For everyone who has had to dust off the jumbo suitcase hidden underneath your bed to pack for your next multi-week extravaganza, this one’s for you. Stylebook is the holy grail of travel outfit planning, and one of my all-time favorite apps.
How To Become A Pro-Packer With Stylebook
StyleBook – $4.99 – Apple
1. Focus on the Destination
One of the first things you should consider when using Stylebook is your destination. Are you going somewhere warm, tropical and relaxed? Will you be doing a lot of sight-seeing during the day and going out at night? By keeping your itinerary and the weather in mind, this app will help you narrow down your wardrobe to exactly what you need to bring.
2. Choose Colors Wisely
Select a color palette of just three or four colors so that they can be mixed and matched easily. To make it even simpler, keep most of the pieces neutral so that they go with everything.
3. Import Pictures of Your Clothes
Using the built-in camera or your photo library, you can add images of your clothing to selected categories, you can create outfits, and you can store notes such as size, tags, season, color, brand, fabric type, etc. Once you’ve saved outfits and add them to a packing list, the clothing items will automatically appear and Stylebook will tell you which items to pack.
4. Mix and Match
It’s start as an innocent thought: You need more clothes. Before you think about checking a 50-pound suitcase, use the clothes that you’ve selected from a color palette and see how many combinations you can come up with. Remove any extra items that you don’t end up using. Little tip: Try everything on before you go to make sure that it fits to your liking.
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5. Stick to the List
One of the best things about Stylebook is that it offers a packing list to help you narrow your options down, or you can create your own custom packing list using saved images of clothing items that you have.
6. Making it Fit
Fitting a week’s worth of stylish outfits (and no repeats!) into a suitcase that’s well under most airlines’ carry-on guidelines is a difficult task for anyone. Try rolling your clothes to save space and prevent wrinkles. Use of packing organizers such as packing cubes, toiletry bags and packing envelopes make for quick access. Before you jet off to next vacay, dress in your heaviest clothing on your travel days to induce a bulky carry-on.
Stylebook feels less like an app and more like a personal assistant. It’s essentially a more interactive Pinterest board for travelers, with features that will keep even the most unorganized packer on track. A little organization goes a long way in terms of traveling, and for me, this app does more than its fair share of work.