HOW TO PACK A SINGLE CARRY ON FOR A THREE DAY CONFERENCE
1) Pick a comfortable pair of shoes and plan your outfits around them I chose a pair of super old Marc Jacobs heels that I purchased brand new on eBay for $30 years ago. They are patent black with cute – not overly obnoxious – bows, which I also know pair well with opaque tights. Conference rooms in hotels can be super cold, so layering and pants and/or opaque tights are usually a must for me. The heels have a high-ish heel, but nothing that would make it uncomfortable to walk from room to room, or to stand on my feet several hours a day.
2) Pick a color, any color! Because my shoes were black, I decided to go with a black base for all of my outfits. Hence, I packed the following:
- 1 black blazer
- 2 black and white dresses
- 2 tops (in case I needed options)
- 2 necklaces
- 1 pair of earrings
- 2 pairs of opaque tights (just in case I happened to ruin a pair somehow)
My strategy was to wear my coat on the plane and wear pants that I could wear on my return flight. So, I packed a second top to wear with those same pants on the way back. I also wore my second pair of shoes on the plane. In this case, I wore knee high boots just in case I should happen to need to walk outdoors somewhere, in the snow.
A single carry-on and a tote to carry during the conference. Oh yes, and my morning coffee.
My luggage from the inside. This photo was actually taken when I got home, but as you can see, my luggage was not over-packed. The silver bag is a large tote that I like to carry in case I happen to go shopping while traveling and need to carry the excess with me on my way back. :D Always best to be prepared!
Because I chose to work during times when I wasn’t in sessions, I ended up ordering a lot of room service. Did you know that you can order from the kids menu and not only pay less, but actually get a greater variety of food than when ordering from the adult menu?? I had no idea! I’ll definitely be doing this from now on!
What are your tricks for packing for work-trips?
Chic in Academia is always looking for tips and tricks, so feel free to leave any you think might be helpful for me in the comments section below or tweet me @berthahidalgo
xoxo Bertha Hidalgo Chic In Academia