I think this is the first time I ever used my name in a title LOL. Anyway, I thought I would share my packing strategies with you as well as what I am bringing on this trip.
First of all, I make a list. This time I made it on my laptop. As I gathered my stuff I deleted the item right on the computer :) I also color coded it.
So first, we need a suitcase...(forgot to take a before shot!!)
I bought this big one at our PX when my mom died. I did not know how long I would be in California or how much I would want to bring back. I ended up bringing this, plus another one, back; FULL :)
Now to gather my stuff...
with a little help from Scout, that is what I did last night!
Clothes...These were color coded in red on my list. Since this trip is a little over a week I narrowed my choices down to denim and khaki shorts, white capris, white/pink/aqua shirts and a blue tank top(I plan to buy one shirt on the trip), 2 pairs of white socks and several printed ones, 8 pairs of underwear and 2 bras, 2 pairs of pajamas(one casual and one lingerie), bathing suit, black skirt(for church), aqua blouse (for church and graduation) and flowered button shirt(also for church), and a long sleeved gray shirt(in case it is cold).
Accessories...I am only bringing 3 pairs of shoes -- sneaker flats, fancy flats and slippers :) 2 scarves and jewelry(with a soft case) to dress up and change the look of my outifits. They take up less room than more clothes :) And hair accessories (in a cute little case).
I use a flower bag with a tray in the bottom. I put my makeup in the tray and at the hotel I can set it up on the sink with other stuff like lotions, too. In addition to the basics like brush and comb, toothbrush and paste, razor etc I also bring lotion, body butter and body spray all in a citrus scent, and fun shaped bath oils. I also put medicine like Ibruprofen and Exedrin as well as bandaids and ointment in there. I put the liquidy stuff in plastic bags.
I also included 3 back up books and a book for my sis in law, present for mother in law, flag for my bro in law, shirt for my nephew, craft stuff(because I am making a present while there), a plastic cup and lid, baggie with Cafix and a plastic spoon, herbal tea packets, and 2 beach towels(yes, I could borrow these from my inlaws or sneak from the hotel, but I am more comfortable bringing my own).
Then I gathered TJ's stuff, For clothes he has a pair of khaki, denim, and mesh shorts, 2 T-shirts(we plan to buy him a couple Harley ones there), Hawaiian shirt and polo(for church), black jeans, swim trunks, 8 days worth of underwear, and a few socks plus a long sleeved shirt. He also is bringing sneakers and flipflops
For toiletries we can share stuff like toothpaste so he just needed his toothbrush, Deodorant, Bayer(for his back), a razor and aftershave.
I prefer to roll the clothes as it supposedly takes up less room.
Nice clothes get laid flat on top.
Now on to the carryons :)
TJ goes with his trusty "assault pack". I bought a fun multi colored tote from Walmart.
In the zippered pocket inside are pillboxes with essential meds such as celexa, and vitamins(stuff I cannot buy or get in Florida, in case my luggage were to get lost!), plus a pill splitter with Xanax(for the flights!) and Exedrin. In the side pocket is my iPod. Inside the main part is a homemade pillow, books, small notebook and a pen, wallet, camera, Book of Mormon, cell phone and my Coach purse(I don't want that getting lost either!!!). trashy magazines, a small blanket, and candy!!.
TJ will be taking his laptop and mine(plus electronics accessories)
Now, we also had to choose our traveling outfits. TJ is going with a t-shirt and shorts. I am going with my white capris, a white t-shirt with blue tanktop(this frees up extra space in my suitcase), and long sleeved shirt around my waist(or in my carry-on).
I think we are ready now!!