Start With This Packing List
When packing, I ask myself: Where am I traveling to? How long am I going to be there? With whom am I going? (It's different to travel with family and friends than for business, for example.) Then, I start picking pieces by colors and fabrics, starting with black for Fall and Winter and white for Spring and Summer.
I suggest starting with bottoms first; three or four pairs should be enough for up to a week of travel. They should be solids so it’s easy to wear each piece a few times and with any top you pack. Speaking about tops, find six or seven that can be mixed and matched with the selected bottoms. This really helps to make various outfits without having to pack extra. Make sure to sprinkle a few pieces with bright colors or with a fun design to give your outfits a pop.
Materials are important too, so pay attention to them. For Spring, the best fabrics are cotton and linen, but linen does require ironing, and that's something I don't want to be doing on my vacation. Cotton really does occupy the least amount of space in your carry-on.