what we have I look at our schedule and see where that look set will fit in best and make a note of it on the spreadsheet (bottom row).
I haven't started packing yet, but I know exactly what I have, what I need to buy, and what will eventually be going into the suitcase. When the time comes to get it into our bags, I'll just check my spreadsheet and packing becomes a breeze. And yes... I may very well be more than a little OCD about it.
What's your packing style? Do you plan, or throw whatever is clean in a bag and head out the door?
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