Weekend Packing

I'm a chronic over-packer, never sure what I'll feel comfortable wearing so I stuff as many items as I can into the biggest bag I can carry. Inevitably when I arrive at my destination I end up wearing the same one or two outfits the entire time, borrowing items, or buying something new (which never fits in my bag to return home).

I do have some smart packing habits: checking the destination weather, identifying the types of outfits I'll need (casual, cocktail, office), and always bringing presentable loungewear. For my short trip to New Jersey for Thanksgiving I tried to pack light and smart - bringing just a few items that can be mixed & matched providing a flexible, fun and manageable travel wardrobe. I'll be at my parents' for 3-4 days with plans to see some friends, run a few suburb-errands (read: go to Target & the Arc), celebrate Thanksgiving, and chill with my family. Let's get packing!


  1. Makeup Bag
  2. Jewel-Tone V-Neck Sweater (Target)
  3. White Long Sleeve Scoop Neck Tee (Old Navy)
  4. Camel Tan Boots (Payless)
  5. Sneakers (Nike)
  6. Book Club Reading - "Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl" by Carrie Brownstein
  7. Skinny Sweats (Old Navy)
  8. Plaid Button-Down (Old Navy)
  9. Chambray Button-Down (Old Navy)
  10. Infinity Scarf (Lee Lee's Forest)
  11. Sweater Belt (Vintage)
  12. Black Tights (We Love Colors)
  13. Patterned Tunic Dress (Old Navy)
  14. Dark Wash Skinny Jeans (StitchFix)
  15. Mismatched Earrings
  16. Key Necklace (The Giving Keys) & Pen Necklace (Kate Spade)
  17. Knit Cap (Prima Donna)



  • CHOOSE A COLOR PALETTE that works for the season and pairs well. I've chosen bold primary colors with dark & light neutrals, because I love splashes of color!
  • PACK VERSATILE ITEMS that can be layered and/or worn several ways. Button-down collared shirts are a great travel choice - they can be worn alone, as well as over or under another top. My chambray even looks great under the tunic dress! Added bonus: sleeves can be rolled up or down to accommodate moderate temperature changes.
  • PREPARE FOR THE WEATHER. Autumn temperatures are unpredictable, so in addition to layerble items I always grab a scarf and hat that can pair with anything in my bag.
  • BE HONEST ABOUT YOUR STYLE to avoid packer's remorse. (Yes, it's a real thing!) I enjoy trying new styles and dressing up, but most days I just want to be comfortable. Pack items that can be combined into several casual and more dressy styles, to your personal taste.
  • IF YOU DON'T WEAR IT AT HOME, YOU WON'T WEAR IT. I used to always pack workout gear on any trip I'd take. Sounds smart, except that I almost never work out. Try to avoid being an aspirational packer - opt for items you wear often and are familiar with - they'll be easier to pair and you'll be most comfortable in them.
  • HAVE FUN! If you have a favorite top or accessory that doesn't really fit your theme - pack it anyway! You'll be glad you have it and may even be surprised at how you can work it into an outfit.
  • DON'T FORGET YOUR TRAVEL ESSENTIALS. I (try to) never travel without wrinkle spray, a stain stick, a small purse, sunglasses, headphones, my mophie, chapstick, lotion, a pen or pencil and a journal or sketchbook. 

I've only shown a few of the possible outfit combinations here, but I think you get the general idea! These items easily fit into my weekend tote with room to spare for my travel essentials and any small items I may purchase on my trip.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and if you are traveling, happy packing!