Packing List for Winter Travels | Including PDF

Happy December! Today I’m on my way to see family in Chicago, for a long weekend, and I can’t wait to get there! Traveling around the holidays is always fun for me because I get to go on an adventure and see people I love. I think that I have stream-lined my packing process, over the years, and there are a few packing lists that I use depending on the time of the year/weather/destination. Today I have a packing list for you to view and use if you are traveling over the holidays or in the winter months to come. Feel free to download this list for your future use–I have the attachment linked below.

This packing list can be modified depending on your mode of transportation–but for the most part, here are the basics that you might need when traveling.

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**Download My Winter Packing List**

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Flashback Friday Travels: Spain

Some days I just feel like I would rather be traveling. Does anyone else feel that way? I have had the travel bug a lot lately because I’m starting to think about where I want to go next year and make plans in my head. I’ve enjoyed writing about my previous travels in the Flashback Friday Travels posts and today I’m sharing some photos of when I went to Spain. I visited Spain in 2013, after spending a week in Portugal, and traveled with family and friends. The trip to Spain was so fun because we road tripped from Portugal and visited mainly Seville and Madrid. I hope you enjoy these photos–it is times like this that I wish I would have taken more!

Seville

My obsession of unique doors continues…

Seville Cathedral

The Alcazar of Seville

Cafe Con Leche…had so many of these!

Road tripping!

Madrid

Of course we went to a gluten-free bakery!

Royal Palace of Madrid

Alhambra in Granada, Spain

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George : Coffee + Provisions

When I was in Dallas last week, I spent quite a bit of time working and drinking coffee at George : Coffee + Provisions in Coppell, TX. This coffee-house was opened this summer and since then it has become a hub of activity and place of gathering. George is such a warm, welcoming, and inviting environment for meetings, studying, or just for an awesome cup of coffee. The owners, Christian and Laura, put their heart into everything that represents George and in turn it has becoming the heart of the Coppell community. I was able to take some photos of the coffee-house and couldn’t wait to share them with you. If you are ever in the Dallas Fort Worth area of Texas–please go by George and support this local business!

Welcome to George

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I think I may have had most of the different latte flavors, cold brew, and house coffee and they are all amazing. The coffee is very rich and full-bodied–so it’s sure to give you the caffeine fix that you need.

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I love the clean, bright, and fresh aesthetic of George! Don’t you just want to hang out there all day?

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There is also plenty of stall seating and a large room in the back, although it was so busy that I couldn’t get any photos without disturbing others. I hope you get the chance to visit George soon and that you love it as much as so many others do!

Flashback Friday Travels: France

I hope you’ve enjoyed the Flashback Friday Travels posts that I’ve written, because today I’m going to tell you about the trip that started it all–France. My first trip overseas was in the Spring of 2013 and it was to Paris, France. I went with my mom, a few sisters, my brother-in-law, nephew, and niece and had the best time. The getting-to-Paris-part was definitely interesting/memorable/stressful because we were all on different flights, we flew into different cities, and our international phone plan decided to not work. However, looking back, I wouldn’t have changed any part of that experience because it taught me that sometimes you have to be flexible when traveling, that you really have no control, and to remember the experience. I hope you enjoy these photos!

Sacré-Cœur Basilica

View of Paris from Sacré-Cœur

Arc de Triomphe on Champs-Élysées

Versailles–Château de Versailles

One day we took the train to Versailles and spent the day walking the palace gardens. So beautiful!

The Louvre Museum

We didn’t go into the museum but we walked past it every day because our Airbnb apartment was close by.

The Eiffel Tower on Champ de Mars

I love these teal doors! I tried to take a photo each time I saw a unique door.

We loved walking through markets every day–look at all the cheese! There were so many fromageries (cheese shops) and boulangeries (bakeries) that we would buy groceries from, instead of eating out each meal.

 

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Packing for a Long Weekend in One Bag

It’s September–my favorite month of the year!! Today in Oklahoma it is absolutely beautiful and that makes me so happy. I hope you are enjoying the first day of a new month and that you have a wonderful, long Labor Day weekend! A lot of people choose to travel when there are long weekends and I am no exception. I am leaving town to go see some family, who I haven’t seen in years, and I’m looking forward to spending some time with them. Also, because of the specific airline I needed to use to get to my destination, I am only allowed to take one bag, period, on my flight. When I found out that information my first thought was, “challenge accepted.” Today I am going to show you what kind of bag I am taking, how I got all the absolute necessities packed, what I am taking to wear on this trip, and what I decided to leave behind.

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I’m really excited to break in this bag and use it on this trip! I found this canvas duffel bag on Amazon and decided it was a good investment for me because of how much I travel and because some of my other luggage was work out. I like the canvas material, the black detail, and the leather straps. You can also get this bag in other colors, I’ll link it here. This bag is the perfect size for this trip because it does fit everything that I need.

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Sometimes I will use packing cubes to help compact items and I think I found these on GroopDealz a while back. For this trip, I used a small packing cube for my swimsuit, socks, compact raincoat, and a few other things.

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As far as getting everything in, I tried a few different methods to see which worked best. I folded clothes, tried another packing cube, and then found out that it was better to roll all of my shirts and lightweight items. Because my pants are thicker material, I just folded them and set them on top of the smaller packing cube.

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Because I do have limited space, I tried to make everything smaller and only take what I absolutely needed. I am taking a clutch purse that I can easily grab out of the main bag and one that holds the basics (i.e. passport, cash, mints, sunglasses, ear buds, pen, chapstick, protein bar, phone).

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Toiletries are something that I can over-pack because I’m always afraid of forgetting something. However, since I am going to see family members, I skipped all of the shower things like shampoo, conditioner, etc., because I know they will share.

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These shoes have been trusty sidekicks for months now (my Chacos have even lasted me 12 years) and they’re coming with me. These leather sandals and my Chacos are super comfortable and are versatile for wearing with different things. I am wearing a pair of sneakers to the airport and also because they are more bulky than my sandals.

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Makeup is also another thing that I can over-pack but I’m keeping it super simple this time and taking mostly travel-sized, basic products.

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Packing clothes has become so much easier than recent years for a couple of reasons. Number one is because all of my clothing is pretty much neutral and number two is because I actually really like and love wearing the clothes that I have. Aside from the clothes I’ll be wearing at the airport, I’m taking a pair of denim shorts and a pair of black linen pants–both of those can be worn with any of the tops I take. I’m taking a set of pajamas and a shorts for swimming and/or hiking. I’m taking two flannel shirts and a cardigan that can be layered and worn depending on what the weather will be like. All of the t-shirts below can also be worn with anything else that I pack. Making clothing versatile is something that helps to make the packing/traveling process so much easier, at least for me, because you really don’t have to think that much about what you’re going to wear.

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The things that I am leaving behind this trip are my Polaroid camera, extra toiletries, larger medicine bottles, and my regular laptop case. I always take my Polaroid camera with me to document trips but I decided to leave it this time for the sake of space and the fact that I will have my phone with me. The extra toiletries I just didn’t need this time and if I do–I can always go get some or ask a family member if I can use theirs. I put a few medications into a Dramamine tube, put it in the side of my purse, and it didn’t take up any room at all. I took my laptop out of its regular case and put it into a drawstring back that I can wedge in between my rolled clothes.

Ok, so that is how packing went this time! I hope that, if you are traveling this weekend, you have a wonderful time and that these tips have been helpful. What are your plans for Labor Day?

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