When I go away, my inner virgo really comes out. I start to become an extreme organizer. I have a habit now of printing out extra boarding passes and photocopying my passport and then, placing them in a protective plastic cover. Sounds crazy right? Well, I've never had any major issues with my travels since I started exploring the world without my parents.
Now, I have the tendency of making packing lists. Just like my mom did for me before I went to summer camp for a month. Making lists really helps because if I go to bed and then have an early start, I can just run down my list for a moment to settle any panic that I'm leaving something behind. No one wants a Home Alone issue on their hands, am I right?
On my list, I categorize everything and then place a number next to the items I'm bringing with me. I like to pack classic pieces that will really look good in any destination (i.e. a crisp white shirt) and then pack a bunch of statement necklaces to mix it up.
This month alone, I've traveled to Chicago and Boston so I decided to show what I pack in my carry on and wear on the day of departure:
- My monogrammed J. Crew bag that fits everything and has an extra pocket just for your passport. You can find a similar one here.
- Rain boots. April is just a month of showers so it's always better to be prepared. You can find similar rain boots here.
- My Canon 60D. I love looking back on old travel photos and exploring the destination just makes it more fun when you have a fun camera to play with.
- A Colourful Scarf. A scarf can not only add warmth but it dresses up your trench coat and adds a pop of colour to your photos.
- A Good Book. The plane is the perfect place to catch up on any upcoming book club reads. I'm currently reading this book.
- An Umbrella. Under my umbrella, ella ella eh eh. Make sure to always pack one. Haven't you heard? If you come prepared for the rain, it won't rain.
- Lipstick. Throw on some lipstick after your plane ride and you'll look instantly refreshed.
- Classic shirts. Wear a classic and comfortable shirt for the plane that you can easily stroll into a restaurant in afterwards. Don't wear sweatpants for a quick flight. You'll end up just feeling lazy and groggy.
- Sunglasses. For instant style and practicality.
- A floppy hat. This is one of my favourite ways to take an outfit from good to great. Just make sure it doesn't need a hat box because then it will be more of a challenge than benefit to bring.