Jetsetting :: How I pack my carry-on

Hello lovelies! I've been jet-setting all week for work. Sadly this left little room for outfit blogging, but it DID give me a little time to think about sharing my packing process with you. I'm basically obsessed with perfecting my packing and am constantly looking for new ways to be more efficient.

For this trip, I needed a combination of work appropriate clothes, something a little nicer and more fun for going out at night, and everything had to be super comfortable since I'd be on my feet most of the time. Plus, I lug a lot of equipment around so I'd have to somehow fit that into my carry-on as well.

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For this trip, I packed six tops, four bottoms, and 2 layers, as well as three scarves. I tried to keep all of the colors complimentary and packed a variety of types of tops so I would be comfortable in a variety of temperatures and settings - since I was traveling to a fairly warm climate in Austin, I chose lighter fabrics. I also brought along three pairs of shoes - a wedge, flat, and bootie. I wore one and packed the other two.

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Before I left, I actually put together several outfits using all of the pieces together to make sure I had something that would work for a variety of situations. There's nothing I hate more than getting to my destination and feeling like I have nothing to wear. If you take pictures or write down your pre-arranged outfits, its a lot easier to just grab something and throw it on.

Alright, so. That's WHAT I packed, let's move on to HOW I packed. I found

this method

recently and was very intrigued. I also saw an opportunity to make it even better. Most people tell you to take scarves because they squeeze into the holes in your suitcase easily and go a long way in making outfits look fresh and put together. I agree, but I also use them to improve my packing process.

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First, I lay a wide scarf out and lay all of my shirts flat on top of it, sleeves folded in.

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Next, fold the scarf and all of the tops on top of it in half, enclosing them inside.

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Now, roll the entire scarf into a nice little burrito and put that in your suitcase. Why this method? Well besides the fact that it takes up a ridiculously small amount of space, it also keeps your shirts from wrinkling, snagging, or moving around too much. I love that I can just place that in my suitcase and then pull the entire roll out when I get to my destination. People who live directly out of suitcases might not prefer this method, but I generally hang everything up when I get to my destination so it's perfect for my needs.

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Do the same thing with your second scarf and bottoms. If I had packed any dresses, I would have put them in this roll as well.

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This is what it looks like all wrapped up and placed in the suitcase. Look at how much room I still have to use! Hurrah! In next I'll put shoes, usually in dustbags to keep everything else clean and protect them. I stuff them with socks, tights, scarves and small items to maximize space and keep their shape.

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Next we add the essential tools. I usually pack this stuff in a series of small bags so they stay together. Don't forget your plastic baggie for the liquids - I keep this in my personal bag until I go through security to speed up the process.

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Side note - I am a little crazy so I usually like to list everything I'm taking and possible outfits for the week in a little notebook. In fact, I recommend you carry a small notebook almost everywhere - I use mine a lot. Bloggers will want to make sure they pack all of their cords and a gorilla pod is perfect for taking outfit photos on the road without taking up a lot of space. And yes, in the bottom corner, that is a travel sized Sticky Buddy. I love it for removing lint/hair/whatever from clothes, and it just rinses clean and is ready to go again.

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So that's it - zip it up and you're good to go. And if you're wondering what it looks like when you put it all together...

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Mine actually looks a little messy because I have to carry so much equipment. It's part of the downside of being a video producer. We don't really travel light, so on any given trip I usually I have 2 or 3 cameras, tripods, lights, mics...and a lot of computer equipment. I like having a mobile office but dang, it's a little heavy.

Feel free to share your travel tips in the comments! I'm literally obsessed with packing blogs. If you want to see the rest of my travel series, I've tagged

them all here

(you'll have to weed through some posts that are just about travel of course).

Jet Setting :: The Blogger's Carry-On

My style blog is only a few months old, but I've been video blogging for years. Thanks to all of my iDevices, blogging on the go is seriously a breeze these days. Travelers are granted two carry-on bags: a small suitcase and one personal item, such as a purse, laptop case, or camera bag. We all know what you're taking in the first bag, so use your "personal item" to stock up on these blogger on-the-go basics.

I prefer to travel sans laptop whenever I can, especially on vacation. If I'm on a work trip, I'll lug around my 15" Macbook Pro, but a short weekend in Vegas calls for something much lighter. I can get everything I need done on my iPad, with the help of a few apps and a couple of external pieces. I love the iPad Camera Connection kit - the SD card reader allows me to upload my photos from my DSLR to my iPad for editing.

I've used plenty of different photography apps, but I prefer PhotoForge2. It allows you to finely adjust more aspects of the photo like contrast, levels, and curves. Once your photos are edited and ready to go up, Blogsy is by far my favorite blogging app for iPad. You can upload your photos to your server or Flickr using the app, format your photos and posts, and upload to a Wordpress or Blogger site.

The other piece in the camera connection kit is a USB port so you can transfer your photos and videos from your iPhone to your iPad. Particularly, the videos. The 4S camera is so good, you really don't need a point and shoot or flipcam any more. I used to travel with a flipcam for video blogging, but now I use my 4S, transfer the videos using the camera connection kit, and edit on my iPad.

If you take any video with your DSLR, I recommend downloading Avid for iPad to edit them, because it allows you to edit more formats than just iPhone/iPad videos (unlike iMovie). After a quick export, they're ready to go up on YouTube!

Travelistas must always be prepared for anything, of course. Don't forget to tote your chargers and cables where they're easy to access - charging stations are few and far between, so when you find one make sure you get a little extra juice. I also love traveling with an external charger, like this Mophie Juice Pack - it connects to your iPhone like a case and doubles the battery life so you can snap more photos, check in more places, and live-tweet your trip.

What else do I tote? A Kindle for reading on the plane or by the pool, a notebook and pen just in case inspiration hits, and extra SD cards for my DSLR. And of course, lipgloss.


I also like to carry extra storage - if there's not enough room in your suitcase for your shopping conquests, a light tote can help with your extras. Pro tip: Save your shopping bags! Airlines are much more lenient on letting passengers bring extra baggage if it's in a shopping bag for some reason. I then transfer them to the tote after going through security. I also use a clutch-style wallet. It's perfect to take out and use alone for a night out when you don't want to carry a big purse.
 Other fashionista must-haves :: Stock up on bandaids, moleskin and foot petals pre-trip to battle blisters from walking. Antibacterial wipes are great for freshening up before meals after touching everything from handrails to Disney characters. And don't forget your 3-1-1. One quart bag, 3.4 oz or less bottles. Store it in your smaller bag where it's easy to get to, and check-in will be a breeze.

So, those are what I consider to be the "blogger basics for travelistas". What are some of your must-haves for your carry-on?