Last weekend was awesome! I was able to travel home to spend some time with my besties and visit my parents. I can’t remember the last time I spent time with my parents by myself. Years! Traveling always comes with some sort of adventure and this time was no exception. One of my dear friends has always said I am the master packer. I would agree when it comes to moving but hadn’t thought much about it with traveling. Well, I think I succeeded in being a master packer traveling!
Best Husband EVER
I have an amazing husband who was willing to take the girls for the weekend and even volunteered to potty train our youngest. When we potty trained our oldest, I got really sick and Cody did most of the training by himself so no big deal, right? Wrong. Our youngest is stubborn. Very stubborn. I started the process on Thursday and Friday to give Cody a head start. My stubborn girl gave me a lot of, “NO! I not go potty. I playing!” Whew! I was hoping that it would start to click for her by Saturday. No such luck. And here we are heading into Tuesday with no change and a lot of defiance. Wish us luck as we chug along. (I digress)
Anyway, I was supposed to land in Colorado around 6:30pm. I flew an airline I don’t normally fly because they tend to be more expensive. This time they were the cheapest. However, I soon found out why… they add on charges for EVERYTHING! Carry-on bags, picking your seat, drinks and snacks on the plane, EVERYTHING! Needless to say, I probably won’t fly this airline again, and not just because of the added fees. There is less leg room, the seats don’t recline, and their communication is poor. Once we boarded the plane, they kept us at the gate for an additional 20 minutes with no explanation. Then they rerouted us to make the flight an extra hour long, ugh! Thus we didn’t get in until 8pm. I was pretty disappointed as I was meeting up with my two besties for dinner and drinks. They were gracious and stayed out late for me! Love them!
After booking the flight, I learned they add on charges for carry-on bags. So I decided to fly with a personal bag only, which couldn’t be very big at all. I took myself back to camp counselor days remembering packing light for backpacking trips. Here is how I managed to get everything I needed for one weekend in my small personal bag.
I started with my laptop as I wanted to get some work done over the weekend. I then added in my clothing. The key with clothing is to think versatile, non-wrinkle, and roll it! Knits work great for this! No jeans, no bulky sweaters, and no extra shoes. You also have to be willing to wear articles of clothing more than once, or be able to wash a piece at your destination. I don’t mind wearing pants for more than one wear or a cardigan for more than one wear. Underwear I won’t. Socks I will. Tank tops underneath a shirt I will. Most shirts I won’t. The other key is to have all your clothes mix and match, giving you more options in case you need a change up for some reason or have to stay for an extra day. Choose neutrals and only one color outside of neutrals.
What I wore on the plane:
- pink leggings (then slept in both nights)
- underwear, bra, and socks (wore this pair twice) of course
- tall brown boots (my only pair of shoes for the weekend)
- a teal tank top (then slept in both nights)
- denim shirt
- carried a grey cardigan sweater (used this everyday)
What I packed for clothes:
- black leggings (wore these two days)
- 1 pair socks
- 2 pair underwear
- black and grey tank top (wore this twice as it was under other shirts)
- flowy tank top
- long sleeve shirt
Do you see how I used comfy clothes to dress up and then also make it versatile to wear for bed eliminating pjs? The biggest thing is to take pieces that can be mix and match as well as being used for multiple purposes.
On to toiletries… this was a little bit of a sticking point for me as we have gone to toxic free products in our house. I chose to take certain items and be okay with sharing my mom’s items for other things. My deodorant, face lotion, and makeup were essential to me. I also brought my round brush that I can’t live without, and my own toothbrush of course. Since I don’t use hairspray or any other hair products these days, that wasn’t a problem. The only things I was missing were shampoo, conditioner, and body lotion. I usually only shower every other day. It is actually better for your skin and hair to not shower everyday. Judge me if you wish but this is my reality. And I am great at day two hair and sometimes even a third day which consists of a ball cap, lol! I could have gone the whole weekend without a shower had a I thrown in a ball cap but I didn’t. So I showered Sunday morning and used my mom’s products.
So what about shopping?! Well, it was cheaper to ship a small box home via FedEx than to take a carry on. I stuffed some gifts for the girls and Cody in my bag to bring home and shipped other purchases along with my clothes home. Only $18.24!
My tight packing turned out great and I had perfect clothing for getting drinks with my friends, shopping and pedicures with my mom and best friend, and hanging out with my parents in general.
About that potty training… we stopped on the way home to get a bunch of little toys as incentive for her to go. Today we have had fewer accidents. Had to get my oldest a toy too. A recorder that was only a $1, are we CRAZY?!
Do you think I succeeded on being a master packer? Want to learn more about our toxic free lifestyle, go here! Next week I will be revealing our Family Room transformation!