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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How to Pack 10 Days in 1 Carry-On

I've touched on the subject of packing in previous travel posts, but with the holidays around the corner, I thought it would be helpful to expand on exactly how I pack enough stylish outfits for 10 days...in a single carry-on bag!

You guys know we're budget travelers (tips on that here), which means no one is hauling our bags for us, therefore we travel light! Granted, traveling for the holidays likely isn't the same as two weeks in Europe, but the simpler the better in our book!

Hi Sugarplum | How to Pack 10 Days in 1 Carry On

First, you must start with a good bag...I love the 21-inch from the Atlantic Compass Unite Collection because of all the zippered compartments, built-in wet pocket, sturdy base, and easy to maneuver wheels. There are also extra clips for attaching other bags, and comfortable, padded handles. When hopping off and on trains and escalators, you want a bag that is light and transports easily.

Hi Sugarplum | How to Pack 10 Days in 1 Carry-On

So first we'll start with what to pack. I believe it takes as much effort to dress like a schlep, as it does to throw on something cute. (Don't misunderstand, of course I own and wear clothing that should never see the light of day. I just don't bring them on trips where a camera is always out!) Shift dresses, skirts with tshirts, well-fitting jeans and cardigans are just as comfortable as sweatpants. And by adding gel insoles and/or good quality wool socks, my wedge boots, flats, and tennies are actually more comfortable than athletic shoes.

{What to Pack}

Choose neutral pieces, and keep them within the same color palette so everything mixes and matches, as well as layers. Weather can be unpredictable, so layering is key. We aren't packing 10 separate and complete outfits (or 20, if you count nights), we're packing for enough combinations for 10 days and nights.

Hi Sugarplum | How to Pack 10 Days in 1 Carry-On
{Tops}

Tip: Avoid packing duplicate pieces, so you can get as many looks out of the few things you bring. 

Hi Sugarplum | How to Pack 10 Days in 1 Carry-On
{Bottoms}

Tip: Accessories are an easy way to look pulled together, and don't take much room in a suitcase. Pack an assortment of scarves and statement jewelry pieces to add a pop of color, and make any outfit more chic.

Hi Sugarplum | How to Pack 10 Days in 1 Carry-On
{Filler Pieces}

Consider both a lightweight jacket and vest, instead of a single bulky coat...they are easier to travel with, and can be worn alone, or layered for more warmth when needed. Of course if you're traveling to Alaska, you'll need a heavy coat, but wear it on the plane instead of packing it.

Hi Sugarplum | How to Pack 10 Days in 1 Carry-On
{Jackets}

Tip: Stack your bras on top of each other, then fold together with undies tucked in the cups. This will help them keep their shape, and utilize the extra space. Also, no need to pack 10 pair, just bring a small bottle of liquid detergent to wash these items in the sink.

Hi Sugarplum | How to Pack 10 Days in 1 Carry-On
{Staples}

Tip: Pack a tank, short-sleeve tee, and long-sleeve tee...these will serve as layering pieces if the weather is warmer or cooler than you expected.

Hi Sugarplum | How to Pack 10 Days in 1 Carry-On
{Shoes}

Tip: Use plastic shower caps from the Dollar Store (or your hotel!) to wrap the soles of your shoes. This will keep them from getting your clothes dirty when packed.

Hi Sugarplum | How to Pack 10 Days in 1 Carry-On

I use waterproof bags for toiletries in case of leaks, and store my curling iron in a felt sleeve so I can pack it while still warm. No one wants to miss their flight because they were waiting for their curling iron to cool off!

Hi Sugarplum | How to Pack 10 Days in 1 Carry-On
{Misc.}
Waterproof bags for hair products, make-up and jewelry
Curling Iron & Hair Dryer (don't forget adaptors if traveling international)

Tip: Use pill containers from the Dollar Store to pack rings and small earrings, or even to fill with face cream. No sense in bringing the whole bottle if you're only gone a short bit.

Hi Sugarplum | How to Pack 10 Days in 1 Carry-On

{How to Pack}

Okay, now that we've got all our clothes sorted out, it's time to fit them nicely in our carry-on sized bag. Start by tucking your hairdryer in the corner, then tightly roll all the pants and jackets. Place shoes in any gaps. Yep, rolling really does take up less space than folding...plus it keeps things from wrinkling as badly!

Tip: Place dryer sheets throughout your suitcase to keep your clothes smelling fresh.

Hi Sugarplum | How to Pack 10 Days in 1 Carry-On

Roll tops, dress and skirt, and make a second layer, filling in gaps with toiletry bags and curling iron.

Hi Sugarplum | How to Pack 10 Days in 1 Carry-On

Roll scarves and place in the shaft of one boot (every bit of space is utilized!), and place undergarments in the other boot. Lay them on top, and buckle in place. Put the larger toiletry bags and purse in top zippered compartment.

Hi Sugarplum | How to Pack 10 Days in 1 Carry-On

Since I don't check the bag, I put items I might want to access during travel, like chargers and books, in the outside pockets. Voila! Ready to go!

Hi Sugarplum | How to Pack 10 Days in 1 Carry-On

In addition to the roll-bag (each of us has our own), I have a personal carry-on tote (more on that later), and Mr. Sugarplum carries a small backback, that doubles as a day-pack once we arrive. We've employed this system for all our trips, long and short (read about those here), and it makes for relaxed, stress-free travel! What tips do you have for packing and traveling? Are you heading out of town soon? Check out my Sugarplum Style series for ideas on how I mix-and-match...you'll see most of these pieces pop up frequently.


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

{Big Box Bathroom} Day 3

I spent the weekend spackling, sanding and painting in this little bathroom....which didn't feel so little after the 187th hole I filled....and I can't wait to show you guys how it looks. But, we're documenting each step in order, so that will have to wait! When we left off after Day 2, the bathroom had been completely demoed, ceiling painted, recessed lights and fan installed, toilet hole dug deeper, vanity sprayed and shower tile partially in place! Whew! You see why we called in the pros for these steps?! Mr. SP and I aren't about to mess with plumbing and electrical!

So here we are after Day 3....the shower tile fully installed and grouted (we used Delorian Gray grout), and the window framed. They also changed the plumbing from two knobs to one.

Hi Sugarplum | Big Box Bathroom Remodel, Days 2 & 3

I designed a custom niche that will have two large openings with a short shelf in between, and that's almost complete.

Hi Sugarplum | Big Box Bathroom Remodel, Days 2 & 3

But the best thing about Day 3.....we have floors! Curvy, sexy, beautiful floors!

Hi Sugarplum | Big Box Bathroom Remodel Days 2 & 3

I know the design board called for the black and white hex tile, but with the long subway tile and wall planks, I felt like the room needed some softer, rounded lines...so we switched it up at the last minute and used American Olean Vaughn. The room is long and narrow too, so we placed the pattern on the horizontal to make the room appear wider. The tile has a classic feel, but the Moroccean shape gives the floor some interest.

Hi Sugarplum | Big Box Bathroom Remodel Days 2 & 3

They also set the first few wall planks to be sure of spacing and placement.

Hi Sugarplum | Big Box Bathroom Remodel Days 2 & 3

I wish I had more pics, but we couldn't step foot on the floor while the thinset dried. I even built a huge barricade to keep the kids and dog out! #nottakinganychances

Hi Sugarplum | Big Box Bathroom Remodel Days 2 & 3

Can you see the room taking shape?! Hang on to your hats....Day 4 is a big one!

{Follow along from the beginning}


***For those of you asking about my rockstar-contractor, I highly recommend Classic Kitchens & Baths (214-349-5999)!***

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