Though summer screams of summer vacation, the truth is, we often travel year round. Whether we鈥檙e heading out of town on a business trip, whisking our best friend off on a weekend away or popping across the country for a wedding, there are many reasons to hop on a plane or in a car. With travel comes packing, which always leads to the question 鈥 How are we supposed to leave without ten pairs of heels?! We鈥檝e got to narrow it down, gals. But not too much. We鈥檝e partnered with Scotch庐 Brand to create some must-know packing tips to maximize your space and be prepared for anything your trip might throw your way, like a missing button or a bad cup of coffee.


What to Pack

Let鈥檚 start with the necessities. After many years of travel, we鈥檝e got a list of essentials that will help you avoid any travel snafus.


Layers: You never know what the weather is going to be like, even if you鈥檙e in New York and it鈥檚 December. There is always the chance that the sun will peek out from behind the clouds, and you want to be ready to expose those arms at a moment鈥檚 notice. We say, bring an undershirt, a cute blouse, a cardigan to add some warmth and a few accessories like a scarf or a pair of gloves.


Flats and Heels: Let鈥檚 be real 鈥 the heels have to make the cut. Just because we might be walking a lot does not mean we will walk into a meeting without our #girlboss pumps. Bring a pair of flats that fit into your handbag and then you can power walk your way around town and do a quick Superman phone booth wardrobe change before you head inside.


Scotch鈩⒙Essentials Easy Fix Buttons: These are a great item to have on hand, not only for your own lost button, but for anyone else who has a missing piece. No need for a mini sewing kit or needle-wielding skills. Simply stick a button on the front of these pins and you鈥檝e got yourself a wardrobe malfunction fix.


Coffee Grounds: These days almost all hotel rooms have a coffee maker, but they don鈥檛 always have your favorite Nicaraguan blend. Grind your coffee at home and then bring it with you in a securely sealed container. Your taste buds will be pumped in the morning, which might actually feel/be the middle of the night if you鈥檙e dealing with a time zone change. You鈥檙e welcome.


Scotch鈩⒙燛ssentials Accessory Tape Circles and Wardrobe Tape Strips: Gals, these are THE BEST! We are going crazy over this new wardrobe tape here at the B+C office. Say goodbye to bra straps that sneak out of your sleeves or button-up blouses that don鈥檛 stay perfectly in place. These magical strips and dots will keep you looking tip top.


Pillowcase: Sure, you can use this pillowcase to make your hotel bed feel a little bit more like home, but our favorite use for an empty pillowcase is dirty laundry. Keep your soiled clothes separate from your fresh ones by storing them in a portable hamper.


Contact Cases: These are the perfect organizers for small items. Store your earrings, vitamins, ear plugs, or anything else that needs a mini home in these versatile cases. Pretty pumped we found a mini glasses contact case.


Scotch鈩⒙燛ssentials Sweater Pill Remover: How embarrassing it is to show up to a dinner with a sweater that looks like it鈥檚 from 1975? Perhaps not embarrassing at all if it鈥檚 gold and sequinned, but if it鈥檚 covered in pills, that鈥檚 another story. Keep your warm layers looking brand new with this amazing product. It鈥檒l clean you right up.


Wear Your Bulkiest Items: You鈥檙e sitting on top of your suitcase trying to get the zipper to shut and it鈥檚 not happening. Fear not! You don鈥檛 need to say adios to your boots; just wear them on your feet and throw your flats in the bag. It might not be your perfect travel outfit, but you will have so much more space if you wear your wool coat, boots, scarf and hat.


Scotch鈩⒙燛ssentials Tag Comfort Covers: There鈥檚 nothing worse than sitting in an important meeting and having an itch you can鈥檛 scratch. Clothing tags can be such a pain! They scratch at your neck or your waist and they鈥檙e constant. Cutting them out of your garments doesn鈥檛 help. There鈥檚 really no way to get rid of those little pests. Until now. Scotch庐 Brand has come out with Tag Comfort Covers that perfectly solve this problem. Cloak your tags and you鈥檒l be itch free and 100% on your game.

How to Pack

Now that you know what to pack, we鈥檝e got some tips to teach you how to get everything into that bag.


Roll Your Clothes: This is the key to maximizing space in your suitcase. Roll them up and place your little logs in your bag.


Shoes In Shower Caps: No one wants to pull out a blouse that has dirt on it from the bottom of a pair of shoes. Avoid these moments by putting your shoes in shower caps. Those nasty soles will stay clear of your fancy attire.


Wrap Delicates In Tissue Paper: Department stores wrap your newly purchased items in tissue for a reason: it keeps them looking good. Fold a layer of tissue paper around your delicates for safe keeping.


Put Toiletries In ZiplocBags: Though many travel bottles claim to be secure, somehow shampoo and lotion always seems to find their way into the bag. Avoid the mess and sudsy clothes by putting your toiletries in a Ziploc before you put them in your dopp bag. Then your conditioner will have to get through two layers before it gets to your blouse.


Organize it all in your suitcase and head out!

Do you have any packing tips? We鈥檇 love to hear your ideas in the comments.

This post is a collaboration with Scotch庐 Brand.