How to pack light
I’m in Sannnn Frannnnncisco!
It is still dark out, but I can’t wait for the sun to rise so I can enjoy this beautiful spring weather that appeared. I can’t wait for spring!
I’m here for a Babycenter/Momformation meeting. I’ve only been with the team for a few months but I am thrilled to meet my colleagues in person tonight. Here is my latest post.
One of my greatest passions in life is traveling, and I’ve visited lots of different places… off the top of my head I’ve been to Jordan, most major cities in Italy, Sardinia, Paris, London, Budapest, Prague, Viena, Jerusalem, Jamaica, Argentina, Ecuador, Tahiti, Croatia, Greece… the list goes on. In my years of adventures I have learned how to pack well and still have space for a few fun items. Let me teach you what I’ve learned!
It might seem crazy, but I actually plan what I will wear each day and evening on a trip. I might not follow my plan exactly, but I will know that I have enough options with me. No matter the length of a trip, I always repeat a few key items and possibly even outfits. I use accessories wisely since they don’t take a lot of room, and I minimize the number of shoes I need to bring.
For this trip to San Francisco, here is what I planned:
Tues day: Leggings/short sleeve shirt/striped boyfriend sweater/scarf
Tues night: Black pants/purple shirt/black sweater/flower earrings
Wed day: Leggings/purple sweaterdress pearl necklace & earrings
Wed night: black pants/grey tank/black sweater/nice necklace
Thurs day: leggings/black short sleeve/striped boyfriend sweater/funky necklace
Thursday same outfit as travel there: yoga pants, boots, etc
biancheria, pjs, socks, jewelry, toiletries, makeup, hair straightener, hair clip
I only brought two pairs of pants and only two sweaters, which will get mixed and matched. I also brought a pair of black heels and wore my boots underneath my yoga pants. My travel outfit wasn’t fabulous, but I saved a lot of room by wearing the boots.
My hair dryer didn’t come with me and usually doesn’t. I don’t straighten my hair at home typically, but when I travel I bring my straightener since it is smaller. I use the hair dryer offered at the hotel and follow it up with my straightener.
I am bad at this part! Aside from my carry on roll bag I bring another bag big enough to hold my electronics and snacks. On this trip I brought my cell phone, iPod, laptop, big camera, and my Kindle. That is a lot of electronics! I use twisty ties to tie together the cords, but aside from that I have no room saving tips.
Since this bag is usually a bit bigger than a normal handbag, I pack a handbag for my destination.
I pack a lot of snacks. My worst nightmare is getting stuck at the airport for hours with access to only airport food. I still remember clearly the one time I went to the airport in the summer without a sweater or a snack. I figured I’d be fine because I was going to Philly for 24 hours, and the flight is only 45 minutes. Well, the flight ended up being delayed for several hours and finally canceled, but that taught me a lesson. Never leave home without your snacks and sweater!
For this trip, a 6 hour flight, I brought the following:
- salad with grilled chicken from rybread
- a peeled orange
- a few kettle chips
- 2 Snackwell’s cookies (random childhood craving!)
From the airport I bought 2 huge bottles of water, one for the plane ride and one for my hotel room the first night.
I need to feel comfortable when I am traveling and away from home, and a few special extras make that easier. I usually bring my TempurPedic all purpose pillow with me as it is perfect for the plane ride, and I always bring these big fluffly socks to use as slippers in the room. I also pack hand lotion no matter what season it is, and it is a nice indulgence to have with me.
I hope you enjoyed my lesson on packing, and it helps you the next time you travel!
Are you a good traveler? Where have you been in the world?