May 14, 2015 § 2 Comments
Can I just be totally honest with you here, and share something totally nerdy about myself? I love to pack.
I really do. I guess it's the organizer and planner in me, but I love figuring out all the outfits and things I want to bring with me. I usually start thinking about it as soon as I find out I'm going on a trip, even if it's still a while away. It gives me anxiety when friends tell me that they wait until the morning of a trip to pack. I know, I'm a crazy overthinker, but I love knowing that I won't get there and be horrified that I forgot to pack my favorite tee (or the ever-important shortalls, hah!).
What I'm packing…
Shorts + Shortalls // They're a must. It's supposed to be in the 90s while we're down there, so shorts are a must. Blue denim is classic, but I also am loving white denim too for days I want to feel a little more pulled together. I'm also exctied to bring my shortalls with me to mix things up.
Dresses // Since we don't have any kids going with us on this trip I'm excited to get to possibly do some fun adult things. You know, go back to the parks at night and get a drink, hit up downtown Disney. All that fun stuff you don't usually get to do. I'm packing a few cute, comfy, dresses to throw on at nights to feel a little more dressed up.
Tanks // Just a couple of my favorite tanks in mostly neutral colors so I can easily mix and match with everything else, and dress up with some light accessories. I have become obsessed with this tank, and have it in a couple colors, all of which I'll be bringing along:)
A pair of Jeans // Even though the weather looks like it'll be pretty hot all week, I always throw in a pair of jeans, just in case. I am loving white jeans right now, they're so versatile, whether you want to go more casual, or dress them up, so they were an obvious choice to bring.
A Good Hat + Sandals // I am a total hat addict, but they do take up a lot of space in luggage, so I decided to just bring one that I know I can mix and match with everything, and I plan on wearing it right onto the plane to save some luggage space! I hate wearing actual shoes when it's hot outside, so I made sure to pick up a comfy and cute pair of sandals from Target last week.
Any tips for things you've wished you had on vacay, or maybe something you realized when you got there that you were so happy to have remembered?
July 1, 2012 § Leave a comment
This weekend I'm staying overnight with a friend up in New York City and am so excited and thought I'd share with you how I pack for over-night trips! I am by no means a "travel expert" (that's my husband!) but I've been traveling with a DSLR since I bought my first one when I was fifteen, and traveling with a bigger camera is a little bit different then regular travel packing, in my personal oppinion.
You might recodnize the bag I'm using from my thrifting post the other day – Yup! I'm already getting some use out of it! It's perfect for an overnight trip since it has tons of compartments and sections, plus it's got padding for a camera. Finding a good travel bag is essential. I have a few different ones I use, all for slightly different purposes, and am always thankfull that I have options.
When I bought my first DSLR they weren't anywhere near as popular as they are now and there weren't nearly as many options or features back then. So when I was researching buying a new camera this past year part of the reason I fell in love with the D5100 is because it's lightweight and the screen flips. I love this feature the most because I always take my camera with me when traveling and sometimes it ends up shoved in my purse (oops!) and flipping the screen over keeps it from getting scratched and ruined.
Anyway. If you already have a DSLR you really should think carefully about what lense(s) to take with you. If you're going on a weekend trip and your not a professional photographer I urge you to resist the temptation and only take one lense. When I got my first DSLR I used to take all my lenses with me on all trips and found that this was a big mistake. Not only did they take up room and weigh a ton, I rarely changed my lense when I was traveling.
Since it's just a fun weekend I'm not hugely hung up on having the most amazing photos, so I'm taking my Tamron 28-80. It's my only non-Nikon lense and it's certainly not my best lense, but the one thing I love about it is that it's super light, and since I'll be carrying it around with me all day I know my shoulders will thank me for that later!
PS. When I want really gorgeous photos and still something lightweight I love to borrow my grandmother's Nikon 50mm lense – it takes such gorgeous photos I don't even mind that it's a fixed focal length! Definetely something worth investing in!
When you're just gone for a weekend and only taking one bag it's best to stick to the essentials. What's great about traveling in the summer is that you don't have to worry about packing heavy coats or layers of clothing. I'm sticking to shorts and light shirts since this weekend is supposed to be a hot one!
I don't know about you, but the wallet I usually use is oddly heavy. I tend to carry every penny I've ever gotten with me and every customer loyalty card that any store has ever offered me. So when I travel I like to swap just my essentials into a small wallet to save space and weight!
I've found it's best to keep everything in it's own special place. Clothing all together (in order of which I'll wear them, so I don't have to dig stuff out!), camera all by itself, and my wallet and 'quick grab' things (things like my phone and chapstick I want to be able to quickly reach!).
This may seem way simple and obvious to some of you out there, but I used to be horrible at packing and have certainly learned my lesson that taking a little extra time and thinking things out is always worth it in the end!
Do you have any travel packing tips? I'd love to hear them!