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What I’m Packing / Los Cabos

What I'm Packing / Los Cabos After being so crazy burnt out from work the last few months, I'm super excited to be headed to Cabo San Lucas with a gal pal for a nice long weekend this week.  I can really use a full weekend of relaxing, lots of reading, and of course skinny margaritas!
Here's some of the stuff I'll be packing to take with me.  Besides a fully loaded Kindle, I usually like to travel with only a carry on so all my clothes need to do double duty.  One of my favorite tips for a beach destination is to take a button down blouse with me to wear both as a cover up, as well as with jeans our to dinner.
What do you always take on a beach vacation?
What I'm Packing / Los Cabos MELISSA ODABASH Panama Hat // Aviators//  Leopard Blouse // RIVER ISLAND Mesh Insert Tunic Dress // TARGET MOSSIMO Black Bandeau top and Bikini Bottoms // TARGET MOSSIMO Zebra Bandeau top and Bikini Bottoms // DV by DOLCE VITA Archer Sandal // MANGO Denim Shorts // BAGGU Neon Backpack // AMAZON Kindle

Iceland Packing Inspiration / Winter Layers

I can't believe I leave for Iceland tomorrow evening!  This trip really snuck up on me.  I'm packing today, and any time I pack it involves a lot of prior research and planning.  I exclusively travel with only a carry on, and since this is a five day trip in a very cold locale, I want to be sure I'm well prepared. I spent a lot of time over the weekend pinning a few outfit inspirations of winter layers to help me figure out the best items to pack.  Here's some of my favorites.
I know know for sure that some items I'll be bringing with me is my faux fur lined parka, chambray shirt, some of my flannel shirts, one or two lightweight sweaters, and maybe a vest or faux leather jacket.  That way I can easily stay warm without taking up a ton of room in my carry-on. Oh yeah, don't worry I won't be forgetting a bikini.  Our first stop is the Blue Lagoon.  Yay, spa day!

How To / Pack for a Trip

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I packed for my entire 4 day trip to Boston in this small overnight bag.

Having traveled so much on business, I've created a pretty fool-proof method for packing, and this is how I do it. First, make a quick chart of all the days you'll be away. I usually divide mine up so I have a box for day time, and evening. From there, fill it out with the activity you plan on doing during that time on that day. Reason I divide it up day/evening is because usually if you’re going out in the evening, it requires you to be a bit more dressed up than what you’d wear during the day, though this may not apply to you. Here was my general itinerary for my vacation to Boston.
  Wed Thurs Fri Sat
Day Travel to Boston Freedom Trail- Explore City Museum of Fine Art Fenway Tour
Evening Dinner/Drinks Dinner/Drinks Dinner/Drinks Travel to NY
Bonus Outfit: Pool
After you figure out what you’ll be doing, then start to fill out another similar grid, making outfits from items you have. The goal is to be creative, and use the items multiple ways just changing things up via accessories. Here's what I came up with for my trip.
Wed Thurs Fri Sat
Day White Blouse, Denim Shorts, Neon Sandals, Army Jacket, Red, White and Blue Bandana, White Fedora, B&W Colorblock Tote Black Maxi Dress, Neon Sandals, Army Jacket, White Fedora, B&W Colorblock Tote, Tribal Maxi, Skinny Belt, Neon Sandals, Army Jacket, White Fedora, B&W Colorblock Tote Tee or Tank, Neon Sandals, Army Jacket, White Fedora, B&W Colorblock Tote,
Evening White Blouse, Jeans, Neon Blazer- if it's chilly, Black Zara Heels, Wallet Black Maxi Dress, Neon Blazer- if it's chilly, Zara Heels, Wallet, Leopard Blouse, Neon Blazer- if it's chilly, Jeans, Zara Heels, Wallet
Same as day.
Pool Outfit: Black Bikini, Leopard Blouse (as cover-up), Neon Sandals
    A few quick tips:
  • Wear bulkier items, like jeans, boots, scarves, jackets, hats etc so they don’t take up room in your suitcase.
  • Bring only footwear suited to what you’ll be doing, and make it work with everything you’re wearing. I’ll usually do one pair of hybrid casual/dressy heels (wedges are great for this), one pair of flats (like sandals, loafers or chucks), and my workout sneakers for when I hit up the hotel gym. If I’m going to a wedding or a more formal event, I’ll pack appropriate heels for that but only if necessary. Same goes for business trips, if I’m on a business trip I’ll go for pumps and not wedges.
  • When given a choice, I always pack the dressier version on items I may have multiples of at home. For example, I’ll choose my black jeans over blue. That way they work for casual daytime activities, but are also dressy enough I can wear them someplace fancy in the evening if need be.
  • Include handbags and accessories in your outfit ideas. This makes it easier to create different outfits using the same items you already know you’re bringing.
  • Keep your main clothing items, like tees, pants, shorts etc. neutral (black, gray, white, beige, etc) and add color with jackets, scarves and accessories. That way everything matches. Try to keep a consistent color theme with what you pack. In my Boston trip example, my colors are black and white as my basics, and I accent it with gray, neon yellow, leopard, B&W stripes, hot pink and metallics.
  • Don’t be afraid to wear the same thing multiple times. It’s super easy nowadays to wash and air dry certain items in the bathroom sink. Jersey is great for this. Plus things like jeans can be worn multiple times before washing anyway.
After your grid is filled out, then it’s easy to just list all the items you used to put your outfits together. Looking at all these items, I can think of another 4-5 outfits easy I can make out of these, so I at least have other options should I not want to wear exactly what I charted out above.

