Thursday, May 21, 2009

To Fill a Suitcase

I try to pack things that can be mixed/matched. I begin by selecting a key color and work from there. On my trip to Niagara Falls, I went with yellow. Even though I didn't know where I was going, Steve hinted that we'd be walking a lot and that it might rain. So I did my best to prepare accordingly.

Once I've established a color, I go to the basics. I never travel without a jean jacket. I packed 2 pairs of skinny jeans. One pair I wear cuffed with flats, the other I tuck into my boots.

It's hard to pack not knowing how the weather will go, so layering is vital. I packed a couple of tank tops and a few t-shirts, both short and long sleeve, as well as a few light weight sweaters. In addition to my 2 pairs of jeans, I brought casual, light-weight capri's and walking shorts. Figuring it might rain, I also threw in my yellow trench coat.

I try not to pack many accessories. I love hats and always bring at least one. Who wants to deal with hair while on vacation? Not me, obviously. One scarf/pashmina does multi-duty. One necklace and typically my diamond stud earrings is all I bring for jewelry on a casual trip. I might remember to pack a watch.

I made the mistake of not packing hike-friendly shoes. I had 2 pairs of little tennies, but they weren't as comfortable as I expected, so I was glad I had my boots for back-up. Truly, my flat, brown, slouchy boots are likely the best footwear purchase I've ever made. I don't know what I ever did without them.

I'll be packing up again tonight for my journey to Lake Superior. The adventure begins tomorrow. No matter what, I always feel a tad under-prepared. Laundry. Must do laundry.

What am I missing? How do you decide what goes in your suitcase? Is there a fool-proof formula I'm not aware of?

Jean Jacket: Gap, thrifted
Sweater: H&M
Walking Shorts: Express
Boots: DSW
Purse: Avon

Hat: H&M
Scarf: Walmart, $5
Coat: Target
Jeans: Forever 21, $15
Tennies: Deb


Girly Muse said...

I'm with you on the jean jacket! It's an absolute must.

I'm not happy with my summer hats, will have to put that on my shopping list for traveling. :)

Always pack a swimsuit, no matter what. This is what I always forget, so I have a bunch of tacky ones.

I like to throw in a cute dress too, that goes either casual or dressy...

Jilliebeanie said...

Oh yes. Can't forget a swimsuit!

And I know just the dress I'll pack...just in case there's a reason to be a bit fancy.

Thanks, Lori. :)