In less than two weeks Jen and I will be heading off to Las Vegas for the Wedding MBA, a conference for businesses in the wedding industry. I have wanted to go for several years so I am pretty excited about finally making it happen. Aside from the work part, Las Vegas will be new to both of us and we both admit we are hoping to squeeze some fun into the trip as well.
Despite our excitement and anticipation of all that we will learn and see, I have begun to realize that as someone who doesn’t do a lot of traveling outside of loading up our fifth wheel, I really don’t know much about packing well. For that reason, I thought it would be fun to do a small series to share what I have been learning and maybe help some of you in the process.
I have always been an over-packer so doing a little pre-planning seemed like a good idea to make sure I am taking everything I need without going overboard. I decided to first do some research online about packing wisely and then start with a list which I broke out into two categories. One category is for my carry-on which is actually my personal item which for me is basically a tote that will carry a variety of things. The second category is my suitcase which will go in the overhead compartment which will contain my clothing.
If you are a list maker or plan to do so for your packing, you can make your list however it makes sense to you. For my clothing I broke out each day and listed outfits for each day we will be traveling.
For my carry-on or personal item, I am planning a tote bag. I knew there would be a few things that had to go in this bag and then the rest was more for the flights to keep myself occupied. My research helped me pinpoint some things that I should consider including such as noise cancelling headphones and a mini first aid kit that includes some meds for a headache or stomach issues, some sleep aids that will be perfect for our flight home, etc.
I’m not ready to officially pack yet but here’s what will likely go in my tote bag.
- My Personal Item / Tote Bag: I plan to use my Tote as my day bag going to and from the conference. It’s perfect for lugging my computer, notebook, pens and a bottle of water but lightweight enough that it wont weigh me down.
- My Computer: Rather than hand-writing notes to type up after I get home, I’ll save myself some work by typing my notes as I go. I will also be able to keep up with emails while we are away.
- Pens: I love using different colors to make certain notes stand out and so a few will be traveling with me.
- Some reading for the plane. We are trying to improve our understanding and use of social media so why not take advantage of some down time. I’ll also be taking some magazine for fun as well.
- Toiletries: I can pack most of my toiletries in my suitcase but a toothbrush and some chapstick, etc. are good to have on hand if I need them.
- First Aid Kit: A few sterile wipes, some head and stomach pills and some band-aids should cover most minor issues during travel.
- Technology Accessories: My multi-usb port, batter pack for my phone and tablet and my power cords all pack up nice and neat in one pouch.
- Jewelry: I’m not taking a ton of jewelry but what I am taking, I prefer to have on me at all times. I also don’t want anything to get crushed or broken in my suitcase so it’s going in my tote.
- Small Notebook: I keep a notebook with me pretty much at all times and this trip will be no different. It’s a great way to capture random ideas or whatever that I can come back to later.
- Wallet: I planned my wallet so that I could also use it on its own if I need to. My wallet is big enough to hold my phone and has a wrist strap if I want to use it as a clutch for an evening out.
- Entertainment: This pouch includes my Kindle and tablet which I’ll use to keep myself occupied during the flight if I can’t sleep.
- Snacks: In addition to some water which I’ll pick up after we are through security, I’ll also be taking a few light snacks just in case I feel like I need something during the flight.
In addition to what’s here, I’m also planning on taking a scarf that I can use if I’m cool on the plane or rolled up as a pillow.
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We’d also love to hear about any of your travel / packing tips, how you prepare for a business trip or vacation, things you can’t travel without, etc.