How to Fit It All In (Part II)

Since I began my blog earlier this year, the most popular post has been “How to Fit It All In (Part I).” I recently was on a two and a half week vacation/business trip to Europe, and I used my packing strategy–including using my Ogio backback and my Samsonite Suite-case–to prevent having to check a bag. You can see exactly what I packed in the infographic below.

How to Fit It All In (Part II)

How to Fit It All In (Part II)

Some other tips:

  • Always wear your bulkiest clothes/shoes on the flight; on this trip, I wore my workout clothes and tennis shoes on the plane.
  • Invest in SpaceBags. I use three on each trip, and they are incredible. Usually, I place my clothes in the larger bag, zip it, place on the floor, and use my knees to remove the air from the bag. Fold it in half and repeat.
  • Buy a sturdy liquids bag and keep filled with travel sized containers, ready to go at a moment’s notice.
  • Pick a color of shoes/accessories and stick with it. For example, I only pack black shoes, belts, handbags, etc., and I make sure all of my outfits work with them.
  • Do you really need to pack heels for Europe? I tossed in my wedge sandals at the last minute and did not wear them once.

Hope this entry has been helpful. I’d love to know…how do YOU fit it all in?


Songs for the Journey

As the weekend approaches, I am thinking about songs that make me want to hit the road on a  mini-break. Here are songs that would comprise my perfect vacay playlist:

Melodies for the Journey

Melodies for the Journey

  • Take You Higher – Goodwill & Hook N Sling
  • Atlas Hands – Benjamin Francis Leftwich
  • San Francisco – the Mowgli’s
  • Take a Picture – Filter
  • Go – Jonsi
  • Koop Island Blues – Ane Brun and Koop
  • One Night in Rio – Louie Austen
  • M79 – Vampire Weekend
  • Mountain Sound – Of Monsters and Men
  • I’m Shipping Up to Boston – Dropkick Murphys
  • I Want Her But I Don’t Want Her – Zahed Sultan
  • Beautiful Day – U2
  • One Night in Bangkok – Murray Head
  • Midnight City – M83

And then, the journey ends, and it’s time to return to regular life. These are my packing songs (and I won’t ever admit that sometimes I dance around my hotel room whilst loading up my suite-case!):

  • Lisztomania – Phoenix
  • Comin’ Home Baby – Mel Torme
  • American Girl – Tom Petty
  • Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson

Have a shantastic weekend!

How to Fit It All In (Part I)


I often get the question: “how do you carry-on on an international flight?” Here is Part Une: the Ogio backpack (aka carry-on item one). You can view this infographic to see what I fit into my trusty pink carry-one. Stay tuned for more packing tips!

How to Fit It All In (Part I)

How to Fit It All In (Part I)

Gate Zen

There is a moment on every flight where the entire plane is full of energy. It’s somewhere in between “Please remain seated until the captain has turned off the seat belt sign.” and that DING! It’s mad chaos…people in the aisle immediately begin hauling down their carry-on bags after ripping off their seat belt shackles. Free at last! Those in window seats stand up, only to crane their necks, due to the lower ceiling heights. I used to be one of those travelers…and now I have Gate Zen.

Somewhere Between ORD and LAS

Somewhere Between ORD and LAS

What is Gate Zen, you ask? It’s something I’ve learned after years of being pressed up against other travelers in the aisle, jockeying for position to deplane as soon as possible. Now, I simply stay seated, play Sims Freeplay on my iPhone, and wait until it is absolutely my turn to grab my suite-case (dear reader, it is intentionally spelled that way…my Samsonite bag has been with me on trips on 5 continents, and I will extol its virtues in a later blog post).

I used to feel a moment of temporary stress pulsing through my veins when I was the one holding up the entire airbus full of people behind me—oh the shame! But now, with Gate Zen, I calmly grab the suite-case from the bin, pull up the retractable handle, and add my laptop bag to the top before strutting down my personal runway to whatever fabulous destination is in store for me. Om!