Clothing

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  • White Blouse- worn on the trip there
  • Denim Shorts- worn on the trip there
  • Neon Sandals- worn on the trip there
  • Red, White and Blue Bandana- worn on the trip there
  • White Fedora
  • Jeans
  • Black Zara Heels
  • Black Maxi Dress
  • Tribal Maxi Dress
  • Skinny Belt
  • Striped Tank
  • Black/White Tanks
  • Army Jacket
  • Neon Blazer
  • Black Bathing Suit
  • Leopard Blouse
  • Socks
  • Bras & Underwear (7 pair)
  • PJ's

Toiletries

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  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Curl Cream/Gel
  • Razor
  • Shaving Lotion
  • Shower Cap
  • Hair Towel
  • Face Wash
  • Medications
  • Hair Clips
  • Bobby Pins
  • Headbands
  • Blow dryer and attachments
  • Straightening Iron
  • Comb
  • Deodorant
  • Makeup Bag
Another great time saver that I do for toiletries is a keep a quart size (TSA Approved) toiletry bag packed at all times.  That way if I need to hit the road quick, I don't have to worry if I forgot my shampoo.  It includes travel sizes of all my usual products, sample sizes of medication creams, an extra razor and shower cap.  When I return home from a trip, I refill everything so it's ready to go next trip.

Carry On

  • iPhone and Charger
  • Headphones
  • iPad and Charger
  • Camera and Charger
  • Wallet
  • ID
  • Sunglasses
  • Tissues
  • Snacks
  • Water Bottle
All in all, using the process above I was able to easily figure out 7 outfits plus alternate options using only 17 items (most of which are smaller accessories that take up no suitcase room and many of which I’m wearing on the travel to and from my destination). The only other items you really need to add from there are PJ’s, toiletries, under-things and workout gear. Here's a few more tips to make packing a breeze:
  • Keep a standard list of everything I you need as far as toiletries, basic clothing needs (under-things, PJ’s, workout clothes), necessary electronics (iPhone/charger) and documentation (wallet, ID, keys, etc).  I keep mine in Evernote so each time I need to pack, all those items are already on the list for me. Then all I have to do is figure out my clothing for whatever activities I’m doing and I’m good to go. The less I have to think about, the better. I even include on this list a section for pet needs if the pets are coming with me, because it’s easier to delete that if it doesn’t pertain to my trip, instead of last-minute needing to remember what I should bring for them.
  • When finally packing your bag, always remember to roll your clothes, never fold them!  Rolling clothes helps prevent wrinkles, plus you can fit way more stuff in your bag than with standard folding.
  • Also, always remember to leave a little extra room in your bag.   You know, just in case you go shopping.
This system took me years to perfect, and it works super well for me. Stay tuned for additional posts of my Boston trip so you can see how I put these items together for the outfits I wore on the trip.  You can also see a few photos I posted of them to Instagram, my handle is @BrooklynBliss. Since I'm always looking to be even more efficient at everything I do (bad habit), I'd love to hear your tips! Please comment and share them. How do you pack?

