After reading my “Five Day No Denim Challenge,” my son, Chris, presented me with another challenge…“One Weekend/One Carry-On”. If I could sum up this challenge with one word, it would be….YIKES!!!
True Confession: I’m an over-packer, especially when I travel to New York. And since I stay with Chris in his “small-ish” apartment, he has hinted that it would be nice if I just brought one small carry-on bag. So, my first challenge was to find the right carry-on….good quality, a spinner, light weight, and easy to pack. In the end, I went with a 22 inch hard-side Hartman carry-on spinner….love it!
Here’s what I packed: One pair of faux leather pants, one white blouse, one sweater, a black blazer, and a mini bag. I also brought pajamas and undergarments. A space saver was packing socks instead of my UGG house shoes (too bulky). And of course I packed a few small bags for makeup and hair supplies. Be sure to look at the The Best Amazon Travel Essentials on our Pinterest board.
For the first time, I tried the “KonMari” vertical packing method from the hit show, Tidying Up. Be sure to watch her video on our Pinterest board. And a little trick I’ve used for years is wrapping my clothes in plastic cleaner bags to keep them from wrinkling. Though I did place my blazer in the hanging bag that came with my carryon…very convenient. The good news….everything was wrinkle free when I unpacked!
Getting there was the easy part (except for delays). My secret weapon was layering! On the plane, I wore black jeans over tights, socks, knee-high boots, a camel turtleneck sweater, a blazer, plaid scarf, and a puffer coat. I also carried a large tote on the plane. Thank goodness for totes…mine included a travel pillow, my credit card holder, plus a few magazines.
At the last minute, I packed a white blouse to dress up my style a bit for a record release party to which we were invited. Some of our excursions included MoMA, a church service, dining out, the record release party, and vintage shopping in Williamsburg. To complete a fabulous weekend we had drinks at Westlight at the William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg. The view of Manhattan was breathtaking…the best I’ve ever seen!
So, what did I learn from this experience? In the past, I took way more than I needed and did not wear half of the stuff I packed. Sound familiar? Another perk, no baggage fee, and I didn’t have to wait for my luggage. Within minutes, I was in my Lyft ride on my way to Mid-town! Did I mention happy hour couldn’t come fast enough?
So now I’m challenging you….“One Weekend/One Carry-On”! Do you think you are up for the challenge?
Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation. Contact Holley at [email protected] Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board here.