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Compact Packing for a Road Trip

Compact Packing for a Road Trip

My mom and I are leaving for a four-day road trip to a beautiful Southern town this morning. I’m looking forward to spending time with her, wandering around hidden gardens (no pics allowed), eating great food, and just getting away from it all.

I’ve already mentioned I hate to pack. I also need light luggage (it’s an age and health thing). The weather’s taken a cool turn after some very warm days, and we’re going to be tromping around in the likely wet flora and fauna quite a bit. But we’ll also being eating at some nice restaurants. So unlike last week’s beach trip with Dear Hubby, I’ll be seen quite a bit more in public ๐Ÿ˜›

Normally, a skirt and dress lover (guys, I do not own a single pair of shorts), I decided to go very low maintenance for this trip, taking all skinny jeans that can be cuffed or rolled up for the crop look, tee-shirts and boat-neck blouses, two cover-ups, and two scarves. Any style-waffling is going to center on my accessories, which are much lighter packing than extra clothes.

Here’s what’s going, including travel clothes:

Necklace (Jewel Box); turquoise ana jeans (jcp); red Nine West American Vintage jeans (Steinmart); dark wash Nine West American Vintage jeans (Steinmart last year); YMI elastic waist jeggings (very old Rugged Wearhouse)
Necklace and ring (Charming Charlies); Earrings (Steinmart); Blue tee (old Rugged Wearhouse); Two Loft tees (clearance and outlet)
Red Loft cami; UK black boatneck (Sears $11); Loft boatneck (thrifted); Coral striped tee (Loft sale); Necklace (Jewel Box); Ring (Forever 21)
Shrug (old Ross Dress for Less); Necklace (thrifted); Earrings and owl necklace (street vendors in Wilmington)
Denim jacket with peplum (very old Marshall’s clearance $10); Owl earrings (street vendor)
$2.99 scarf (Rugged Wearhouse); Blue scarf (old); Clutch from 60s (from my beloved aunt who died last year)

Everything rolls up in a small suitcase (carry-on size if we were flying), and since we’re driving, I can throw my galoshes and rain coat in Mom’s car.

What are your favorite things to pack for short, active road trips, where you have to be a little dressy now and again?

7 Responses to Compact Packing for a Road Trip

  1. Looks like you've created a good capsule wardrobe with a strong color scheme and remix potential.

    I am a sucky traveler. I pack anything and everything to take with me in case I might need it. A night at my mom's means enough clothes for three days, my blanket, toiletries… it probably looks like I'm moving. Haha.

  2. I learned how to pack from watching Rick Steves on PBS. I can survive 2 weeks on 2 pants, 2 skirts and 4 shirts. I just make sure that everything is interchangeable…either all black/grey/blues…or all brown/ivory/oranges. It has serves me well for many years!


  3. Oh man. I have so much trouble packing. egads, I start off really well, and then I freak and start throwing everything into my suitcase. I can't believe that you don't own any shorts! But actually, the number that I own is starting to dwindle ๐Ÿ™

  4. Wow, you're going to look great! I don't own any shorts either. haha A skirt covers more of my legs, which I like…or I'll wear crop pants. It doesn't get that hot here anyway.
    Have a fun trip!

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