This Thursday, I take off for a 3 week-long whirlwind of meetings and client events, with a stint on the beach, outings with friends and family time in between. All this in 4 countries and 9 cities that have varying climates, cultures and logistical quirks.
As if that doesn’t sound hard enough to pack for already, with only brief stops in Mexico City, Acapulco, Portland, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Sacramento, LA, London and Warsaw, checking luggage is not an option. If any trip was to call for making a packing list, this would be it.
The iTunes App Store is on it with Travel List, to Trip List, to Packing Pro among others. Some of the apps are great for camping, some for family trips, but what I really need is to sort through my closet to assemble outfits from versatile items that I can wear on multiple occasions in different locations. This means visuals, without making my apartment look like something imploded in it, not a reminder to bring socks.
Thankfully, there is Stylebook ($3.99).
While not your typical packing app, Stylebook is a closet organizer with a packing list functionality that is a godsend when trying to keep track of how to create different looks from items you’re putting in your bag. Before it does that though, there is some work involved:
Just like Cher’s Virtual Closet in Clueless, Stylebook stores your clothing by category and occasion. Uploading an image of every blazer, dress and shoe you own can be a bit painful, so to make this process more efficient, I suggest that you:
- Spread it out and take a photo of what you’re wearing every day for a few weeks.
- Photograph your favorite pieces from the current season first. This way you can start using the app right away without making a record of everything you own.
- Use Google Images.
- Add clothes by uploading images from thousands of popular stores including Nordstrom and J.Crew, etc. using the "Shopping" feature.
Once done, the packing fun can start! The step by step instructions can be found here. The good news is that you can upload complete outfits rather than each piece individually. Stylebook automatically adds each item to your packing list. Once you do this, you can easily add or delete anything you choose.
If like me, you throw things into your bag over the course of a couple of days before your trip only to keep forgetting what you already packed, Stylebook has a built-in checklist in every packing list. This lets you mark what you’ve already put in your bag as you're adding items.
While the setup requires effort, you no longer need to be home to mix and match things, and you won't have to make a mess while deciding on what to bring. Instead, you can group your items into "Looks", and see what you're working with. As it saves both time and space in your bag as you're less likely to bring things you won't end up wearing, Stylebook is a true packing partner in crime.