Saturday, November 30, 2013

Packing Smart For Holiday Trips

The chance to travel? ahhhmazing! Packing for traveling? Can be quit stressful. 

What do you bring? What's appropriate? How many shirts? How many pants? How many outfits does that make? So the question is, how do you pack enough articles of clothing to cover most occasions without bringing your entire closet? 

Look no further. My company has me traveling for various travel lengths: 3 day conferences all the way up to a week and a half, and I am never under prepared. I always have one personal bag and one checked medium bag with enough articles of clothing to cover every night and every occasion.

What I wear to the airport: Boots, Jeans, and Jacket

I always wear my boots, jeans, and jacket to the airport. This is because these are the bulkiest items of clothing that I take with me on any trip. Bulky means more room taken in the suitcase. By wearing it already, you clear space in your suitcase. And you can always wear the jeans you wore to the airport again and your boots and jacket are always reusable throughout your travel days.

What I always bring with me (including what I wear to the airport):

  • 2 Pairs of Jeans (one black, one blue- one of these pairs worn to the airport)
  • 2 Cardigans and/or 2 Sweaters
  • 1 Jacket
  • 2-3 Different Colored Tank Tops to be worn under cardigans and sweaters-Perfect for day time business casual. 
  • 2 Dress Shirts-Perfect for night time business meetings.
  • 2 Dress Paints (one black and one grey)
  • 2 Dresses (1 business, 1 party)-Perfect for business meetings and parties/events.
  • 2 Sports Bras-To be washed and air dried in hotel room.
  • 2 Workout Shorts
  • # of Undies
  • # of pairs of socks
  • 1 pair of nude heels-Can be paired with any outfit.
  • 1 pair of boots (worn to the airport)
  • 1 pair of flats
  • 1 pair of tennis shoes
  • Bag of essential makeup
    • Mascara
    • Eyebrow pencil/filler
    • Blush
    • Lip Color
    • Vaseline
    • optional: small pallet of nude eye colors; 1 blender and applicator.
  • Hair Essentials
    • Straightener/Curler Duo
    • Travel Bottles of shampoo, conditioner, hairspray and any other liquids for hair
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Laptop/Charger
How to Pack

If you are finding not everything fits, try the following tips:
  • Fold your jeans in half and roll as tightly as possible. Pack it around the edges of the suitcase.
  • For wrinkle prone items, keep them folded in the middle of the suitcase and insert a dry-clean plastic in-between each item.
  • Pack your socks by placing them inside the tennis shoes.
  • Pack tennis shoes by placing sole up on top of your clothes on the edges.

There you have it! 10+ outfits in one medium suitcase, 4 pairs of shoes to choose from, workout clothes, your makeup basics and hair solutions that will make you presentable for any occasion all in one personal item and a medium checked bag.

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