8 Days, 14 Outfits, 1 Carry-on

It all starts with a list…

As I mentioned in the last post, years ago I created what I like to think of as my “universal packing list”. It has any items necessary for our trips: winter/cold weather, summer/hot weather, camping, and so on.

Click of a larger image

Click of a larger image

This is not necessarily where I begin, however. Usually it starts with a lot of daydreaming at my desk, or in the middle of the night, when I’ll get inspired by what I’d like to bring with me and I start jotting those ideas down. This is usually a messy process that requires me to create charts and ruin a lot of perfectly good sheets of loose leaf paper. Then, after several “drafts” of my packing list, I’ll create a neatly typed version and put it someplace I will be able to access it easily.

I like to plan out outfits in advance based on what I feel good in at the time and based on our plans and itinerary.

I like to plan out outfits in advance based on what I feel good in at the time and based on our plans and itinerary.

In this case, I taped it into my travel journal, which I use more as a planning map than I do a journal. Even for me, this felt like a lot of items to carry and I was worried that it might not fit in my 21″ carry-on, which is the only suitcase I plan on bringing for myself. I’m usually pretty ambitious about how much I can fit in a small bag, and remain under weight requirements, but Florida is pretty straight forward in terms of weather during this time of year — hot, hot, wet, rainy, hot, hot. Easy enough to prepare for, because even when it’s wet and rainy it’s still hot. Therefore, my next step was to just lay everything out and see what I was actually dealing with.

Travel sized face soap, razor, cleansing wipes, cotton pads, razor, Roberts shampoos, tooth paste, makeup remover, makeup brush cleaning spray, travel sized deodorant for me, 2 travel size body washes, 2 shampoos and 2 conditioners for me, and a dry shampoo spray.

I prefer to get most of my travel sized toiletries from Harmon Discount Beauty Supply stores. I just think they have a better and larger selection than my local CVS and Stop & Shops. Robert and I will buy shaving cream and sunscreen when we get down there, because between the both of us for 8 days we will use a full size bottle, or nearly so, of each. He will obviously be bringing his own deodorant and razor, which isn’t pictured here.

Don't forget your Magic Bands & Disney themed hair bows.

Don’t forget your Magic Bands & Disney themed hair bows.

I will actually pack the box the magic bands came in, and very likely put our reservation paperwork and other Disney related paperwork and information in the bottom of the box. I’d just rather have everything in one place, in the event that the magic bands get finicky.

Cant go to Florida without plenty of bathing suits! I plan on swimming nearly every day so having a variety of bathing suits will give the others ample time to dry.

Can’t go to Florida without plenty of bathing suits! I plan on swimming nearly every day so having a variety of bathing suits will give the others ample time to dry. I also plan on bringing 1 one-piece bathing suit for our day at the waterpark.

Theme park attire. Running shorts are often made of quick drying or water resistant materials which will come in handy for water rides on humid days, I try not to bring a bag or too much excess with me to the theme parks because its too hot to carry things around. The Magic Bands will have our credit card information and park tickets, and I have a charging phone case for some extra battery life on my cellphone. Ill bring my ID with me in the pocket of my running shorts, and likely nothing else.

Theme park attire. Running shorts are often made of quick drying or water resistant materials which will come in handy for water rides on humid days, I try not to bring a bag or too much excess with me to the theme parks because its too hot to carry things around. The Magic Bands will have our credit card information and park tickets, and I have a charging phone case for some extra battery life on my cellphone. Ill bring my ID with me in the pocket of my running shorts, and likely nothing else.

Some evening outfits for dinners out, still pretty casual but a little nicer than running gear.

Some evening outfits for dinners out, still pretty casual but a little nicer than running gear. 😉

4 Tank Tops and 1 pair of shorts for casual daytime attire. I don't mind rewearing shorts several times in a row.

4 Tank Tops and 1 pair of shorts for casual daytime attire. I don’t mind rewearing shorts several times in a row.

 

My one piece or close to outfits: 2 knee length dresses, 1 romper, 1 pair of overalls and a crop top, and 1 maxi dress.

One piece (or close to) outfits: 2 knee length dresses, 1 romper, 1 pair of overalls and a crop top, and 1 maxi dress.

It all folded up smaller than I anticipated! Now were off to the races...

It all folded up smaller than I anticipated! Now we’re off to the races…

Ready...Set...Go!

Ready…Set…Go!

Hope you enjoyed seeing my packing process. It’s still a little early so this was just a dry run, I will have to add the shoes I plan to bring, but the general idea will remain the same. Share your packing tricks in the comment section if you feel like sharing, I’d love to hear how you prepare for quick trips!

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