packing tips


When I think of a short getaway I think 3-4 nights.  Just enough time to get there, settle in, relax, have some fun, drink a little wine, and do a little shopping.  Two nights is never enough and once you get to five nights, why not stay a week…

But, that said, going away for a quick 3-4 night getaway always brought up an issue for me.  Do I carry on only or do I check my bag?  Over time, I have figured it out and in reality, I almost always check a bag.  There are two main reasons for this.

First, I live in a city that I almost always have to fly to a bigger airport and get a connecting flight.  I really do not like wheeling a bag all over the airport, so I love to just check it and be hands free.  The other reason is I like to have some extra room for what I might want to buy and don’t have to worry if it will fit or try and find a way to ship it home.  I mean really, when you visit other cities, I believe it is your duty to provide economic support for the local area.

Truth is, there are many 2-3 nighters that I throw all of what I need in my backpack and go.  But, those are specific types of trips and not a short getaway.  I am soon taking off for a 4 night getaway to Napa.  I will only be in a hotel 3 nights, but I’m taking the red-eye back on the 4th night, so that I can enjoy the day and evening, but be home on Saturday for sunrise.  But, and it’s a big but, of why I will be overpacking with a purpose.  You see the weather will be between 40 and 75 degrees and we will be playing and shopping, as well as kayaking and bicycling.  So, I need a wide variety of not only types of clothes, but ones I can layer.

I’m sharing my clothes packing list this time and will follow it up with my accessories and make-up, which are a whole other story.  So, as I pack up for a short getaway to Napa with some girlfriends, here is what’s in my bag:


Count your underwear and socks; one per day plus one.  Pj’s – I pack one for every 2 nights, so this trip I packed two.

Side note:  I use to travel these short trips with one strapless hand me up bra from my daughter, but I have added two wonderful items.  Some type of nipple covers for all the new cut out outfits and my new brand new bra that Bali sent me.

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Over the summer while at Getting Gorgeous, Bali came and provided sizing (yes, at 47 years old it was a first for me).  Due to my, let’s say petite size, the specialist recommended the Bali Comfort Revolution ComfortFlex Fit.  It is the most comfortable piece ever.  I will admit I love my sports bras, so this was the perfect addition to my drawer.  It has the feel of a sports bra, yet looks a little dressier and comes in wonderful colors.  I especially love how it is seamless and flexible.

One great wrap – With the changing weather and layering, this is all you really need.  I love Dana at our local Anthropolgie in Omaha.  When I tell her what I am dealing with, she has great ideas and this was one of them.  The shape is interesting, it is beautiful, and the color goes with everything.

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Why, yes, yes I do pack them; one outfit per day and yes, they get used.  I know people who re-wear their workout clothes while away, but it’s just something I can’t do.  I always include layers and often will re-wear my running jacket, so this trip I only brought two.

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This, I always pick first, because travel day outfits are important to me.  I want to look nice, but be comfy.  I typically wear a long dress with leggings or my favorite jeans with a great top.  I also always pack in layers to fly, as you never know the temperature on the plane.  This trip, being the red eye, I actually packed an outfit to change into for my flight, as I am not into wearing the same clothes for over 24 hours…


For this trip I’m packing 8 outfits. Yes, 4 nights, one being a redeye, means 8 outfits.  All of my outfits are layered and fun.  You can follow along on Instagram  to see the daily outfits, but here is what I packed:

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1 and 2.  These start with a great pair of jeans.  I love an interesting jean and the Hyphens fit me great.  With the 30 degree change in temperature, I choose a pair with a big cuff.  These will be worn in two different ways.  The first is with a 3/4 sleeve lace top with a leather jacket.  The second is a print shirt with a grey vest.
3.  During the day we will be biking, so I packed a fun pair of half print and half solid dressy leggings; not yoga pants.  I’ll pair them with a long mock turtle neck and side slit tan sweater.  This will give me a cute layered look that is easy to move in.
4.  A waffle dress with leggings and a faux fur short vest.
5.  My favorite green pants and layered white tops for kayaking.  I think I may switch to yoga pants and a layered jacket and vest depending on the weather.
6.  Jumpsuit – This is an easy piece to pack and can be worn with my leather jacket for an evening look.
7.  A fun top to layer and wear with the jeans I flew here in; fun for day if needed.
8.  Leather leggings and layered tops for an evening.  This is always an extra thing I pack as the pieces can be mixed and matched with other pieces.

Well, that’s it for this trip.   Although it may seem like a lot for a short trip, given what I am doing, it will be perfect and I still have room in my bag for a bit of shopping.  Don’t forget I’ll soon be discussing what accessories and make-up I pack…

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