Packing

Sooooo I've got to pack. I've got two trips lined up between tomorrow and Thursday of next week. Tomorrow morning through Sunday evening I'll be heading to Philadelphia to visit my hubby's family, and then early Monday morning I fly out to get this.... Idaho. I know random but true. It's easy to pack for an overnight trip. Just throw whatever comes to mind in your bag and if you forget something, no biggie being you'll be home the next day. The Idaho trip for me is a bit more complicated though. It's technically a business trip and I'll be required to not only attend meetings, but...
  • Golf- which I've never done before
  • Fish- which I have mixed feelings about being vegan and all
  • Go out for Dinner- which we all know I have no problems with eating, though I do worry being a vegan dining in Idaho may be challenging.
I also have to fit everything in my tiny "work" carry-on for the plane. I hate checking bags I just don't have the patience to sit and wait for my bag when I arrive at the destination. Plus why not travel light if you can, right? Over the years I've developed a pretty decent organizational system when it comes to planning on what to bring on a trip. It all starts with me first figuring out the itinerary for the trip, and what sort of attire will be needed for each activity. Then I plan an outfit for each activity and try to use the same items multiple times to create different looks and uses, thus limiting the amount of crap I have to pack. Being I've already had an action packed week at work this week, I already compiled my outfit list. Here's what I came up with: PLANNED OUTFITS: Day One: Travel/ Headquarters Tour/ Meeting/ Travel to Resort and Dinner All Day:
  • Jeggings
  • Coral Tunic Shirt
  • Bronze Disc Earrings
  • Clogs
  • Zebra Tote Bag
  • Big Sunglasses
  • Straw Fedora (may or may not actually wear it, might just carry it)
Day Two: Meetings, Golf & Evening Dinner Morning Meeting & Golf:
  • White Short-Sleeved Button Down or Golf Shirt
  • Black Bermuda Shorts
  • Black/Tan Flip Flops
  • New Golf Shoes
  • New Golf Glove
  • Straw Fedora Hat
  • Aviators
  • Scarf
  • White Purse
Dinner:
  • Gray Sweater Dress
  • Bronze Disc Earrings
  • Brown Belt
  • Denim Jacket
  • Clogs
  • White Purse
Day Three: Fishing & Evening Dinner Fishing:
  • Black Bermuda Shorts
  • Plain White V Neck Tee
  • Denim Jacket
  • Zebra Belt
  • Straw Fedora
  • Aviators
  • Black/Tan Flip Flops
Dinner:
  • Black Bermuda Shorts
  • White Short Sleeve Button Down
  • Zebra Belt
  • Clogs
  • White Purse
Day Four: Travel Home All Day:
  • White Short Sleve Button Down
  • Brown Belt
  • Jeggings
  • Big Sunglasses
  • Clogs
  • Disc Earrings
  • Zebra Tote Bag
Now from there, it's easy to go ahead and make your packing list. I'm totally OCD and like to account for everything I bring with me, so I'll usually divide up my list and include what I'm wearing that day seperately, along with whatever I pack in each bag (carry-on and tote bag). I also keep all of my lists digitally on my iPhone, so what I'll usually do while packing is mark the items with an asterix when it goes in the suitcase. Then when my trip is over and I'm on my way home, when the items go back in the suitcase I remove the asterix. That way everything I accounted for on the way there is back in the suitcase and nothing gets left at the hotel by accident. Here's my packing list I came up with using the above outfit ideas as a guideline. PACKING LIST: Wearing Travel Day One:
  • Jeggings
  • Coral Tunic
  • Underwear
  • White Bra
  • Bronze Disc Earrings
  • Clogs
  • Straw Fedora
In Zebra Tote Bag:
  • Wallet
  • Travel Info Folder
  • Notebook (for my meetings)
  • Pens
  • Cell Phone/Charger/Headphones
  • Big Sunglasses
  • Book/Magazines
  • Travel Pillow
  • Gray Cardigan (in case it's cold on the plane)
  • Empty Water Bottle (fill it once you pass security)
  • Packed Lunch- being vegan they never have anything for me to eat and this is a long flight.
Suitcase:
  • White Roll Up Button Down
  • Black Bermuda Shorts
  • New Golf Shoes
  • New Golf Glove
  • Aviators
  • Scarf
  • White Purse
  • Gray Sweater Dress
  • Brown Belt
  • Denim Jacket
  • Plain White V Neck Tee
  • Zebra Belt
  • Black/Tan Flip Flops
  • Golf Shirt- though I probably will just wear the button down, I hate polo shirts
  • Brown Belt
  • 5 pairs underwear
  • Black/Strapless Bras
  • 3 pairs socks
  • PJ’s
  • Toiletry Bag
  • Hair Towel
  • Round Brush
  • Straightening Iron
  • Makeup Bag
So that's my system. It works for me. I'm gonna try to post while on my trip being I'd love to be able to record visually how everything comes together, so we'll see how it goes.


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