Well by this time, I’m in New York. My brother took today off, so we’re taking full advantage of our time. BUT I promised you a packing post last week, and I wanted to make good. I’ll be up front: I love packing. For someone who didn’t really take real vacations as a child (teacher conventions were high fun growing up), travel is still something that makes me so excited. I love being in airports. I love planning my outfits. I also really take pride in packing light. A. It’s fun to shock people. B. It helps me relax. C. It isn’t so painful to lug my stuff around. The only time I’ve packed in a regular sized suitcase was when I took a three-week business trip to L.A. And, of course, my luggage was lost and returned to me damaged. Therefore, I try to always pack so that I don’t have to check a bag. Here’s how I do it:
First: Plan. Know what you want to bring and take items that pack well. Here I have three dresses, one pair of jeans, four pairs of slacks, and five tops. All are easy to roll, and rolling also helps prevent wrinkles (especially if you’re packing linen, which is one of my favorites for summer travel).
Then you begin rolling the bag up. The bottom of the bag has a special chamber where air is released as you roll. Sometimes it helps to kneel on the bag to get extra air out. I know it sounds odd, but it works really well for me.
My bag has this great bottom compartment. It stays separate from the top part, and it’s perfect for shoes. Here I have three pairs of shoes (usually I never bring this many), a curling iron, brush, and a cosmetic bag with all my chargers.
I always bring an extra bag. This one is specifically for the Javitz floor. They hand out totes, but I prefer to carry my own. Plus, it’s nice enough that I can stash a pair of heels and a sweater if I need it during the day.
There’s the liquid pouch again! I am really specific about my shoulder bag when I fly. I want those liquids easy to reach, so there’s less hassle. This stash includes my liquids, my Nook Color (under the notebooks), notebooks, business cards (in the white box), pen, camera, umbrella in a zippered pouch. The purple pouch has meds in it, including bandaids. The colorful pouch has hair ties, bobby pins, Colgate disposable toothbrushes, mints, and clips. The pink Coach purse is what I use for my money (and lip gloss). 🙂 All of this goes into the gold handbag.
So those are my packing tips! Though I’m pretty proud of them, I’m always open to suggestions. What are your packing rules? Do you have any in your box of magic tricks? Feel free to share with the class. 😉