What does the word 'vacation' mean to you? I'm sure it has something to do with a sandy beach, or a big city... maybe even a snowy mountaintop! Believe it or not, I won't be seeing any of these things on my trip next week. I'll be staying at a little cottage with my family in northern Michigan -- which means hiking, campfires, 65-degree weather, and no internet access.
Truth be told, this self-professed city girl is actually excited to get in touch with the great outdoors. Sometimes it's good to take a break from daily life and experience something completely different! I plan on journaling the old-fashioned way and taking hundreds of photos, so I'll have plenty of stories to tell when I get back.
For now, though, it's time to pack!
As a 20-something girl living by herself in the second most expensive city in the United States, it's safe to say I want to spend as little dinero as possible on this trip. After shopping around and finding the cheapest flight I could (thanks, Shatner!) I was ready to figure out carry-on options. My mission? To only bring one bag on the plane. (Yes, fellow fashionistas, it's possible!)
Remember, I'll be with family in the middle of nowhere for six days. They could care less if I wore the same outfit the whole time. However, I'll be taking photos, so I need at least a couple cute options! Here, I've laid out the perfect packing list. Besides toiletries and accessories, this is all you need for a relaxing Michigan vacay!
1) Flats. 2) Sandals. 3) Heels. 4) Tank tops. 5) Flannel shirt. 6) Hoodie. 7) Dress. 8) Short-sleeved top. 9) Sweatpants. 10) Swimsuit. 11) Jeans. 12) Shorts. The key here is to select layering pieces that can be worn multiple ways. I've already formed more than six outfits in my mind with these items!
I read in a magazine years ago that the best way to pack is to roll everything up by outfit, and the technique has never failed. Not only are things packed to perfection and take up the smallest amount of space possible, but you can easily grab a look while on the go!
Before you start the rolling action, select (and put aside) the outfit you'll be wearing for your journey (in this case, a plane ride). I always wear the bulkiest items... it saves a lot of space, plus I'm always cold on planes and they don't hand out free blankets anymore.
I'm using a backpack for this trip because it'll easily fit under the seat in front of me. If you've followed these steps, you should have plenty of room left for your other travel essentials -- I have two whole pockets still!
Do you have any personal packing tips? Did you use any of mine? What's in your carry-on? I'd love to hear your thoughts... ♥