packing

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:

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Packing for a Shorter Trip (Week 27)

May 11, 2014

Outfit for the car ride.

My outfit for the car.

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 nighttime).  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:

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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):

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Vacation Shopping (Week 24)

(I started The DH Closet Challenge in November of 2013 therefore I’ll be catching up on my progress to date in a series of posts. This my last catch up post, yay!)

April 20, 2014

Six new items for vacation.

6 new items for vacation.

Reflections for Week 24 (6 months!)

I am halfway through The DH Closet Challenge!  When I started this challenge neither DH nor myself thought I would get through the first month, let alone still be chugging along with the challenge 6 months later!

It is very difficult for me to stop shopping once I unleash the shopping demon.  But an upcoming trip to an island has sparked the need to shop.  DH and I have not taken a beach related vacation for some time, and the resort has dress codes for evening.  I started out trying to shop the ’boutique’ but came up empty handed.  I have plenty of clothes in the “boutique,” but none of the right clothes for this trip.

However, I do not want to add a beach vacation capsule to the “boutique,” or my working closet.  And while I was shopping I had to repeatedly remind myself of my end goal—a small wardrobe of items I wear often and enjoy.  With this in mind, when I shopped for our upcoming trip I created a stipulation that all potential new items (except for shorts) had to meet.

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