Work Travel Capsule For Summer

(This is a photo heavy post.)

June 22, 2017

If you’re following me on Instagram then you already know that I recently went on a 5 day, 4 night trip by plane for work.  As a seasoned traveler I rarely use more than 1 checked bag for a business trip, even when it requires multiple outfit changes throughout the day.  Here’s what I packed for 4 days of meetings require a business professional dress code (bring on the suits) and outfits for squeezing in a little sightseeing in between meetings (bring on the jeans!)  I’ll discuss how I put together my work travel capsule.

Keep on reading

Packing For A Beach Getaway—Part Two

(This is a photo heavy post).

May 11, 2017

beach florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

In my last post I talked about what I packed in my checked bag for a beach vacation.  In this post I’ll show you what I wore on the plane, what went inside my carry-on bag, and what my pre-planned outfits were for this trip.

Since I naturally run cold and I was traveling between 50F and 80F weather my travel outfit was all about layers.

Keep on reading

Packing For A Beach Getaway—Part One

(This is a photo heavy post.)

May 8, 2017


Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

Spring Break, Easter Break, Memorial Day, Summer Vacations, Fourth of July, and more, the traveling season in the US is already here.  Before I could enjoy the view above, first I had pack what I wanted to bring.  Here is what I packed for a 5-day, 4-night beach getaway (Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA) by plane using 1 checked bag and 1 carry-on bag.

Keep on reading

Packing For A Long Weekend

February 5, 2015

Wore on the plane.

Wore on the plane.

I’ve been traveling again, this time for a long weekend to a warmer state.  This trip was by plane, 4 days, 3 nights.  I selected a color palette of: Black, Blue, Grey and White.  By keeping the color palette mostly neutrals, I can mix and match easily if needed.  In this post I’ll show you what I wore and what I packed.

Keep on reading

Just One Little Souvenir (Week 44)

September 7, 2014


That's a lot of souvenirs!

That’s a lot of souvenirs for ONE carry-on bag.

One of the events that sparks me to shop is—traveling.  One of the many joys of traveling is getting to shop at places I can’t find at home.  And I’ve always made it a point to do just that while on vacation. Unfortunately, as with most shopping habits, a little isn’t bad, but a lot can quickly wreck havoc when one is trying to decrease the number of possessions.

On a recent holiday I traveled to 9 states in 8 days with only 1 carry-on bag. Even though I did not purchase one item for each state I visited I still managed to pick up the same number of items as the number of states traveled, nine!  And that was with the limitation of knowing I had only one carry-on bag for the return flight.

It can be helpful to reflect on the reasons why for a purchase, donation or return, so here we go:

Keep on reading

Packing for a Holiday by Car

August 28, 2014

Everything went into this bag.

Everything went into this carry-on bag.

The summer season will soon be over, but not before I squeezed in one more holiday.  I’ve previously packed for both a shorter trip by car and a longer trip by air.  This time I packed for a long trip that was half car (on the way there) and half air (to return home).  Before I detail what I packed, you need to know a few facts about this trip.

Keep on reading

Five Favorite Tips for Packing

May 13, 2014

I don't leave home without these.

I don’t travel without these in my bag.

It’s the start of travel season in the US and I recently discussed what I packed for both a longer and a shorter holiday.  These are a few packing tips I’ve gathered over time, focusing on plane travel, when one wants to pack as little as possible due to checked luggage fees.  And for even more great packing tips, check out Debbie’s tips over at Recovering Shopaholic!

Now onto my 5 favorite tips for when I pack:

Keep on reading

Packing for a Shorter Trip (Week 27)

May 11, 2014

Outfit for the car ride.

My outfit for the car ride.

In this post, I talked about packing for a long trip to a beachy location (St. Lucia) by airplane.  I picked up a number of purchases for that trip discussed here.  The travel bug has bitten and I also had a short trip recently (Atlantic City, NJ), with different weather.  Here is what I packed for a recent 3 day, two night trip by car, in mild weather (60F daytime, 50F evenings).  Activities included lots of walking during the day and dinner, paired with a movie or a show at night.

What I wore for the car ride (photo above):

Day one: 5 items for arrival (jacket, sweater, tank top, jeans, and boots)

Since we were traveling by car, DH and I shared one large suitcase. It’s the same large suitcase from this post.

This is what I packed and the outfits are discussed:

Keep on reading

Packing for a Longer Trip (Week 26)

May 4, 2014

One checked bag, one carry-on bag.

One checked bag and one carry-on bag.

In this post, I talked about shopping for an upcoming trip to a warm location (86F day, 77F night).  Here is what I packed for an 8 day, 7 night trip by plane.  Activities included: beach time, outdoor hikes, biking, horseback riding, casual strolls, and a resort dress code for dinner.  DH and I had his and her checked bags, one for each of us, and one carry-on bag for each of us that could fit under the seat in front of us if the overhead bins are full by the time we board.

In recent trips, I have not had much luck with my carry-on bag when it is large enough that I can only fit it in the overhead compartment.  By the time I board the plane, I am always one of the people having to gate check my bag because the bins are already full.  So now I avoid bringing a larger carry-on bag that will only fit in the overhead compartment.  The blue bag has been my carry-on bag for the past 5 years.  It can hold a LOT of items, and fits in the overhead bin or the seat in front of me.  It also has wheels, which gives my shoulder a much needed break when trekking from one end of an airport to another.

What I packed and what was inside the suitcase (the bags photo at the top of the post):

Keep on reading