Packing. It’s the bane of my existence. I literally put it off until the very last minute because I know it’s going to turn my whole house into a disaster zone. When I went to California last week (two weeks ago? I’m still loopy from the time change), I only took a carry on and my camera bag. Mostly because a) I’m super broke and can’t justify $50 of bag fees for 2 days, and b) my sister has a slight addiction to clothing (and shoes. and jewelry. and purses.), so I knew that I didn’t need much.
As far as how I packed, it was fairly easy. I wrote out an outfit list for every single day that I was there, then pulled all the clothes and selectively purged from there.
This is what I ended up packing for 2 [techincally 4 because I included my travel clothes) days. Aaaaand this is what I actually wore:
So basically, I could have brought half of what I did and been very happy with it. I kind of forgot what 80 degrees feels like, so 3 sweaters was a little bit of overkill. I pretty much wore just tanks, pants and sandals the whole time I was there. For jewelry, I did the same thing, but then ended up just piling everything into a pouch and calling it a day:
But as you can see, I wore one necklace out of all of that, wore hoop earrings every day, and borrowed my sisters bracelets. So that was pretty much a wasted space as well. Since I was doing carry on only, I had to be really selective about what kind of liquids I brought on the plane.
I used to throw my massive make up bag in my suitcase along with another bag holding all of my toiletries, but since I created new make up organization, I no longer have that problem! This is all that I ended up taking with me: deodorant, small jar of face wash, skin potions, toothpaste, Nivea moisturizer (I swear by this stuff), powder, spot concealer, eye shadow, liner and mascara. I know that I don’t wear much makeup at all, so I grabbed what I thought I might use (and actually used it all, yay me!).
Shoes, though. I probably could have rethought the shoes a little bit, but a girl’s gotta be prepared.
Ordinarily, I don’t bring running shoes, but we were hiking the wetlands one morning, and I knew that my sister wears shoes 3 sizes smaller than me (seriously!? WHYYYYY!??), so I really had no choice. I always put my shoes in bags when I travel, and over the years I’ve collected these awesome Sephora bags to hold them:
So I bag up my shoes and lay them in the bottom of the suitcase. I then rolled all of my clothes up in bundles and snuggly fitted them into the bag. I used small stuff to fill in the cracks and gaps, and VOILA! All that stuff fit in a carry on sized bag.
Oh, and as far as what I wear on the plane, I always dress in layers. I’m either freezing or melting, so I know that if I layer up, I’ll be happy either way. Also, when I’m flying coast to coast, the weather is never the same (especially when I’m coming home), so I have to be prepared to freeze!
I love my skinny black pants from Old Navy (I got them 3ish years ago, and wish I’d bought more than one pair), and wearing zip up boots is easiest when going through security. Oh, and see that tan bag in the background? There’s my carry on! In retrospect, had I known how much I was going to be jerked around and running through airports, I would have definitely packed in a rolling bag.
So there are some of my best packing tips! Anything to add?
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