There are certain won’t-leave-home-without-them items that I ALWAYS pack, no matter where I go.
Certainly a scarf. Comfortable shoes. My Baggu filled with chargers. And my SpacePaks.
I can-not-will-not pack for a trip without them (and my trusty Clothing Calculator – #shamelessplug but it really does work like a charm). If I attempt to pack without them, it results in a minor disaster that involves a last minute Target run. And if I’m abroad – well, I’m just screwed.
I used to rely solely on the clothing SpacePak, but adding the undergarments one has solved my lifelong problem of forgetting to pack enough unmentionables (as documented here). And my tote always has a prepacked SeatPak.
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You have those vacations that simultaneously seemed so long ago and like yesterday? That sums up our recent long weekend in Italy. To not overload you with photographs and stories, I’m breaking up our weekend in 3 posts. Today’s post recants our day touring some of the finest prosecco wineries.
If there’s one thing (maybe two) you need to know about going wine tasting in Veneto, it’s this:
Hire a tour guide. And hire Miriam.
I found Miriam through good ol’ Google, but it was her high reviews that convinced me to hire her. Best decision of the trip.
Why a tour guide? The roads are super windy (and confusing!), the wineries are all quite spread out, and English is not widely spoken in the region. Hiring a tour guide takes the agony of scheduling the tours, navigating the roads out of the equation and allows you to focus on more important pursuits. Like drinking plenty of superb Italian bubbly.
Which, at the end of the day, was the main attraction for visiting Veneto. And Miriam delivered. Not only does she speak English beautifully, she knows the BEST wineries and sights to see in Veneto. Including the local, non-tourist spots (aka one of my favorite aspects of travel). Keep reading!
brag about tout my ability to pack a suitcase under 5 minutes.
Don’t lie – you would do the same. Any rational person would.
Today, I’m sharing one of the secrets that enable this seemingly impossible feat. The one major tip - pre-pack your suitcase.
I’m not talking clothes. But keeping certain items in your suitcase, ready to go, can shave your packing time in half.
Here are the items that live in my suitcase, all the time:
- Toiletry case. I’m going to delve into this in a future post, but I always keep my toiletry case pre-packed at all times. I keep liquids packed in this bag, and will pack it in the suitcase or my tote depending on the airport’s PreCheck availability. The rest of my items live in my train case by Stephanie Johnson. I also keep two pairs of clean underwear in my toiletry case, based on my propensity of forgetting to pack my unmentionables. And a hairbrush.
- Shoes. I keep my travel sneakers and a pair of classic black pumps pre-packed in my shoe bag at all times. Brava to Hudson & Bleecker for designing a bag that can fit 3 pairs of shoes. 4, if two pairs are flats. Woot.
- Gadgets. Two electronics that live in my suitcase are my hair straightener and clothing steamer. I honestly won’t leave home without these items (and will forget crucial items like underwear and belts instead). I opted for international voltage models for both, but do what you got to do. And, of course, pick the gizmos you need the most.
- Spacepak. I don’t pack ANY bag without my Spacepak. Honestly. Not only does it make packing a breeze, it makes unpacking an easy experience (laundry and clean clothes sections FTW).
- First Aid Kit. Mine lives in the mesh divider in my suitcase, but is always there. I opted for several Help! items, Mucinex, and Neosporin. I recommend you keep yours stashed in a pocked in your suitcase, or encased in a pouch from this Baggu set.
All that’s left for me to pack are my clothing & cosmetics. Hence the whole under 5 minutes skill. And now, you can too. (And if you have trouble packing your clothing, my Pack Perfect Clothing Calculator comes to the rescue – sign up for my newsletter and you’ll snag it for free!)