I just returned from ten days back in my hometown in Indiana. It was so lovely seeing my family and friends, but I am glad to be back into my routine. I think that’s how any trip goes.
I got to experience the familiar, inconsistent Indiana weather: a mix of hot, cold and perfectly pleasant days. So of course I packed appropriately, right?
Wrong. Why did I think a light sweater would serve as a coat on the 40 degree days? LA must be getting to me.
What I packed
I tried to keep it simple for the trip since my husband and I each only brought backpacks and then shared a checked bag. I actually managed to keep my clothes at under 20 items. I did have to borrow a jacket for the 40-degree day we had, but other than that I had everything I needed.
- 1 Sweater
- 1 Scarf (the only one I own – it doubles as a blanket and travel pillow)
- 1 Purse
- 1 Running spandex capri
- 2 Sofee shorts
- 2 Running/pajama shirts
- 2 Pairs of jeans
- 4 Shirts
- 2 Camisoles
- 3 Dresses (including my Versalette)
- Underwear and makeup, but I’ll spare you those details
I also brought my laptop, which was fortunate because the clarity of a different space allowed me to make a few breakthroughs in my work.
The most important pieces
Out of everything, there were two pieces that I couldn’t have done without.
My scarf – I adore this scarf. It’s big enough to cover most of my body as a blanket if I need it too, and it’s been my travel pillow every time I’m on a plane. When it’s not around my neck, it’s laid out on our bed at home since it has a beautiful, colorful butterfly design on it. My brother got it for me from Puerto Rico 7 or 8 years ago and it has a few holes in it, but it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.
The newest addition to my wardrobe is my Versalette, and this is the first time I was able to travel with it. The Versalette is a convertible piece of clothing that can take any shape – dresses, skirts, tops, scarves, even a bag. I got so many compliments on it, and it’s literally (and I mean really literally) the most comfortable piece of clothing I’ve ever owned.
Now that I’m back
The past two weeks have been a whirlwind, but I am so happy to be back on the blog and back to work.
I have an announcement coming soon – probably in the next post or two – that LA-area folks will find interesting.
Until then though, what are your travel essentials?