Just arrived at Logan Airport in Boston, wearing my fave travel outfit: yoga leggings and a sweater dress with wedge booties (super comf, but you don’t look like a slob in yoga pants – win!)
Travel Essentials!! Clockwise, from bottom left: Small tote, cardigan, two blouses, sweatshirt, shirt dress, trousers, pencil skirt, t-shirts, long sleeve shirt, tights, socks, headbands, shorts, jeans, sports bras, crops, tank tops, sneaks, dressy flats, casual flats, miscellaneous essentials, extra snacks and Advil.
Well, I’m successfully entrenched in my hotel room before the evening work activities begin, so here we go. My brain is a little warm and fuzzy from the celebratory beverage/altitude, so bear with me! 😀
The name of the game here is “multi-purpose” – I don’t bring anything that can’t be used in more that one way. It has to be functional, mix-and-match, comfortable and flattering; AND layer-able, because it’s warm in Colorado this time of year (low 70s) but cools down at night (high 40s). I’ll be gone for two work days and three fun days. I’m planning on running/hitting the hotel gym at least three times while I’m here. Here’s what I packed!
My Carry-on Luggage Contains:
- Two “nice” work outfits: a black pencil skirt, fitted cropped trousers – both in black for unlimited pairing options (the Minnie pants from J. Crew to be exact, also a great pair of pants that fees like you’re cheating because they are stretchy, comfy and super flattering) and two short sleeve blouses, one patterned, one solid white lacey-ish – can be mixed and matched for going out in the evening
- One solid colored cardigan – super multi-purpose
- A shirt dress (can be paired with leggings or tights, and the cardigan can layer on top)
- A zip-up sweatshirt (for casual wear, and an extra layer in case it gets really chilly)
- One pair of jeans (I always pack my favorite pair, so in that case you feel super cute and comfy at all times. My sister always harps on me with the excessive amounts of jeans I pack, and this time I’m really trying to keep my luggage paired down. I’m a little denim-obsessed – you should see the avalanche of jeans that fall on me every time I open my closet – so choosing one pair was hard. I picked a casual, not-so-distressed medium wash skinny jean)
- Three t-shirts (black, white and medium blue; good for layering and casual wear)
- One long sleeve running shirt (that is cute enough to wear in real life)
- Two pairs of shorts (one for running, one for casual wear – it’s going up to 80F on Saturday!)
- Tights/nylons – nude and black
- One pair of crops (casual wear, being comfy after work, running in cool mornings)
- Four stretchy tank tops (working out, casual wear, extra layers)
- Shoes: sneakers, casual flats and dressy flats
- Extra snacks! Instant oatmeal, extra protein bars
- Longchamp small tote bag (I use this as my purse)
- Miscellaneous: extra Advil, two sports bras, two headbands, the usual suspects for undergarments…
As I mentioned in my previous post, I always have a hard time packing (no matter how many times I do it, it always seems annoying and I’m waiting for iRobot to put out a relative of the Roomba that will do this for you, like on the Jetsons). I always end up dragging my feet and packing in a stressful huff in the eleventh hour (as I did last night). I always love it when people share their travel essentials because it gives me good ideas of how I can mix and match my wardrobe to fit my own needs. I travel frequently for work, and I generally tack on a “fun” weekend to the end of my trip. I’ve definitely improved in my packing skills to get everything I need in carry-on bags only. The most difficult part is the self-edit: “do I REALLY need three pairs of jeans/four dresses/sixteen pairs of shoes?” Oh ALSO, if you’re super observant, you may notice the miscellaneous items are packed in ziploc bags – a trait I inherited from my mom, that it totally freaks me out to think that someone (ahem, a TSA agent if I’m randomly selected for a bag search) may handle my undergarments, or my snacks may spontaneously combust during travel and stain all my clothes. Thus, I always pack “sensitive items” in ziplocs – just a weird quirk, and a life hack. That way, you’ve always got extra bags just in case! Like a girl scout, always prepared. 😉
I hope this helps you in your future travels!
From the Wild West with Love,
PS: My pre-flight breakfast was super yummy, so I thought I’d share:
Overnight oats with roasted pumpkin, blackberries, raspberries, almond butter, pepitas, coconut flakes, a ton of cinnamon and a drizzle of honey. So. Freakin’. Good. I’m going to miss having this for breakfast everyday!