I am a SAHM to three little boys 6 and under and I have a husband who works long hours. The biggest difficulty of my life is adjusting to the monotony of it all–we do the same things day in and day out and that can definitely get boring. One of the many reasons I love my job in direct sales is because it offers me the opportunity to travel–I have multiple trips coming up this summer that I am looking forward to immensely! But the question is–what is the best approach to packing?
Make a list
First thing I do when I have to pack is look at the weather where I am going. Even if it’s not far, I have found it can be drastically different! On my next trip, I am heading to Phoenix, Arizona for the most amazing direct sellers convention ever, SassyCon. Phoenix in June? Hot hot hot.
Once I know the weather, I make a list of events I will need to be dressed for. For this trip, I will be gone four days. I need two travel outfits (one going, one returning). Thankfully I get in early enough on Thursday to enjoy some friend time, but knowing me I will want to refresh myself and change after traveling across the country. That’s another outfit. Friday and Saturday will be spent in an air conditioned hotel conference room for the most part. Layers! Friday night I don’t have plans, but I’m thinking I can repurpose one of my travel outfits for hanging at the hotel and catching up with people.
Saturday night is the Socialite Prom–probably the event I am most excited about! Dress is code is whatever we want. I am probably bringing a gorgeous flowy Diane von Furstenburg dress I got for a wedding two years ago and rarely get to wear. If I had a prayer in hell of getting into an old dance dress, I definitely would–but that ship has sailed. Probably in Figi by now.
Having all of my events written down helps me figure out exactly what I need–then I can just go into my closet and fill it in!
Don’t forget to make a short list of essentials as well–underwear, socks if need be, bras, pajamas, etc. I also like to make a list of toiletries I need so I don’t forget. The last time I traveled, I forgot toothpaste and my deodorant! Yes, you can usually buy at your destination but that gets pricy.
Choosing the clothes
I generally pick a color palette so I can reduce the number of shoes and purses I need. I like to choose two neutrals as the base (which is usually what the shoes reflect) and then a pop of color or two. Most of my wardrobe is built on this idea anyway (I love a good capsule) so it’s fairly easy for me to pack. I like to use black and white as my neutrals (and denim if I’m packing pants) and throw in some pink and red. I usually wear comfy shoes to travel and then pack a few that coordinate with my outfits. I’m definitely not what you’d call a light packer but I am organized!
For Phoenix, I’m going with flat espadrilles for travel, flip flops for casual wear, and two pairs of nice heels or flats (depending on the exact outfits I choose) for the conference. I love wearing heels and I rarely get to, so they might be the final choice. I am what you might call a shoe addict…
Picking a suitcase
This may seem like a no brainer, but bear with me! I usually try to travel with carry ons (because who actually enjoys baggage claim??) and once I have gone through my list stage and outfit pulling, I can see whether that will work or not. In my case, for Phoenix I definitely need a regular sized checked bag. I am excited to pack lots of pretties AND I am bringing some gently used work clothes as my “ticket” to prom–we are donating to Dress for Success and I decided such a great cause was worthy of finally parting with my office wardrobe.
Pack a carryon
This is usually my final step because it contains a lot of the stuff I use regularly. I always put my jewelry in my carry on just in case–I have had too many bags go missing! Chargers (in case my flight is delayed), electronics, and my purse with wallet all go in as well. For slightly longer flights like this one, I also like to include a Ziploc with some Purell, face wash, and mints so I can refresh myself after hours in the air. I usually also carry Advil and band aids, just in case!
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