I’m getting ready to do some holiday traveling and packing simply allows my trip to be a breeze. I do not enjoy lugging bags at the airport and rather travel light. My goal is always to have enough of what I love, yet never feel like I brought too much.
Lately I have been living in a “uniform” of knee high boots, leggings, and a tunic sweater or long layered tees since I’m always going to a dance studio to take class or teach. One thing that I love about leggings is that when it’s time to pack they fold up small, can replace tights, be worn under jeans for an extra layer, and doubled up to be worn alone in colder weather. To pack a wardrobe that can be flexible with style, work well as seperates and together, I find it easiest to pack pieces that are comfortable, do not wrinkle, and layer well. Leggings will be the base for this holiday travel wardrobe. (A great pair of black, brown, or gray pants can also be a perfect base layer for those who don’t love leggings as much as I do.) The other pieces that I do pack will compliment each other and add to my base layer.
Here are the items to go with my base layer of two pairs of black leggings and one pair of grey leggings:
1. a green cashmere sweater 2. a black turtleneck zip sweatshirt 3. a charcoal grey sweater 4. three cotton layering tops 5. a black sweater dress 6. a pair of jeans 7. a beautiful scarf to add color, flair, and warmth It is easier to pack less when traveling during the summer months yet layering is necessary for the winter. Although my trip is longer than a week, there really is no need to pack more as I can easily wash a few items to hang dry. For a coat, my slim-fit black ski jacket I bought four years ago for a Europe trip has been one of my best investments.
I absolutely love shoes! Yet because shoes also take up the most space and add the most weight to luggage, I narrow down my love for shoes to one pair. I only bring the shoes on my feet when I’m not traveling for work. During this time of year I wear my favorite knee high riding boots. They are chic with everything and extremely comfortable.
Women generally have more cosmetics, so for those who like to carry on luggage like myself this can take a little extra effort. Recently I came across an amazing shampoo bar by J.R. Liggetts that can also be used as body soap. I am currently loving bar cleansers more than liquid because they are free of plastic bottles, therefore more eco-friendly, and last longer. The Original Formula Bar Shampoo – 3.5 oz,(J.R.Liggett’s) is equivalent to a 24 oz bottle of shampoo. I am still in awe that this tiny bar makes my hair so soft and shiny with curl definition and I don’t even need conditioner. Shampoo, conditioner, and body wash in one small bar of moisturizing soap!
Here’s what’s in my Ziplock Bag:
1. Burt’s Bees Garden Carrot Complexion Soap (cut in half) 2. J.R. Liggetts Shampoo Bar 3. Olive Oil in a 3 oz Bottle 4. Contact Solution and Case 5. Travel size toothbrush and toothpaste 6. DIY Liquid Foundation and Powder 7. Mascara, Brow Pencil, Lip Balm, Mehru Herbal Lip Dye 8. Travel Size Crystal Deodorant Stick 9. Seamless Wooden Comb 10. Shaver 11. Vanilla Essential Oil
I usually travel with one purse and the bag I used for backpacking, the REI Flash 65 Pack. I like using this backpack because it is lighter than most luggage, and can be packed efficiently. It’s not glamorous, but it does make traveling easy.
I have a tiny 10″ net-book that allows me to do everything I need to and more. I will also bring an iPod, one book or journal, and my Danskin Progressive Power Cord System so I can do some pilates and resistance exercises. Everything else I leave at home. Keeping it simple allows me to enjoy my travel more. Minimalism is about having beautiful life experiences with simplicity.
Enjoy the holidays!
(Image by D Sharon Pruitt)