First, why has nobody told me about using compression cubes??? You guys?? Here I am getting all concerned about what I’m going to bring, and packing light, and I didn’t HAVE to!!! No, just kidding, but seriously, these things just changed my life. Yes, for five days, I know I’m bringing too much, but I wanted a wild card outfit in there (leggings/tunic top) and a few extra tops just because, and honestly, I was really freaking out about what to bring. Yes. Still.
Nearly everything fit in the larger cube and then I was able to compress it down to about half its size. BRILLIANT. I put my underwear and tanks/camis in the smaller one, and still had room to spare…
The gold bag is my makeup bag. That’s for a separate post!
Now..details on what I’m taking with me.
Again, we’re driving to Austin Wednesday morning for Leo’s meeting and spending the night to hang out with friends and flying out to San Francisco Thursday afternoon. We’re flying back to Austin on Sunday evening and driving back up to Dallas the same night. So, I had to consider a lot of things while choosing what to pack. Lots of driving & flying, sitting, etc., so I had to really decide what I wanted to wear for that much travel time. And normally, I wouldn’t take my harem pants in such a situation, because I can’t cross my legs in them, so I don’t like to wear them for a lot of sitting, but I wanted to bring them anyway. I can wear them comfortably on Friday in the city because we’ll be walking all the time.
Oh, and I’m only bringing one pair of shoes, my Vince sneakers (the suede and perforated leather versions are 20% off at Otte right now if you’re lucky enough to find your size – use code SPRING20 and size down 1/2 size).
Madewell long white button front shirt
James Perse fog double v long sleeve tee
James Perse white casual tee
Splendid scoop neck tee (wearing Wednesday)
James Perse boxy long sleeve tee
James Perse gray sweatshirt
James Perse white scoop back 3/4 sleeve tee
Everlane gray Cashmere sweater (wearing Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday)
James Perse white slub button-front shirt
James Perse long white tank top
Splendid white long cami
5 pairs of underwear
Old Navy leggings, SoLow striped workout cami, Beyond Yoga tee (these three things are not going to SF, they’re for the Pure Barre class I’m taking in Austin on Thursday AM. They’ll stay in the car at the airport)
Saturday: The Wine Train to Napa
James Perse pants
James Perse White slub button-front shirt
My Travel Tote
In my carry-on tote (which is MZ Wallace, by the way, and AMAZING):
Laptop (15″ macbook pro)
Baggu & CdG Pouches for random things (snacks, chargers, etc)
iPad & Kindle in the same case
Jerome Dreyfuss Mini Twee bag (which I’ll carry separately except for boarding the plane)
In the case when I travel with my husband, we can usually use his miles for upgrades, so I don’t have to be concerned about my luggage getting gate-checked like it was on the way back from Atlanta last time I went. But I wanted to find a tote that was big enough and comfortable enough to carry with my laptop inside for times when I do travel by myself. And honestly, even though my laptop will fit nicely in my suitcase this time (because of those compression cubes!!!), I think I’ll leave it in my tote anyway, just so it’s easier to get to.
And no, I didn’t fall and hit my head or anything. And I’ve never given MZ Wallace bags much of a look before, but this one just SCREAMED at me while I was walking through Nordstrom the other day and I was powerless to resist. And I’d just sold a bag, so I was feeling like I could get a nice travel tote for this trip. So far, I love it. I haven’t carried it yet, but I like to look at it; it makes me smile, and I need more things like that. Don’t we all??
Tomorrow from San Francisco!!!