Greetings from Minnesota! Yesterday I made my way from SJC-PHX-MSP. It was quite the day of travel, but I’m glad to be back home – I can’t believe its been 7 months already!
While packing for this trip, however, I had quite the challenge. I’m spending 8 days of ‘play’ in Minnesota (and I get to hang out with the lovely Mellissa, Alexa and Anne), but then I have to actually go into the office of the company I’m working for this summer while in Chicago. So I I had to figure out how to fit three weeks worth of play & work clothes into a small carry-on, because I’m too cheap to pay to check my bag.
To begin the process, I started with some delicious self-serve Pomegranate Raspberry Sorbet + toppings (gummies, sour gummies, strawberries, mango, mocchi) from Swirl.
It was just what the packing doctor ordered. And if you’re ever in SC, I highly recommend it. Delish.
Then, then I used Tetris status (that’s for you, B), and planned out fun/serious outfits to make it all fit. Here’s what made it into the suitcase:
Two “practical” tanks, and two fun summer tops, 5 “dressy” t-shirts of different shapes, sizes and colors, three cardigans, and my new favorite shirt (more for fun than work):
Two dresses, three pairs of shorts, jeans and jean capris.
My 3 pairs of heels (yes, 3 pairs) and belts.
Not pictured? Two pairs of dressy flats, my running shoes and clothes (can’t go without), belts, jewelry, toiletries, a straightener, undergarments (duh!), and 3 swimsuits – you never know what the occasion is going to call for
I’m also wearing a pair of skinny jeans, another t-shirt and a cardigan and a pair of flats.
So, I’m pretty sure I have enough potential outfits to allow me to wear something “different” almost everyday, all out of a carry-on. Now that is what I call talent. Tetris status.
How did I do it? Well, I did have one trick up my many sleeves. Since I’m staying with friends/family, I packed the minimum toiletries: so no shampoo/conditioner, lotion, face wash or toothpaste. I’m just going to use what they have and/or buy travel size if I need it. So what do I have to say for myself?
Take that airlines who try to charge me too much money for a checked bag (and then gate checked it for me anyways since the flights were too full – if only I could’ve brought full sized shampoos in my carry-on….).
How do you pack for vacations (of any length)? Do you fit it all in a carry-on? Or do you usually end up giving in to the airlines?