Some things I hope I don't forget:
- SLR Camera
- Phone Charger
- adding music to my phone
- To eat healthy when I can
- To have a good time and learn new things
I am insanely good at packing, whether it's for a weekend trip, a month trip, or a week-long trip. I am good at it, I remember the details, and it doesn't stress me out. However, I absolutely DESPISE unpacking. I'll share some of my secret tips with y'all in a hot minute. I packed a total of one duffel bag (carryon size), one tote bag, and my purse. Well, technically I also have my camera bag, but that doesn't count. I have at least eight different outfits, a denim shirt that will suffice as a layer when I get chilly, two bathing suits, seven pairs of shoes (three flat sandals in silver/brown/black, Rainbows, Toms, tennis shoes, and wedges), two summer scarves (for layers and/or hair turbans), three belts, flat iron, jewelry box, pajamas, and undergarments. While, I didn't pack lightly persé, I did pack compactly. I am very proud of the final product.
|Hello, my name is Laura and I am addicted to Vera Bradley|
- Put all your shoes on the bottom
- Take advantage of shoe space, place socks, belts, scarves or other small items in there
- Once shoes are all organized on the bottom, add any other heavy/bulky items such as flat irons, blow dryers, purses, jewelry boxes, etc. Other than shoes I included my flat iron and jewelry box on the bottom of my duffel.
|Notice how I rolled up scarves & socks and put them inside my toms in the right hand corner-- Space Saver!|
- Roll up all of your bottoms, non-delicate dresses, and non-delicate tops. By rolling you not only save space, but you also prevent wrinkling
- Lay out any denim first (above the shoe layer)
- Make sure you separate your clothes into bottoms, tops, etc.
- I like to reserve items that I want easy access to for the end (pajamas, undergarments, toiletries)
- Start stacking your rolls of clothing making sure to keep it organized (bottoms, tops, etc.)
- If you have any delicate clothing items that cannot be rolled make sure you give it a soft fold and place it on the very top
- Add your easy access items like undergarments or pajamas to the corners (or a side pouch in my case)
|Everything that went inside of my duffel (except toiletries & makeup bag)|
|The duffle all filled up with easy access items in the corner & side bag (Can you spy them?)|
|Just enough space in there for my snacks!|
Have you noticed how difficult and tricky it can be to eat healthy on road trips, or trips in general? I am determined to eat as wholesome as possible on the way to California and on the return. I also have emergency foods for when I can't get a good breakfast at a hotel or on the road. Here are some of the items I am bringing with me and why:
- Chia Seeds. Read more about them here and why they're awesome. I can add them to basically anything, and get great nutritional benefits out of it.
- Lara Bars. These are my favorite snack bars, pretty much because they are so wholesome. I love that they are made with like three to five ingredients. Their flavors are super creative, I'm trying three new ones for the trip: Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and Blueberry Muffin. They are filling and a great snack.
- Luna Bars. From the makers of Clif bars, these are advertised for the female audience, but I think anyone can eat them. They taste great, are 70% organic, and are awesome for emergency meal replacement.
- Clif Mojo bars. The perfect energy boosters. These bars are sweet and salty and have a great texture.
- Justin's Almond Butter Packets are a yummy source of a good fat and protein to add to road trip food. If I pick up an apple on the road, to add to rice cakes, etc.
- Emerald Cocoa Roasted Almonds in 100 calorie packs to curb my apetite
- Kashi Go Lean Crunch for emergency hotel breakfasts, road trip breakfast, road trip dinner, etc. Pick up some milk and a paper cup at a convenience store and voila!
- Not Pictured: Green Tea, I plan to take bags to brew in the hotel to keep me full of antioxidants.
|I'm not crazy, I just like to be safe.|
|These will go in individual serving sized baggies for my tote bag|
What are some of your tips?
How do you stay healthy when you travel?