Traveling Light

Traveling Light

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!


luggage 1

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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


  • Sue
    Posted at 08:56h, 10 May Reply

    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
      Posted at 02:15h, 11 May Reply

      A cute bag seriously helps!!! xo, G

  • lisa
    Posted at 08:57h, 10 May Reply

    Vintage look is so fun

    • Grace
      Posted at 02:16h, 11 May Reply

      Thanks Lisa!

  • Emily Henderson
    Posted at 10:38h, 10 May Reply

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

    • Grace
      Posted at 02:17h, 11 May Reply

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

  • CM
    Posted at 13:09h, 10 May Reply

    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
      Posted at 02:18h, 11 May Reply

      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

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 13:20h, 10 May Reply

    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
      Posted at 02:19h, 11 May Reply

      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!

  • Kelly Kay
    Posted at 13:46h, 10 May Reply

    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
      Posted at 02:21h, 11 May Reply

      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. 🙂

  • Val
    Posted at 14:21h, 10 May Reply

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

    • Grace
      Posted at 02:21h, 11 May Reply

      HA!! Yes, she’s amazing!!

  • shannon
    Posted at 13:23h, 18 July Reply

    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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