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Video post: Colour-coordinated holiday packing

Dave and I are going to Barcelona on Thursday for a week! It’s my annual birthday trip – we always go away for my actual birthday (which is the 7th of June, fact fans).

I made a little video, nattering about the clothes I’m going to be taking away with me.

I haven’t really filmed this as an ‘advice’ type video, but I just want to point out that colour-coordination is the way to go for packing for trips! Taking things only in a small number of colours (in this case, red, blue and purple) involves enough planning for holiday outfits not to seem completely random, but also gives enough flexibility to change outfits at the last minute, as mood and weather dictates. I never get the approach of laying out entire outfits in advance and packing them on hangers. How do people know what exactly they’ll be doing and what the weather will be?

What is your approach for packing for trips?

Technical notes:

I had vaguely planned to do this as a ‘haul’ style video, with me holding things up to the camera. But it’s harder than you might think, because for big things you need to obviously be a quite a distance from the camera, so that they can be fully seen. And it’s a logistical nightmare, having everything close enough to reach without going off camera! Plus, it would have taken forever. So I decided to just show you everything laid out on the floor.

As you can see, I’m using vimeo (thanks for the tip, Diana!), and I’ve also filmed this on the lowest quality setting on my camera. This reduced the upload time to about twenty minutes, but obviously doesn’t look as nice! What do people think?

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  • anita 31 May 2010, 5:08 pm

    Weather will be hot for sure and you will walk a lot, so summery t-shirts, skirts and comfy shoes would be what I would bring.

    I wish you have a wonderful time in this country! šŸ™‚

  • jessie 31 May 2010, 7:40 pm

    Oh no, vimeo doesn't work on my computer! I'll have to have a look at this post on my husband's. Hope you have a fantastic trip. And, re: packing set outfits: I know! so crazy! I just try to make sure that most of what I pack goes with most of the rest of what I pack, and work it out once I get there.

  • tess 31 May 2010, 11:48 pm

    Love your accent!

  • WildBirdVintage 2 June 2010, 3:51 pm

    brilliant! I love packing according to some sort of theme. My last trip was a nautical theme with variations of yellow, white, and blue. And those Camper shoes stopped me in my tracks when I saw the pic on flickr!

  • Diana 4 June 2010, 7:32 am

    i hope you're having fun on your trip!

  • The Frog's Eyebrows 7 June 2010, 10:36 am

    Happy Birthday! I hope you're having fun on your trip! Thank you for the great packing tip for taking a colour themed wardrobe rather than specific outfits.

  • poet 22 December 2010, 8:32 pm

    I needed this now šŸ™‚ I'm re-packing my suitcase because there's too much in it and I want to buy fabric on my journey. Wish I could color-coordinate everything so nicely, but I have a limited number of things all in different colors…. too bad. We'll see.

    die Poetin