You’re Probably Packing Your Luggage Wrong — This Infographic Can Help
Even though you’ve aced the course at efficient packing, complete with mastering origami-style folds and deploying color-coded cases, you still might be wasting time and space in that suitcase of yours by packing too much. After all, the idea isn’t to cram your entire wardrobe into a toteable space-sac, it’s to stow away your most versatile + essential items — plus a few bonus outfit options — so that you can look like a perfectly put-together you at your home away from home. So the next time you’re preparing for take off, remember to make space in your brain for this visual aid that’s bent on helping you travel light with the most basic of must-haves.
To pack the most optimal number of underwear, or really any one-wear clothing item, trust this infographic vs your instincts. With its handy help, the numbers are fairly easy to calculate.
Pick the number of days you’ll be traveling from the top row, then follow its corresponding column down to see the relation between how many pairs to bring — including the ones you’ll wear the day you leave (side numbers) and how many times you’ll have to wash them (table numbers). Gold numbers mean you’ve maximized your stash, using up the exact number of skivvies as days you’re gone. If that’s cutting it too close for you, at least you’ll have enough room in your bag to bring along a roll of quarters for the impending out-of-town wash. And you could always squeeze in a pair of Dear Kate yoga pants juuuust incase…
What tricks + tips do you follow to make you the most efficient packer ever? Share your travel hacks in the comments below.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)