Howdy globetrotters and world travelers!! Thanks for stopping by for this month’s Where Bloggers Live 09.2023: What’s in My Suitcase. This month finds my WBL buddies and I opening up our suitcases for the all the world to see. My new red carry-on was pretty empty when I opened it today but in anticipation of my upcoming trip to Tennessee to visit my sister, Valerie, I thought this would be a good opportunity to fill it up!!
Where Bloggers Live
Before we pop open our suitcases, allow me to explain from where the ideas for this colorful series originate. Many of them come from the creative genius of our fearless leader Bettye. But some of the other members of the group, most enthusiastically Sally, have also brainstormed ideas for some of our brilliant prompts. We have prompts figured out through 12.2024, for heaven’s sake!! No thanks to me. I just sit with my mouth open in awe!! This has been one of my favorite series in which to participate and I hope to continue to join these fun-loving ladies for more thoughtful posts in the months to come.
Bettye at Fashion Schlub
Daenel at Living Outside the Stacks
Em at Dust and Doghair
Iris at Iris’ Original Ramblings
Jodie at Jodie’s Touch of Style
Sally at Within a World of My Own
Leslie at Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After
And you are definitely going to want to stop by Bettye’s blog to check out her post for today’s prompt. That woman has just moved to Korea. Yup, Korea. She moved in 3 suitcases!! I fuss about having to limit myself to a carry-on when we go out of town for a long weekend. Can’t imagine packing up my life into 3 pieces of luggage.
If you missed last month’s post, you might check it out, it was one of my all-time faves. We daydreamed about time travel. Before that in July, we shared our favorite kitchen gadgets. And in June, we took a look at our collections and collectibles. You know, those precious treasures we have picked up along life’s journey. I shared my ❤️(he)art❤️ collections. It’s been a summer of fun posts.
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Where Bloggers Live 09.2023
This time last year, I was anticipating our upcoming trip to Boston and NYC, then Ohio to see PC’s family and down to Tennessee to see Valerie and her husband, Roby. We were going to be gone for 2 weeks so I pulled out the big guns…the large green, soft-sided suitcase my BFF gave me when I retired. It has seen a lot of miles…mostly between El Paso and Lexington, KY to visit my mom. Paul was quick to insist that we were taking two carry-ons. One for him and one for me. For a brief moment, he even tried to convince me to share a suitcase with him. And just as quickly, I assured him that was absolutely not going to happen.
I stewed for a few days about how in the world to get 2 weeks of cute, diverse, comfortable, trendy outfits in my little roller bag. Wanted to pack layers because in late October-early November averages 52° / 38° in Boston, 55° / 42 in NYC, about that same thing north of Cincinnati where Paul’s family lives, and 61° / 40 near Knoxville, where Valerie lives. Also needed to consider that each destination averages about a day of rain a week in November.
After sulking for a week, I realized PC was not going to give in, and was right not to. He reminded me we would taking our suitcases on public transit, walking on crowded city streets with our bags. With one last loud sigh, I put my big suitcase back in the closet and exchanged it for my carry-on. I set my bag on the guest bed and began figuring this thing out. Used Pinterest to search and save packing lists for the places we were traveling to. Check out my Favorite Places & Spaces board, here.
What’s In My Suitcase
Well, that depends!! Depends on where I am going. The season, the weather. And the activities planned for my trip. In general, I tend to pack too few comfortable, relaxed outfits. While I have read that you should select a color palette so all of your pieces are kind of mix and match, I like color!! And print. When Mom was still living, for trips to see her I tried to pack as many different colors, prints and looks as I could so she could see her first-born baby in all kinds of things. I like to have several pairs of shoes or boots to try to keep my feet as comfortable and cooperative when playing the tourist. And like I said, layers. My lightweight yellow raincoat is a packing staple. Shackets and cardis that can be subtracted and added as the day warms or the evening cools off.
Some of the strangest things I have packed in my suitcase, carry-on bag, or under my arm include a large, frozen beef brisket, a 19″ TV, and my grandmother/mother’s sourdough yeast starter in a jar. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve put in your suitcase?
Packing a Carry-on for 2 Week Fall Vacation
I forgot to take a picture of my outfits before we left home so that was the first order of business once we settled into our hotel in Boston. We stayed in a boutique hotel, The Verb, which was very conveniently located with a fun vibe.
