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September 27, 2011

Travel Tips + Packing Preview

It's hard to focus today.
From the moment I opened my eyes this morning, I knew it was going to be a copious-amounts-of-coffee kind of day. Since filling up my pastel polka dotted mug, I am much more awake... but I have only one thing on my mind. Traveling.

That's right. This Thursday I am heading for the gorgeous Rockies to spend a long weekend with BF and our friends. We have so much fun packed into our little agenda that I can barely contain myself.

Great American Beer Festival. Visiting good friends in CO Springs. Hiking through Red Rocks. Exploring downtown Denver. Oh my goodness... take me there now!

Needless to say, this little blonde has some packing to do! One thing that you may not know about me (and BF + family can testify to) is that I am a slowly recovering compulsive over-packer. Three day stays with 3+ bags in tow is not something to brag about y'all!

Luckily for me (and you!) I have graduated over-packing rehab, and have decided to share some packing tips and tricks that I've learned with you today!

Some of you experienced packing professionals may scoff at some of these "no-brainers", but maybe I can help offer a handy new solution?!


{ Travel Tricks + Tips }

1) Do the Roll

Want to beat the wrinkle monster and save space? Roll your clothes! All you have to do is lay out your favorite blouse, fold in the arms, and begin rolling tightly from the neckline all the way to the shirt hem. Tuck it in your suitcase, and voila! Room for 15 more tops for your 4-day trip! ;)

You can even lay several tops on top of each other and roll all together to save more room! Clothes come out looking wrinkle-free and this space saver works like a charm! More directions here.

2) Munchkin Size

As you know, I am from Kansas, which naturally means I naturally am linked to The Wizard of Oz. The movie si even life applicable... I think. When packing your toiletries, do as the munchkins do, and buy travel sized!

I purchased my own cute little travel refillables so that I can bring my favorite products with me

3) Bottle Saver

I don't know about you gals, but I always travel with a few Camelbak or Nalgene bottles. Gotta stay hydrated! In case you're in need of more room, you can always put your travel sized item, toothbrush/toothpaste, etc. in your bottle.

It saves your toiletires from getting dirty in your make-up bag too!


{ My Roadtrip Necessities }

Travel Preview

{Yup, that right there is my packing "carry on" preview.}

Cute hoodie, yoga pants, a hat for messy hair, and the mini DVD player are a must! I have some snacks and mags thrown in there for entertainment value too! SO MUCH to get done tonight!!

What can you not live without on a trip?
Any tips or tricks to share with me?!

Happy Tuesday, lovelies!


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  1. Don't forget your headphones! I stupidly flew earlier this month and was so excited to fit everything in one roll-on (I had a document tube with a poster in it for my second carry-on, so I didn't have a purse or backpack or anything)...and I forgot my dang headphones. ::hits head with hand:: Have fun!

  2. @Sar - Oh girl, that sounds terrible!! I will make sure to add that to my list right now!! Thx lovely!

  3. I always use the roll method - works everytime!
    Have fun Meg!

    xoxo from Houston

  4. great post! i always need help packing! really cute yellow travel bag!

  5. Never thought of putting stuff inside my empty water bottle. The only problem I see with that would be wanting to use it at the airport and having to empty everything out!

  6. @Missrschultz - Haha, I know! That would be quite the dilemma, but I always pack away my nalgene. Since I can't bring water through security, I just buy water past the gate and recycle the bottle! :)

  7. Mindless magazines (People, US), water and a snack are musts for me when I travel. A pack of tissues and lip balm are musts as well! Also, wanted to say thanks for the blog gift swap...I posted about my gift today -

  8. I love the Rockies. So beautiful. I always use the roll method. My husband actually introduced me to it. I guess he was frustrated because there was never any room for his stuff. Happy traveling!


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