YES, thats right I'm currently at Heathrow Airport waiting to board my flight to NYC... Wahoo! I am besides myself with excitement as New York is my favourite place in all the world, and since visiting there for my 18th birthday (which is the 4th July/Independence Day dontcha know) I've been itching to get back there.
I'm heading there to support my boyfriend and his business partner Terry as they host a week long pop up restaurant... How exciting ey! Myself and Terry's lovely girlfriend will be joining the two of them out there for a super cute double date break and I honestly cannot wait.
With that, I thought I'd share some packing tips that I've learnt along the way. I'm constantly on the move, whether it be simply venturing back to Manchester from London, so I like to think of myself as quite the seasoned packer.
For such an occasion I got myself some brand new luggage, the awesome Samsonite Lite Shock duo in the very gorgeous petrol blue shade.
These are THEE lightest suitcases I have EVER had/pulled/felt?! and they fit a heck load inside, which is pivotal when heading to a cold climate... Particularly one such as NYC, I mean the shopping HELLO!
PACKING; The Bulk.
So first up, I did a mini catwalk in my bedroom, trying on and writing down each of the looks for my week long trip to New York City. Yes this may seem a little too planned but I want to create some awesome content for you guys whilst I'm out there so prepping my looks before hand is essential.
I piled my clothes and shoes and set to work neatly rolling up each of the pieces. This, essentially saves on SO MUCH SPACE, and really does seem to work for eliminating those pesky creases. As you can see, I've kept my colour palettes rather simple, this is for two reasons. The first, it means I have more wearability from the pieces I've selected, mixing and matching to create different looks. And the second is the fact that I've treated myself to one heck of a statement coat and plan to get as much wear from it as possible whilst on my trip. As it's so statement I've chosen simple pieces that will let the coat do the talking.
Packing; THE TOILETRIES
For me this is the part of packing that leaves me with serious anxiety. I always feel like I'm missing something vital, so once again I write a trusty ole list and pack everything neatly inside some seriously cute toiletry bags, these green and grey babies come in a pack of three from Primark and I'm seriously impressed indeed.
I go through my make up, deciding on which lip and eye products I'd wear with each look and then of course chuck in the day to day essentials. Then, same for my skincare and washing pieces, they go into another little pouch similarly to my accessories such as sunglasses, belts and jewellery.
I forgot to pack my hair straighteners and curling tongs so at this point they'd also go in.
Securing everything with the elastic straps and zipping up my clothing with this seriously handy petrol blue cover, meaning my clothes stay in place and won't get mucky against my shoes and any dreaded toiletry leaks and spills.
Packing; THE CARRY ON
As well as the larger check in suitcase, I also got my hands on the smaller Samsonite Lite-Shock carry on suitcase, which again is super duper light with tonnes of room for my inflight essentials.
Of course, inflight beauty is a must, so I've packed my must haves (entire post on what those entail is coming up soon) and some make up that I will apply just before I get off the flight.
A total essential when taking long haul flights is inflight entertainment so as well as my phone and trusty Spotify playlist (follow me here) I have my laptop and camera to ensure lots of inflight blogging goes ahead, along with my trusty Filofax diary, my notepad and a good book (I've actually just finished this book and it was out of this world AMAZING, would you like a book review?)
All of this fits in super easily, with of course a scarf for when the flight gets a little colder and some extra space for the inevitable duty free spending spree.
So there we have it, my packing essentials and a few tips and tricks for packing for colder climates and city breaks.
Make sure you're following me on both Instagram handles @meganellaby & @ASOS_Megan for a day to day look into my NYC trip and I'll see you when I'm back, although I have TONNES of stuff all set for whilst I'm away.