PS In case you’re wondering… Mark your calendars for a meet in greet in Boston on October 25 and another in Atlanta on November 7th! More details to follow! (I’m going to be in Charleston the 17-19th and not planning anything official, but…. if enough people email me about it, I’ll make something happen!)
I have a bunch of quick trips lined up over the next few weeks. I love seeing new places and meeting new people; I do not love packing. Really, it’s not my thing. I wish Floo powder existed not to cut down on travel time (although that would be nice), but only so I could have access to my closet during a trip– I’d pop in every morning to pick out my outfit and then head back to wherever!
Short trips are even harder as I try to keep my packing to a minimum. Small bag, pieces I can mix and match, and sacrifices on hair/makeup. I have a whole lot of little bags that help out with staying organized while traveling light.
Tote with Long Handles // I love my Longchamp and also Lo & Sons bag for carrying all of my personal belongings as well as work related things. My motto is “ABC” when traveling which stands for Always Bring Computer. Typically, in this bag, I will break down the contents of my handbag so that I have my wallet, headphones, chapstick, keys, etc. with me. I’ll throw in whatever notebook is most important, extra pens, a book (I always bring a book, too), and my laptop. PLUS, any essential cords and chargers.
Weekender // There are so many great weekender bags out there right now. This faux leather bag and a monogrammed canvas bag top my list of favorites. These bags really aren’t too big, but they fit just enough for about two days of travel, three if you pack extra efficiently. Sometimes I wish I could just put together a big suitcase with ten options of shoes and a second outfit change for every day… but the small bag really helps me stay focused on the essentials! (If you do need more room, you can’t go wrong with a classic Vera Bradley Duffel.)
Cosmetic Bags // I allow myself two cosmetic bags for a short trip. One for makeup and lotion and one for jewelry/accessories. This bow one is too cute! I plan out my jewelry like I plan my outfits so I don’t have extra weight and I don’t bring all the makeup I use, just the bare necessities. (For example, I won’t bring a whole eye shadow palette, but I’ll swap out my normal bronzer for a shimmer brick so I can use that for eyeshadow if I want.)
Do you have any great tips for traveling light?!
I’m off to DC today. I’ve been trying to push aside my ever-growing wanderlust, but it’s not going away anytime soon I think! While my trip to DC will be very much welcomed, it’s going to be quick. As in working on the train down in the afternoon and then working on the train again first thing in the morning. (I spent all of my senior year spending every second possible in the city, and now here I am missing the District!)
Quick trips are the hardest to pack for. You can’t really justify bringing a large bag. And, no matter how many days you’re gone for, there’s always a “fixed” amount of things you need. (As in, even if you’re spending a week away or just one night, you’ll need all your toiletries and pajamas and at least two outfits (right?), plus like… two pairs of shoes. Minimum. Okay, so maybe that’s just me….
Finding the right bag is key. I’m the kind of person who needs restrictive space, because otherwise I overpack ridiculously. It’s bad. Plus, I like to keep my bag with me (as opposed to checking it if I’m on a flight) and so I have to be able to carry it easily. Throwing a strap over my shoulder is the best.
Oh, and nine times out of ten, I have my laptop with me. ABC = Always Bring Computer.
I rounded up ten of the cutest and most versatile bags out there. Feel free to add your favorites in a comment!
What are your quick trip packing tips? What’s your go-to weekender bag?