What to pack in a carryon

carryonheaderBack in July you might have noticed I was on a few weekend getaways. One was the trip to Oregon, another was exploring Japantown San Francisco, and thirdly my husbands 7th Ironman triathlon race (spot the brown delsey in the trunk!) . I have to admit! I’m kinda glad things are settling down a bit more. Whoowee.

delsey-suitcaseThe most questions I received about any of my trips, was, where are your suitcases from? Whether it was from friends on social media, or stewardesses on airplanes. They all loved and raved about our Delsey suitcases!

delsey-and-magI had always intended on bringing one carry-on luggage and now I’m going to show you how to pack lightly for a three-day trip. Tips, tricks on how-to lighten your load, and packing your items practically.

I prefer to keep like-items in packing cubes so you’ll see a reoccurring trend here.

epi-pen-and-allergyTech gear + Allergy Pills
Items such as my vitamins/allergy medication, epi-pen, my phone and camera chargers, and extra SD cards will be transported in one packing cube.

I have been doing this ever since my Mom started packing my bags for me when I went away to camp, and I’m surprised how often it’s not shown on blogs. Either people don’t know about it, or they forget to show it. But it’s a must-do when I travel. Saran wrap the caps of everything. Nothing ever leaks out of my containers when I seal the travel-sized jars with saran wrap prior to packing. I also like to pack my liquids in my carry-on last, because you’re going to need to take it out anyway at the airport.

makeupHair + Makeup 
My hair and makeup products aren’t sorted into a packing cube, but they are still contained into the one area via a makeup bag. I try to bring as little as possible with regards to hair/makeup. Travel-sized items are the way to go, and that way you can almost guarantee you’ll use up most of the products during your travels, thus lightening your load on the way back home. My stowaway cosmetics, drybar goodies and mini lancôme products came in handy.

Fossil-PursePre-boarding/In-Flight Essentials
I like to carry my valuables with me at all times. I used my Fossil Emi Saddle Bag to carry my passport, IDs/cash, and my phone. That’s all I need, give or take a magazine or two which I bought at the airport. I have a mini muji notebook, with 2 hair elastics and my bobbi pins stuck to it. You don’t need to bring a whole slew of ’em!

I brought 2 pairs of pants, 3 tops, and 2 dressy blazers for the dinners. Everything I brought complimented each other so I could wear any article of clothing together, and they’d match. Last tip is to roll-roll-roll! I find that this saves the most space and allows for extra items for you to bring. I didn’t need that much, but rolling my clothing into my suitcase is second nature, so I keep doing it.

delsey-whiteYou might remember this Delsey suitcase in a gorgeous champagne colour from December when I went on a trip to Palm Springs. I also have it in a nice light chocolate brown shade too. Mr. Spiffykerms was actually the first one to take our nice white carry-on on an airplane, and now that I’ve reserved (the same style: Delsey 19″ Chatelet) his brown suitcase for him, it was my turn to use this one first. Heh! DIBS!

carry-on-and-purseI don’t often do quick trips, since the only places we really travel via airplane is right across the North American continent, back home to Newfoundland. I’m not the lightest packer by any means but I have learned a lot from reading packing light blog posts from other friends.

delseysDisclaimer: My Fossil purse, and the Delsey luggage were both sent for review. 

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What to pack for BlissDom Canada

In just a few short long days (time is crawling by since I’m so excited to attend) I’ll be on my way to Mississauga for a blissful adventure attending the big Canadian blogging conference known as BlissDom Canada. All thanks to Chevrolet Canada for giving me the VIP treatment — hosting me at the Delta Meadowvale, along with the 2½ day BlissDom conference pass.

For the past few weeks I’ve been slowly putting together a packing list of what to bring. That way, I don’t stress out and forget anything, whether it be a small weekend getaway like BlissDom, or a week long trip to Newfoundland.

Since I blog about basically everything I do lately, why not also blog about what I’ll be packing for BlissDom? Seemed like the thing to do!

I scribbled out what I thought was necessary to pack.


Then put it all on the bed to see if it’d all fit in my small carry on luggage. I don’t know why I decided on bringing a small carry on, I don’t plan on flying. I’m driving there myself. Basically I planned out my outfits and packed that way. I find that easier than packing shirts I like, or pants I enjoy wearing. Putting outfits together saves me luggage space so I can fit swag!what-to-pack-for-blissdom

Spot the Make Up For Ever bag?  I have a little something up my sleeve with this tote. I’ll be tweeting my whereabouts and carrying it around throughout the event. 11 lucky BlissDom attendees will receive a little treat from Make Up For Ever. :) I’m not allowed to tweet those two together since MUFE isn’t a paying attendee. So I’ll have to give you samples OFF the conference floor.

I know, it may seem lame but yes, that is a folder that I’m bringing with me. It’s all of my to-do lists! I can be organized you know.my-blissdom-folder

Also, my makeup and hair essentials are coming with me.makeup-bag-for-BlissDomHonestly, I don’t think it really matters at all, what you pack for a blogging conference. Bring your fun attitude, smile, and business cards, and you’ll be set. I know it may feel overwhelming but rest assured many many other people are feeling the exact same way. So if you see anyone lurking in the corner being shy, or someone by themselves — walk up and talk to them. Introduce yourself and you’ll meet new friends.

I will have SO much fun! I’m so excited to meet new friends, hang out with Shannon (my old coworker) and have a blast!

As for the clothing? Everyone will be wearing what they feel most comfortable in. I’m not the type of person who wears dresses or skirts often so I don’t know if I’ll be glamorous for the Great Canadian Outdoors Party – Glamping style, but we’ll see! I have an idea that I may follow through with :).

I hope to be able to blog during the evenings after each day. But I’m not sure how practical it is to blog on my iPad. I’ll be taking photos with my fancy camera. I may have to do recap posts when I get back. What do you think? Suggestions? I am warning you now, I am going to be very active on twitter during the event on Thursday through Saturday. Wee!

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