It’s good to be back home and back to work after basically living out of a suitcase the past month. It has been a crazy few weeks as my husband, Joel, and I have been working what I am lovingly referring to as “the wedding circuit.” We have had the joy of being a part of the weddings of three sets of close friends in April and May, all of which a 4+ hour drive away. Needless to say, we have lots of time to catch up as husband and wife, and lots of reading time. We also got really good at packing.
With that, I give you my top three rules of packing:
Take what you need--and only what you need. (Yes, I am borrowing a line from Joel’s band, Driskill’s song. Check them out on Spotify!) A list is your best friend. Before you start frantically throwing items into your bag, make sure you are remembering the things you definitely need, such as your phone charger and glasses. Take into account the events you know will take place, such as a hiking trip, or a cocktail party and make sure you have packed appropriately. You can always pick up toothpaste at the drugstore, but forgetting your most comfortable pair of dancing shoes could prove very uncomfortable.
Pack versatile items; pack minimally. I try to pick items that mix and match well, knowing that I can be a bit indecisively when choosing what to pack. If I have some neutral tops and jacket that goes well for all occasions, I save a ton of space in my bag. I have a gray t-shirt dress that is perfect for hanging out downtown for some shopping, but is easily dressed up with a pair of wedge sandals and jewelry for a date.
Don’t forget downtime! The biggest mistake I ever make is forgetting that I will have free time. I like to pack a book for those long car rides, or mornings when I get up before everyone else in the house.
All that being said, it was good to be back home! I’m ready to get back to organizing!
Peace and love,