Tuesday, July 2, 2013

What to Pack: Boston Edition

Legit, this is what I am bringing for my Independence Day Weekend.

I'm pretty good at packing light, and so I thought it might be nice to give everyone a peek at what I pack for different trips.  As a general guide, I use the One Bag principles, and have since I was in college.  It's always held me over well, and I've found I can even pull off many things from their universal packing list, because you really don't need everything on there.  In the summer (or when visiting someplace warm), I can pack for a week in a biggish tote bag or normal backpack.  In the winter, that usually expands to my backpacking backpack, just because sweaters and boots take up more space than dresses and bathing suits.

My best advice would be not to worry that you're underpacking.  It might seem like you *need* to have that third pair of shoes or extra tanktop, but honestly, you probably don't.  You can wear outfits multiple times.  I wore the same pair of jeans constantly for five weeks in Europe, and I'm pretty sure I only washed them twice.  And one of those times was by taking a shower with them on.  Eww.  But I'll never see those people again and neither will you.  Bring pieces that are in the same color family, and layer to create a different look.  If you realize something is missing, chances are you can buy it somewhere or live without it for a few days.  If you think it's possible to live without it, it probably is.  Toss it back in your closet.

You probably won't look your absolute best (and this can be discouraging in Paris), but you're traveling!  You're seeing the world!  You're an adventurer!  You look awesome, friend.  You do.  And if you're worried, nothing glams up an outfit like earrings.  I bring a cheap pair with me on every trip, even to the beach because, damn, who doesn't look good in big glittery earrings on the beach?

Okay, so, what am I bringing for my trip to Boston (with a stopover for an 8-mile race and barbecue in my hometown) this weekend?

  • Toiletries*
  • Four shirts
  • Two pairs of shorts
  • Four pairs of underwear
  • Two bras
  • Tevas (my summertime walking shoes)
  • Running shoes
  • Two running outfits (shirts, socks, sports bras, shorts)
  • One pair of pajamas
  • Faux-pearl earrings
  • The same tote/purse I always carry (with pocket umbrella), along with a clutch-wallet
I'll also be wearing a pair of capris, shirt, sweater, and moccasins for the trip, so I'll have those to rotate out as well.  It's worth noting that this is my first trip using my new wheeled luggage (we're driving there, so it seemed easy - backpacks are generally better for hauling stuff over long distances and city streets) and I'm very excited to see how it goes.  I'll certainly keep you posted, since I haven't traveled with wheeled luggage since 2006.

I hope this inspires you to pack a little lighter for your next trip, and feel free to let me know any packing tips you have in the comments!

*I keep a pre-packed bag of toiletries ready at all times because we take so many weekend trips, and that's been really helpful to be able to grab and go.  Just for listing's sake, I keep a travel toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner, extra contacts, hair ties, bobby pins, band-aids, tylenol, lipstick, eyeshadow, mascara and blush in it.  It's a clear bag, so I can just pull it out at security.

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