★Plan It Out★
One of the most efficient things I've found when packing is to build a spreadsheet of everything I plan to wear, grouped by outfit. It really streamlines ideas and helps me work out what things can be doubled or outfits changed. I know it may seem excessive and silly to do this but it helps to look at what I plan to bring down on paper. It makes it easier when you think of how many shoes, bags, or parasols that you would require for your coords.
Head accessories that are small can of course go into the jewelry bag if they are small enough but headbows should be put in the secondary zip pouch with socks. Awkwardly shaped headdresses should be stuck in spaces in between, they'll be fine and cushioned.
The one thing I found really useful for traveling with Lolita was to fold everything a specific way if I wasn't hanging it. Some garments have boning in them or have delicate fabric and rolling tends to wrinkle material or could very well damage things. Laying them flat and folding makes life easier and doesn't crush anything. Hanging can be good and cause less worry until you have no where to hang.
Sealing makeup in zip~lock bags makes life so much easier! It keeps things organized without hassle and keeps things from spilling or powdering in your bags. It also makes it unnecessary to carry a makeup box and less to bring. After separating all makeup into different bags put it all into a bigger zip~lock bag to ensure a secondary safety.
As for the case of jewelry, which is just as important as everything else but sometimes overlooked, it's best to get the nylon jewelry bags and put them in another slightly larger bag. I put major emphasis on this because it was my major fear to loose it at the last con. In case of rushing around having a specific eye~catching bag for jewelry can give you a peace of mind.
For both of these you don't need a secondary bag but it can make it easier and you can pack another purse or so in there. Remember though that less is more.
★The Dreaded Shoes★
Think to pack your shoes flat at the bottom and laying sideways saves on space and don't take any extra shoes than you think you actually need. This was my biggest downfall last year at Rufflecon. It was my first con and first time in the fashion show and it was asked to bring all shoes that could work for the fashion show so I got nervous that I wouldn't have everything that would work...
★Headbows & Other Headgear★
★Bring Other Essentials★
I know this may sound common sense but make sure to pack in one of the smaller pouches a pill case to have on hand at the con, there's no knowing if there is an emergency. Your general meds should be kept on hand of course but also keep in mind that aspirin and benadryl are good to have as well.
★The Petticoat Junction★
The next and last thing put away in your bag should be the petticoat. Trying to bring one can be difficult especially if you have both lighter and darker coords or don't have just one with enough poof but if most of your coords are on the lighter side it's best to stick with one over the both. Putting this on the top half gives enough cushion to all of your smaller things in your suitcase lid.
Don't forget to bring a small mesh bag for dirty clothing of course. And else you bring will be your general after frills outfits of course and you deal with them the same as with Lolita but if it's just undergarments and such those are best in the other compartments of your bag or in the other crooks for more cushion. And don't forget that you may bring back more than when you went in with...
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