I remember my first business trip. I was working as an Inside Sales Rep for a software company in New Jersey, but all of my clients were in San Francisco or Houston. And I was intrigued. Would I ever be able to get to visit those two places?
My card finally came up. I flew to Houston, alone, during a hurricane warning, and the businessman next to me gripped his seat with his hands and looked over to see if I was nervous. I was. This was big time! I had flown alone before, but never to an unknown place with no one to meet me at the airport. It was late at night and I got transportation to my hotel with a family of chattering, but sleepy passengers. My hotel had room service and expanded cable. I was about to get a few hours of sleep, before an entire day of meetings and lunches, and then a night of socializing with clients and even trying my hand at line dancing. I opened my suitcase to survey my belongings. Had I packed enough? Was I ready? Yes, I was ready for this.
These days, as a writer/blogger/photographer/mama, instead of sitting in a cubicle, I spend long days on my feet photographing weddings, newborns, real estate, and more. I spend long days being a mama, and long days crafting blog posts. And I like to travel – whether alone, with just Cassidy, or with the whole family. Heck, I like traveling with just the kids too! Basically, I like to travel. And my COTRUNKAGE Vintage Luggage is quite possibly the most adorable/gorgeous luggage I’ve ever seen. I can see people gasping when it comes out of the baggage claim. I can see myself gasping.
This is how you stand out in style! What do you use it for? Anything! Travel with friends or with boyfriends and girlfriends or with spouses. Overnight staycations, weekend vacations, retreats, and business trips. Anything goes! Just try it!
Packing List For Winter Getaways:
1 – Use a carry-on-sized suitcase with wheels. Bonus if you can attach another bag – camera bag, purse, toiletry bag, briefcase, etc. – to the suitcase. If you do have to check a bag, pack clothes, shoes, and toiletries in your carry-on!
2 – Pack a garment bag for delicate clothing. One cool thing about garment bags? When flying, you can ask a flight attendant for any plane closet storage for the duration of the flight. This is generally so helpful for delicate clothes.
3 – Put your toiletries in a Ziploc bag. If there is a flight involved, this will help with the security line. Even if there’s no flight involved, it’s still nice not to risk having toiletries leak or break onto your valuable clothing!
4 – Pack layers! The best way to pack for all kinds of travel, is to pack versatile clothes that fit in with all weather patterns and activities. I tend to stick to colors and patterns that can be layered together. For me, there’s a lot of bright colors and patterns, but they all go together. This will keep your suitcase nice and light. You can pack different shoes and accessories to change the way the outfits look. I tend to wear my heaviest shoes for travel, to save space in my suitcase.
5 – Don’t forget to make a list, and check it twice, of VIP items. For me that’s a camera. And business cards! It could be a quality hairdryer. Nail polish for summer toenails. A clothes steamer! An umbrella! Earplugs! Your own snacks!!