I’m getting up at 3 am to spend 12 hours in a car on a trip to California. Where it’s supposed to rain the entire time and since I live in Washington, well… I’ll survive the weather, but I wish it was going to be sunny.
Either you hate packing/unpacking or you love it. I love it. I’ve done so much traveling about because of my family that if I hated packing, I’d have been screwed fifteen years ago. But I love it. I love picking out a mass quantity of clothes and accessories, then narrowing it down to what I actually need/what will actually fit. I’ve realized the older I get, the better I’m getting at this, because packing for this trip took maybe 15 minutes and the last trip I took involved a half-hour packing spree. (It took so long because I had to find creative ways to stuff as many sweaters as I could into one bag)
A lot of packing agony can be minimized if you have the right gear. For some people, this means massive suitcases on wheels, or hard case luggage. I’m personally a duffel bag person and I recently purchased one by American Tourister. [my 2014 "theme" is travel, so I thought I might as well buy myself a suitcase, instead of having to always borrow a family member's]
Then there’s the gear you put inside your suitcase. Cosmetic bags, toiletry bags, jewelry cases…
Jewelry has always been my weak point. I like to travel with it because it can easily dress up an outfit, but I’ve always been lost at how to store it without ended up with broken earrings or tangled necklaces. We had a jewelry travel case come into the shop and I immediately snatched it up. I can tell we’re going to be best friends from here on out.
Sometimes I pack a lot of makeup, sometimes I don’t. I don’t wear all that much in my day-to-day life and unless there’s some special event I’ll be attending while on a trip, I like to keep it simple.
BB cream, mascara, cream blush, daily eyeliners, and my favorite lip gloss. Extra beauty items include face wash, hair product, lotion, nail polish, and so on.
Clothing wise, I figure out what I’ll be doing on the trip and plan accordingly. For my California trip, it’s supposed to rain, I’m going to be spending lots of time in the car or walking around, and the dress code is “dressy casual.” So nice denim, a couple sweaters and tank tops to layer, and then a couple t-shirts for when I’m just bumming around. I also packed a couple different shoes- old sneakers for walking and a pair of tapestry flats for all those occasions that call for “nice” footwear. [I'd originally planned to back a dress and heels "just in case," but was assured we wouldn't be going anywhere that required that degree of dressing up]
Last but not least, I am going to California for a baby shower, so I can’t forget to pack the most important thing of all: The Gift.
See you guys in a week. I’ll come back armed with photographs, videos, and stories, of course.