Here’s what I packed:
- 2 solid color tees (turquoise, pink)
- 2 solid long sleeve mock turtleneck tops (white, yellow)
- pink, magenta and black ditsy floral print blouse
- pink, white, brown and black plaid flannel shacket
- dark gray boyfriend cardigan
- Aztec sweater/duster in tan, black, pink, yellow, turquoise)
- striped button front cardigan
- skinny black corduroy pants
- boot cut jeans
- flare jeans
- gray trail or hiking pants
- gray quick-dry activewear tee
- mint and gray zip front lightweight jacket
- yellow raincoat
- silk pajamas
- socks, underwear, sports bra, tee shirt bra
- black walking booties
- animal print slip-on shoes
And here are a few of those looks on me.
What’s in My Suitcase for 5 Days in Tennessee
In preparation for this post, I got out my carry-on and started thinking about the clothes and everything else I want to take when I head to Tennessee. Among the activities we have planned are hiking, shopping, attending the Crossville Apple Run festival, a University of Tennessee football game on Saturday and church on Sunday morning. And lots of scrapbooking.
Here’s what I have laid out to take:
See what I mean about liking to pack lots of colors and prints? I had this laid out then spoke with Valerie and she reminded me about going to church. She said their congregation shows up in everything but I like wearing a dress or dress pants to church. So, I grabbed an Old Navy dress I picked up on sale the end of last fall and never had a chance to wear. Added it to the collection. See it front and center with the fall floral print?
- denim shorts
- green utility pants
- dark chocolate brown wide-legged denim
- medium wash flare legged jeans
- black straight legged denim
- darker wash straight legged denim
- Tennessee Vols graphic tee
- cactus graphic tee that Val gave me
- cropped orange cardi
- green paisley top
- cropped black cardi
- long sleeved pink, magenta and black ditsy print blouse (same one from Boston trip)
- darker wash denim jacket
- blue and brown plaid shacket
- blue tee
- “blessed” graphic tee
- milk chocolate cami
- pink, brown, black plaid shacket
- brown booties
- black walking-friendly booties
- caramel colored ballet flats
- half slip
- shaping bike shorts
- pink camo lounge outfit to sleep in
- socks, underwear, tee shirt bra
Not Set in Stone
I am thinking that I probably need to add something like the hiking pants I took to Boston and pull out one of the dressier tops, either the rose print or the green paisley. And I have some new graphic tees ordered that are on their way and a black and white plaid shacket I scored on Poshmark arrives today. So, basically, all of this could change. Ha!! But it helps me to lay everything out to see what I have and what’s missing before I start rolling it together in outfits to stuff into my suitcase.
I have to add jewelry, too. Which I generally keep to just earrings. Maybe a bracelet or necklace. And my activity tracker watch.
There’s More But No Brisket This Time
Because I am going to Valerie’s, I will need to take scrapbooking supplies. She has oodles of things I can mooch off of but I have paper, photos, embellishments to pack. We have decided what pictures we want to scrapbook. Mom’s 95th birthday and my visit to Valerie’s last year. So I have set some of that aside to pack but will need to go back through my papers and decorations to be sure I have everything.
Not much on make-up so that doesn’t take up much room. Usually moisturizer, blush, mascara and if I am feeling fancy, eyeliner!! And of course, toiletries. Been known to forget the standard toothpaste and deodorant but I do use both!!
So, tell me true, what kinds of things would I find in YOUR suitcase, for a trip to Boston? A trip to your sister’s house – or mine?? Are there general kinds of things you pack, a packing formula you follow? Do you try to follow a color scheme or palette? Always pack layers? Do you buy new things for trips and vacations? One of the things I worry most about is shoes. I love my shoes and boots and like to take a variety of footwear to show off and to ensure that my feet are happy the whole time I am away, no matter what I am doing.
I always roll my clothes but I know that many gals use packing cubes. Have never tried them but wondered how you suck out the air and reseal the cubes once you open them the first time? Do you pack an air-sucker-outer in your suitcase? Recently pinned this article with great tips for packing including this video demonstrating clothes rolling at its most effective.
I need to get this published. Have much to do around here before I pick up PC from the airport in 2 hours!! He has been in Ohio visiting his mom, his son, Matt and his brother John. He’s coming home sick – poor guy. Planning to make him chicken and dumplings for supper and get him into bed early.
Please join me in visiting my Where Bloggers Live buddies for their take on today’s prompt. Have a restful, late summer weekend, my friends. Thank you for stopping by to spend a few moments of your day here with me.
P.S. Forgot to mention that I will be traveling home from Tennessee with my father’s antique typewriter. My sister has been keeping it for me. Not sure how that is going to look exactly just thankful PC won’t be along because it would embarrass him to death. Shhhh, don’t tell him.
Hugs and kisses,