I may or may not have started writing this back in March…..
Anyway, I love packing. I enjoy writing packing lists and putting together what I’m going to wear for a trip. I love figuring out ways to be a lighter packer and bring just the right amount of stuff.
I know…..It’s strange. Back in February I started planning for my trip to Florida this summer. Now it is so close!
We are driving so I don’t have a certain weight but I am still trying to not over pack. We will be in Florida for 13 days and will do laundry once so I need enough clothes to last 6 days. Anyway, enjoy!
I want to start this post by sharing a few of my favorite posts that I read about packing and also printables I’ve found (they helped me so much!).
The Ultimate Packing List for Florida
Useful Packing Printables for Packing (you will need to subscribe to access them)
Road Trip Essentials
Before anything else, I wrote a packing list. Then, I gathered everything and put it on my bed. I tried to pick things that mix and match together. I brought pieces that could make multiple outfits, be comfortable, and look nice for pictures. I ended up with eight tops, but two of them are cover-ups and one is to exercise in as well. I recommend minimal bottoms because they can be re worn and should match every or almost every top.
*This is almost everything I brought!*
Once I had everything together, I packed the bag I am bringing in the car. In here I have things to do and essentials. I am bringing my backpack because it is big enough for everything I need but also old so it is ok if it gets dirty.
I am bringing one book (but it is a three in one!) called Kissed. It is by Cameron Dokey and I really liked the other in the series. I’m also bringing my journal, a notebook I write blog stuff in, a coloring book, pens and markers, my wallet, camera, phone, and some toiletries.
I’ll also put together a snack bag before I go and fill up my reusable water bottle.
After that comes my suitcase. I brought this one from LL Bean:
When I packed everything it I started by putting everything from the bed and placing it on separate sides of the suitcase.
I opened the bottom part of my bag and put the plastic bags and swim suits in between the bottom of the suitcase.
On top of that I put my Ziploc bag full of bottoms, my cardigan, and my purse. I like to use Ziploc bags because they can compress things and decrease wrinkling. I definitely recommend them if you aren’t going to use packing cubes. I only needed two. One for shirts and a second big one (2.5 gallon to be specific) pants and my overalls. The only thing that didn’t fit in was my black cardigan for over my dress.
I did the same thing on the other side as well.
Chargers and outfit planner
In the front two pockets I put my toiletries bag, chargers bag, hairbrush, and outfit planner.
I didn’t have that much to pack because my mom packed some stuff for all of us (like shampoo) and she packed our shoes in a separate bag.
I’m not sure if I’ll have access to wi-fi in Florida so hopefully my posts will go up without problems and I’ll reply to comments when I return. Also, I will be posting a travel diary so look forward to that!
If you are interested in a full PDF of what I packed for Florida you can click Packing List for Florida 2017. I’m also thinking about posting how I packed for my mission’s trip because I could not find any blog posts about that when I was looking it up online. Packing for a mission’s trip is so different and I’ve learned so much after being on one. So, if you would be interested in seeing that leave me a comment!
What is something that you like to do that is not ordinary (mine are organizing and packing 😛 )?
Have a blessed day!