2/20/2010 03:58:00 PM Ashley 2 Comments

Off to Colorado for a week and I couldn't be more happy about it. It's snowing there right now, which of course means that it's cold. It's not snowing or cold here right now, in fact it's been close to the 60's here the past few days. This makes packing interesting as I have been living in short sleeved items. In fact most of my heavy duty sweaters are packed away because I never use them here. So after some quick searing I think I have everything I need for a week of bliss.

First I'll share my product packing...

The amount and size of products I take is based on the trip and the length. If it's a shorter trip I will try to take travel sized items, especially if it's only a day or two and I'm flying. Seeing as this will be a trip in a car, I can take a bit more, though normally I will set my things out like this and then pair them down (which I did after I took this picture).

Here are a few must haves for me:
  1. Shampoo and Conditioner (I never know what they will have at the hotel)
  2. Deodorant
  3. Toothbrush and toothpaste
  4. Eye drops
  5. Face wash
  6. Moisturizer
  7. Cuticle clippers and cream
  8. Perfume

For make up I love taking pallets, they tend to have a lot of colors in them, are compact in size and I don't have to worry about a lot of individual eyeshadow pots rolling around, though I do have a a few pots that I usually always take me (MAC shadow in Vanilla and MAC pigment in Melon). I took one from Smashbox that is the browns with the green and one from MAC's holiday line which is mostly purples.

Onto my clothing:

When it comes to picking what I wear, I like to lay it out on my bed. It really helps me visualize what I have, what I need and what just isn't going to work.

For this trip I have three sweaters, one of which is more of a shrug that I can toss over a variety of tops. I also have a black blazer, which goes with everything. I then have a few tank tops that I can layer under things. I also then have a few basic cotton/jersey type tops that can be mixed and matched. For this trip I am only taking pants, of which I have two pairs of denim (light and dark) which is always a good idea for me with the way I spill things on myself. The other two pairs of pants are a lightweight wool in a black and a lighter cotton type pant in winter white. I always pack a few extra tops for just in case moments, like going out or spills.

From L-R:
Puma: Love these sports flats, they are quick and easy to throw on and super comfy.
Kenneth Cole: Great bronze flats that go with everything.
Banana Republic: Wonderful taupe color with a wood heel and a square toe.
Seychelles: Black suede shoe with a thick heel covered in glitter.
Kenneth Cole: Boots that I have had forever. Great heel height.

Of course there has to be shoes. Not going to lie, I'm usually awful at picking shoes...I take way too many. What can I say? I like to have choices. This time I think I did fairly well and kept the shoes to a good minimum.

Dressy belts for use over sweaters. My basic belt will be worn on the drive up.

Before I go, I wanted to share with you a packing helper that I love.


This is my packing helper from Knock Knock. I don't know what I would do without this list. It reminds me of anything and everything I could ever think of, or forget about it. If you travel a lot, look into this brilliance on paper.

How do you pack for trips? Do you over pack or under pack?


  1. I love packing posts! Drooling over your make-up :)

  2. I tend to be very detailed and a little anal with my packing so I guess that puts me in the "over packing" club.

    I carry travel sized everything (aside from make-up) and place all of these in small ziplocks. I also carry my eye shadow palettes in a separate (large) ziplock. Other upkeep items I carry in a regular make-up bag.

    I tend to carry 2 jeans, a skirt, a dress, 2 cardigans, 2 jackets (one can be a blazer) and lots of tees and tanks to layer. 1 pair of dressy shoes, flip flops, boots and a pair of chuck taylors. I end up bringing a bag small enough for carry on but since I over pack it never fits and I have to pay the airline baggage fee. It's something I need to work on.