This might seem like one of those super obvious tips, but I noticed a lot of women did not keep their make-up bag and/or liquids bag accessible while traveling. This meant that while waiting (angrily) behind them in the security checkpoint, they had to open their suitcase and dig around for where they put their liquids, since they need to be pulled out separately. Why aren't they carrying that in their purse/other carry-on?!
We've talked about clothing and travel capsules, but what about all your dainty little unmentionables? Chances are you probably didn't even think about that a whole lot. But you know my overthinking, over-analytical, over-planning self has definitely thought about it. And now you get to hear all about it. And yes, these are my girly froo-froos, the exact ones I dragged with me across the European continent. You're welcome.
Junior high is kind to no one. Behold! My tucked-in t-shirt, overgrown sideburns, and the open zipper of my jeans. Throw in perfect grades and advance placement courses, and you know why I didn't go out on a date until college. (Though college was definitely full of fashion disasters, but everyone just found those "quirky" instead of "shun-worthy"). Also, the photographer made me hold that bear. None of my other friends were forced to hold stuffed animals. Just me. For EXTRA degradation.
Thrifty Thursday: Europe Really DOES Do Everything Better Than Us, Like Not Having Garbage Thrift Shops
I don't generally shop consignment or thrift stores as a rule, due to the whole "ick" factor, but because of the negative environmental impact of clothing manufacturing, I am trying to do my part to help minimize my waste output (even through indirect means) and buy second-hand. I found this black-and-white wool scarf in Reykjavik for about $10 USD.
Time for the second part of my winter travel capsule tips! If you haven't read the first part, just click HERE. In that first part, I listed off a lot of the tips and tricks I use, and now I'm going to show you what that actually, literally looks like. It's easy to SAY "this is how you should pack", but it's quite another to actually do it, and do it for five weeks. I wouldn't recommend something that I didn't personally try or think is too impractical to be implemented by the average person.
Let me tell you what I did originally pack (though what I ultimately came home with is not the same, and I actually did ship some of these items home in a box as I realized what I wasn't actually wearing, or because I bought something better while on holiday). And of course I did pack underwear and a swimsuit (I did go to thermal springs and such). Obviously I did laundry while on vacation and made sure that my hotels and rented apartments had facilities as there is no way to avoid laundry during a 5-week holiday. But here it is:
As a lot of you know, I do extensive traveling around the world and the US (partially for work, partially for leisure). I just returned from 5 weeks of back-to-back traveling and want to share some of my travel tips. Today we're going to focus on creating a Travel Capsule Wardrobe.
Hi, I know I skipped last week's Fashion Disaster Friday (all this travel has blurred the days together. And definitely don't bother asking me what time it is anywhere, including in whatever city I'm in. I'm useless right now). Also, my baggage was mishandled, so I did not have my laptop for several days, in case you're wondering why all the posts are flooding in RIGHT NOW. (I really should download the phone app, shouldn't I?)
Here is a fashion disaster that I am ashamed to say is more recent than I can admit. The individual pieces themselves aren't bad, but it just fell flat for me. I looked like I was wearing a beach cover up in public, but for some reason, with loafers?! (I do live near the water, but even *I*, in all my overdressed prissy glory, do not wear loafers to the beach, thankyouverymuch).
Hey everyone! Just wanted to share a few photos from the last dinner I had with all the kids and my brother for my "pre-birthday" dinner since I'd be spending my actual birthday traveling.
Tracy is a sometimes-working software engineer, all-the-time mother and wife, long-distance runner, biracial, shoe-loving, multi-lingual, world traveling, wannabe fashionista who drinks entirely too much coffee. She lives in the Seattle area and enjoys making babies and judging people.
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