Packing for a Weekend Conference

I normally love to travel with just a backpack and my portfolio bag. I like having everything with me, traveling light, and not worrying about my stuff.

But for this conference, I ran out of room. My bags were so stuffed and heavy, and I had 3 hour layovers to lug all that stuff around. I sighed, and decided to check a bag.

What I packed:

  • 3 tops. One for Friday and Saturday and one just in case. I stuck with a black and white theme.
  • 2 Black slacks
  • black cardigan
  • Pajamas- I wear yoga pants and a tshirt. I figure if there was an emergency where we needed to evacuate, I wanted to be covered.
  • Compression socks, a pair for each day. I wear compression socks when I travel on the plane, but I also like wearing them for the conference because it’s a lot of sitting and standing and not a lot of moving.
  • flip-flops for the hotel room and shower
  • black skechers go walks.
  • medication and first aid stuff
  • My portfolio
  • Business cards
  • Promo post cards
  • stickers
  • pens and pencils
  • sketchbooks ( I bought moleskin cashier sketchbooks, they’re small but handy!)
  • peppermints
  • my favorite tea- I know hotels have tea, but sometimes you just need your favorite with you.
  • Kindle
  • Phone
  • Chargers and wires
  • Headphones
  • Earplugs
  • Sudoku puzzle book
  • wallet-cards cash ID
  • travel documents, receipts, boarding passes, confirmation printouts

What I wore on the plane:

  • yoga pants
  • comfy black blouse
  • black and white cardigan
  • raincoat
  • tennis shoes
  • book bag

Though I didn’t use everything, I was glad I had it. Things I wish I had packed were a sewing kit, and a scarf to use as a pillow on the plane.

And I admit that checking a bag was really nice. I didn’t have to gate check my bag because I only had my backpack, and it was nice to walk around with a light load instead of lugging everything around. I think I’ll check my bag again next time I go to a conference!





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