Hi there! I took an unintentional-ish break from posting here and I am so happy to be back! I had a huge month of travelling and just enjoying life and I knew that I could step away for a bit and be able to get right back into the swing of things with YOU. I have such pride writing here and sharing my life and style on a pretty regular basis and I have zero plans of NOT doing that, I hope you know that. I have some awesome posts planned (including my #nsale picks!), so YES, let's do this.
This past month has been nuts, with the Fourth and all the festivities that come with that, as well as a short family trip to Indianapolis with my husband and kids, and then a longer 11 day trip back home with just my kids (my husband had to stay home and work, boo.) I was determined to travel for both of these trips with just weekend bags and carry on suitcases. This ended up being surprisingly easy! Obviously the 3 day weekend getaway was the easiest to pack for, but I found that going home for 11 days with just a couple of bags was not that hard, either. My kids each took a back pack, and I had a carry on suitcase and my Lug weekend bag that served as my personal item on the plane. I learned a thing or two about packing for longer trips with just a small bag and I wanted to share these with you now, yay!
1) Despite the length of time we were traveling, I packed my kids and I 5 outfits each because I knew I could wash them at my mom's house and re wear them all. When I am back home I tend to wear simpler things, so I brought a pair of jean shorts, my overalls, a pair of jeans I flew in, and then various tops. I did less actual "outfits" for me, but tried to stay with neutral colors (black, white, and blush.) Often enough, a simple tee and shorts, with a cute choker or kimono thrown over the top is all you need. My denim shorts were the star of the week for me, I wore them over my bathing suit at my dad's camp in Maine, and with lace up sandals and an off the shoulder top for dinner with my brother and sister in law. I also loved wearing my Free People slip dresses (above), I have them on black and white, and I always feel pretty in those.
For the kids I did actual matched outfits with one dressier option for them, which worked well. Their clothes fit in their school backpacks, along with pajamas, bathing suits, and some small items they could play with on the plane (luckily they love playing cards together, or in a pinch I could pop a movie on from my Kindle or laptop.) They are old enough to carry their own bags through the airport, so that helped as well.
2) I tend to over pack shoes, for some reason I think I will actually need the heels or cute wedges when I am home? I packed two pairs of shoes for me, a basic tan sandal (above), and a silver tie up pair of sandals that work well in dressier situations. My kids each brought one pair of shoes, which they wore, because kids are easy like that;) I need to remember this for future trips, I almost never wear more than 2 pairs of shoes on a trip, ever. I do know it is best to wear your heaviest things on the plane (boots, sweaters, etc), which would work best in colder months.
3) If I am travelling and need to dress up more, I find that a simpler all black look, with ankle boots (I love my fringe ones!), with statement jewelry of course, works well. I have a cute all black body con dress that translates well dressy or casual, and it rolls up easily in a bag for packing. I save the bags my jewelry comes in from Rocksbox when I buy it, and I travel with those a lot, just tucking jewelry in those. I prefer to pack simpler outifts and add in fun jewelry for a little bit of uniqueness.
4) When I travel home to my mom I can leave out stuff like shampoo (luckily she buys Monat!) and other bathroom necessities. I do have travel sizes of that stuff, but I left that home this time. I could have easily fit it into my bag, though, in a Ziploc, for easy travelling. I pare down my makeup bag to bare necessities and I brought one neutral colored purse that I rolled in my carry on so that I could call my Lug weekender bag my personal item on the plane. I essentially had two carry on bags, that I used to put toiletries in, my lap top and Kindle, and any extras we acquired on the trip.
That's it! It's taken me quite some time to limit my packing to smaller bags, I am a notorious over packer. All I know is that on the way home, when the line for checking bags and the security line were super long (seriously, it took us an hour and ten minutes to get through security!), I was so glad that we didn't need to check any bags as we would have missed our flight.
Tell me, are you able to pack less for trips? (This wasn't really that possible when my kids were babies, but I maybe could have done it, ha!)
Shop the exact pieces I brought on my trip, below!