Traveling Light (When You’re a Plus-Sized Fashionista)

As I have stated (possibly ad nauseam) I am a big girl.

I also like clothes. And makeup. And jewelry.

I also really like to travel.

Put these things together and what do you get?

That girl standing in line at the airport, trying to figure out how to make her suitcase weigh less so she doesn’t get charged an extra fee….that’s what you get.

You’ve all seen me (I mean, her). And you’ve probably wondered WHAT IN THE WORLD she has in that giant travel bag that looks like it could hold several gymnasts (or one not-so-flexible person).

Accessories and hairspray. That’s your answer.

Thankfully, after years of airports, layovers and baggage claim, I have learned a thing or two about travelling light…or, at the very least, lighter. Accessories and hairspray are still a must for me but the following tips have helped me avoid overage fees and sometimes even the checked luggage line all together.

  1.  If you fail to plan, then plan to pay.

Okay, so that’s not exactly how the saying goes, but it’s close enough. For me, planning outfits is the key to packing less. I have friends who pack several extra pieces saying, “Well, what if I don’t want to wear that other top?” or “What if I decide one outfit doesn’t look good?”

UGH. First of all, you’re not a preschooler who wakes up and decides they want to dress like Bob the Builder that day. You’re an adult. You should know by now what you like AND what looks good on you. And if you’re unsure about the latter, try the friggin’ thing on before you put it in your suitcase.

Sorry, not sure where that came from…I might be hangry. Point being, assuming that you know what your out-of-town activities are going to be, you should be able to plan outfits accordingly, followed by matching shoes, jewelry, etc. Ultimately, this should not only save you some real estate in your luggage (by not bringing unnecessary items) but it should save you “getting ready time” on your trip.

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2. Travel-sized ANYTHING is a good idea.

I’m not just talking shampoo and conditioner here. I even have a travel-sized flat iron. Being the glamazon that I am, I understand not wanting to leave behind any hair and makeup essentials. So, don’t. Just buy miniature versions of them! (Sally’s and Target are my go-to places.)

3. Speak softly and carry a big purse.

Whether I’m checking luggage or not, I can usually save room in suitcases or carry-ons by super-sizing my purse. This is where I’ll keep things like my makeup bag or jewelry. And, of course, the sugary snacks and trashy romance novels that I reserve for plane rides.

A word to the wise, be sure to bring a smaller (cross-body, perhaps) purse with you too. That way you won’t be stuck carrying the big one all over Tarnation. (I never knew where Tarnation was but my mom sure talked about it a lot.)

4. Reduce, Reuse….Rewear?

That might be a bad word to some fashionistas and according to spellcheck, it’s not a word at all but in some cases, you might be able to utilize one wardrobe piece multiple times. If I’m really trying to save room, I will do this with my travel outfits. This weekend, for example, I’m wearing shorts on the plane but plan to change once I get to Atlanta. On Monday, when I travel home, I can wear the same shorts again but pair them with a different top.

These are my personal travel tricks but how about you? Have any of you fashionistas found a way to save space without sacrificing style? I’d love to hear from you!!!!

PS…Travel diary and ATL/Style Expo pics coming soon!!!!

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