If you thought my Type-A agenda planning was bordering on madness, you may be even more concerned with the way I pack a suitcase. But ohemgee, this kind of thing gets me completely high.
On tour, I was the one designated to pack our gear into the trailer. My whole crew was proud of the way I could maneuver an entire 4-piece band’s touring paraphernalia into a tiny space. I excel at the real-life version of Tetris.
When packing for BlogHer ’12, I knew I’d have a lot of stuff to bring along. I’m in NYC five full days plus a morning for our flight so I needed 6 outfits at a minimum plus some extra items for special events like parties and dinner with my husband. I also needed to pack a box of my personal swag to give out. With all this, I first assumed that I’d need to go with a big suitcase and check my baggage.
But airlines have lost my baggage before, and I really cannot imagine surviving NYC with NO clothes and NONE of my blog swag to hand out. That would be an absolute NIGHTMARE. This exact thing happened to me when my band traveled to London some years ago to be on Top of the Pops and do some other promotional stuff. I got there and had NO clothes to wear. I had to borrow something ill-fitting from the label rep because I couldn’t afford to replace anything, so I went on Top of the Pops looking less than my best. Not my finest moment.
Thinking about this made me decide that come hell or high water, my clothes and swag were going in a carry-on. Next I just had to figure out how. Ah, but this is my specialty!
I saw a great slide show from the NYT Business section showing “10 Days in a Carry-On” and it’s a GREAT one. But, aesthetics mean a lot to me, so I wanted my suitcase to look more organized that hers did. I was also packing some items that I felt needed extra care (read, chiffon with sequin detailing), so I wanted them wrapped inside another cloth for extra protection.
So here’s my show and tell!
What’s in the bag:
- 4 pairs of shorts
- 2 Skirts
- 1 pair of Jeans
- 6 shirts
- 2 Cardigans
3 Pairs of Shoes:
- Strappy heals
- Gladiator-style sandals
- 1 pretty nighty
- 1 cami/capri set
- 9 pairs of underwear
- 4 bras
- 1 tank with built-in bra
- 3 Belts
- Flat Iron
- Makeup bag
- 1 Quart bag with toiletries
Blog Swag to Give Out
- 100 Blog Buttons
- 250 Business Cards
- 250 Post Cards (for our ROYO session)
But HOW did I do that? Easy – rolling and Tetrising, natch!
Just grab a pillow case out of your closet, lay it down, and start stacking your shirts. When you’re done, fold it in half and start rolling it up tightly until you’ve got yourself a clothes burrito! It will pack all those shirts into a fraction of the space while keeping them far more organized.
Next up! BOTTOMS! Same idea.
After you’ve rolled everything, place these items toward the bottom of the suitcase. This should only take up about 1/2 of the bag. Then place shoes around the inside perimeter of the suitcase. Next, lay in your other items (Makeup bag, hairbrush, etc.) at the top.
In the top mesh part of the suitcase, I placed in my underwear, bras, and belts. This is how it looks when it’s completely finished.
Don’t forget to utilize the outside pockets!
I ALWAYS ALWAYS (well, since 2006) carry my 1 Qt toiletries in the OUTSIDE zipper pocket of my carry on, that way they’re quick to whip out for the security screening and quick to put away without disturbing any of the rest of the bag.
And there’s my 100% packed BlogHer12 bag!