Traveling Light

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I am a woman that travels light.  I have not checked a bag in years.  Whether I am gone for five days or two, I pack a carry-on.  I used to pack with the mindset of outfit options.  “I may wear this, I may wear that”…but as time went on, I discovered this kind of thinking meant a heavy, heavy suitcase and a bag full of clean clothes when I got home.  Which of course seems like a waste. When I travel, I am moving, I’ve got places to go – I am definitely not in my hotel changing clothes.  : )  I may pack an extra shirt option, but for the most part, my outfits are planned before I leave.  Also, when I arrive somewhere, I am ready to get going.  I loathe waiting at Baggage Check!

The fact that I adore my bag pictured above (it was the best gift!) motivates me to fit everything in it no matter the event.  I LOVE carrying that little suitcase.  I feel so stylish!  A few other luggage options have caught my eye as of late, and I thought I would share them with you.  These are all carry-on size so no checking bags/luggage lost/time lost for you!


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luggage 2

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I’m headed to Cali this weekend, and my little bag is going with me!

What kind of packer are you?

Written by Grace


16 Responses to “Traveling Light”

  1. Sue May 10, 2016 at 8:56 am #

    This is inspiring! I am the worst packer. I just stuff everything in there and hope for the best. Maybe if I had a cute little bag, I would be motivated to plan better!

    • Grace May 11, 2016 at 2:15 am #

      A cute bag seriously helps!!! xo, G

  2. lisa May 10, 2016 at 8:57 am #

    Vintage look is so fun

    • Grace May 11, 2016 at 2:16 am #

      Thanks Lisa!

  3. Emily Henderson May 10, 2016 at 10:38 am #

    Okay, you and I are definitely not related. I always overpack, and we travel a bunch. Sigh….. I need to do better!

    • Grace May 11, 2016 at 2:17 am #

      You will! xo And really, it doesn’t matter, I just found my mind is more organized when I travel with a smaller bag.

  4. CM May 10, 2016 at 1:09 pm #

    My problem with carrying on is liquids. If it’s a long trip, there’s no way I can fit all the potions and products necessary to my beauty routine in a single Ziploc bag. Plus, I hate fighting people for space in the overhead bins. I love the idea of being carryon-only, though, so if you have any tips, please share!

    • Grace May 11, 2016 at 2:18 am #

      I buy tiny little Ziploc bags and squirt the number of pumps I need into them for the number of days I am gone. Works great! Hope that helps, thank you so much for commenting! G

  5. Anonymous May 10, 2016 at 1:20 pm #

    I wish you would post a picture of your bag before you go to California. I don’t know how you do this. What about all of your hair products and makeup? My makeup bag alone could fill up
    your little suitcase!

    • Grace May 11, 2016 at 2:19 am #

      I will try to remember that! I can tell you that all of my clothes are rolled very tightly, and I put all of my liquidy toiletries in small Ziploc bags!

  6. Kelly Kay May 10, 2016 at 1:46 pm #

    I love this post. But most of all, since I am your dear friend, I LOVE reading the comments asking how you possibly fit all of your make up & hair products in to your bag. People, people. I don’t know how to properly explain the Grace Mitchell beauty routine. Just think of a beautiful, colorful bird. They sleep on a perch, beak under wing, wake up and begin to sing; not a feather out of place. This is Grace Mitchell in the morning. She’s a freak! She hops out of bed, spends NINETY SECONDS getting ready from bedside to hotel door, looks smashing and then waits for the rest of us, wondering how … and why … and what world event will take place before we are ready. It is maddening. However! … Traveling with her has inspired me to pack more thoughtfully and therefore I have not had to check a bag in a long time, even though I am a normal woman that needs umpteen products to feel presentable in the morning. Think travel-size bottles galore and double-duty outfit pieces. Love you G!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Any other Grace Mitchell travel gals that can weigh in on this anomaly of a woman?

    • Grace May 11, 2016 at 2:21 am #

      So this made me laugh and laugh. I have never been called a “beautiful, colorful bird”, and I kind of love it. 😉 I’m not sure how smashing I look, but I am speedy. Maybe sharing a bathroom with my brothers helped me with that. 🙂 Love you so much KK!

      PS – I will always be happy to wait on you. 🙂

  7. Val May 10, 2016 at 2:21 pm #

    I can tell I would like your friend Kelly Kay very much! That was a hilarious comment. It made my afternoon!

    • Grace May 11, 2016 at 2:21 am #

      HA!! Yes, she’s amazing!!

  8. shannon July 18, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

    The mint green suitcase (#4 in the first set) is speaking to me…but the link is broken! Could you provide the name of it or a new link? Such a pretty roundup!

    My new travel challenge is to take only a personal item-size tote. It’s definitely easier in summer and when you’re going somewhere to stay with someone who can lend you an extra pair of socks or a sweater.

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