More of what I’ll be packing

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Several of you mentioned Uniqlo’s Heattech leggings (these cute ones are from the Marni collab) in the comments of yesterday’s post, and I’ll definitely be bringing along a pair or two.

It’s tough to find a good, durable knee sock, but I’ve got to say that these, from Wrangler—which I believe were made for wearing with cowboy boots—are really good and pretty cheap.

I always travel with a Chan Luu silk and cashmere scarf, because they’re so soft and lightweight but also warm, and I love how this checked pattern would look with all the gray clothes I’m bringing.

One or two of you mentioned a beanie in the comments yesterday, and by all means I plan on bringing one of them (this one’s cashmere, and well-priced).

Yes, all hotel rooms have blow-dryers, but even in the nicest hotels they’re pretty reliably shitty blow-dryers, so I bring my own, because it’s lightning-fast and not as damaging as what you’ll find in your room.

After drying, I smooth out my hair with this curling iron—my hairdresser told me ages ago to use one of these instead of a straightening iron, which can get really hot and burn your hair.

Sharing a small hotel room for two weeks with a night owl means an eye mask is necessary, and this one with a Liberty print is so cute.

Earplugs  are another necessity—especially at the shows, which are loud—and I like that these are a bit subtler and more comfortable than big foam ones.

These Bioderma wipes clean makeup off and keep my skin feeling refreshed.

A Tide pen is almost too obvious a choice for this post, but when you stain clothes at the rate that I do, they’re an absolute necessity.

My Airpods are another non-negotiable and are in my bag at all times, and come in especially handy on long bus rides.

And finally, I am able to fit so much more into my suitcase with packing cubes, and I think this cheetah-print set is just the best.

 

 

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31 Thoughts on More of what I’ll be packing
    Mary Alice
    21 Dec 2022
    3:36pm

    Your friend Andrea recommended this a while ago and I just received it – https://www.etsy.com/listing/823691171/airpods-pro-script-name-decal-airpods?ref=yr_purchases
    A tiny name decal for your Airpods case, handy when you’re traveling or if there’s more than one set in your house

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    Viajera
    21 Dec 2022
    3:31pm

    As an aside, TIL that I don’t know what buccal fat is. I plan to stay that way. Wherever that is, I bet mine is chunky. Oh well! Besides, maybe that’s good. ; ) … … … So, on the topic of these cubes – is it that you can *find* things easier in your suitcase, or can you really put in more items? (With “compression,” that sounds like maybe you can.)

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      cw
      22 Dec 2022
      8:28am

      Sidenote on compression cubes: For some random reason this past summer I got hooked on the Netflix Marie Kondo series and was particularly taken with the way she folds clothes. When I packed to return home at the end of summer I used compression cubes and Marie Kondo’s folding methods and, as a happy result, had tons of spare room in my suitcase. Brain explodes….

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      Elisabeth
      21 Dec 2022
      4:37pm

      Both! I was a skeptic but now preach with the zeal of the newly converted. Compression lets me pack more stuff, and it wrinkles less, as in hardly at all. As for unpacking, I set out all my cubes and unzip them and everything is accessible and stays organized and is easy to repack. No rummaging!

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    Renée
    22 Dec 2022
    5:59am

    Thanks for your research and suggestions.
    If possible, non polyester garments – especially those requiring frequent laundering like socks and underwear – would be more eco friendly.

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      Elisabeth
      22 Dec 2022
      10:17am

      This is a good point. I know I want to be more aware of this going forward.

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      Viajera
      22 Dec 2022
      12:39pm

      Hmmm I rarely go anywhere with extreme weather, but, some of my hiker friends have a saying about cotton killing people. (I pretend I don’t understand.) And then we do have a drought here. I am just not so sure it is clear which way is better. Somebody might need to do one of those audits… However it is good to be aware, at least. … … … There havvvve been some interesting new developments in underwear world. Apparently the youngsters have these undies you can just bleed into, when menstruating? Well, golly, is what I say. And this apparently saves on tampons. … … … Sorry if this is too gross for people!! But, it is interesting. It’s as close as I’ll ever be to being an astronaut??? No?? Okay maybe not.

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    Jill
    21 Dec 2022
    3:47pm

    I, too, love the Loop earplugs! I have a couple of pairs – one for concerts and one I just keep in my purse to wear any time I’m somewhere that gets too loud.

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    LisaC
    21 Dec 2022
    11:26am

    I want that hair dryer, especially after watching the video on the dermstore site. Seems like the price has come down, and it’s time for me to give up the Super Solano I’ve been using since the 90’s.

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    Emily M.
    21 Dec 2022
    11:37am

    These are all great choices, but I have to ask: When did a watch cap become a beanie? Doesn’t watch cap sound cooler than beanie? A beanie sounds like the kind of thing the pledges wore in “Animal House.” Steve McQueen wore a watch cap but Steve McQueen would never wear a beanie.

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      Mary Alice
      21 Dec 2022
      3:39pm

      I, too was confused when people started calling them beanies. As a kid in 60’s Catholic grade school, a beanie was a little cap that was plaid to match our uniform, looked a little like a yarmulke, and was bobby-pinned to our hair when we went to Mass on First Fridays

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      Elisabeth
      21 Dec 2022
      4:40pm

      Maybe this is regional? I’ve never heard it called a watch cap, but I have heard toque and beanie. Grew up in NoVa/DC. Gotta agree, tho, Steve McQueen would never wear anything called a beanie, lol.

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        Jenny
        21 Dec 2022
        5:01pm

        A newsletter I like recently displayed a photo of Steve McQueen wearing a brown Pom-Pom knit cap & a scarf & a white tee and he looks hot!

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          Elisabeth
          21 Dec 2022
          10:19pm

          When didn’t he look hot? Sigh!

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    Allison
    21 Dec 2022
    12:20pm

    The Loop earplugs are fantastic. They blunt the sound of my husband’s snoring so I can read in peace but allow me to keep an ear out for teenager shenanigans.

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      Viajera
      22 Dec 2022
      12:42pm

      I am a wee bit sorry to be that person, but, otoh – there can be serious health consequences. I think it might weaken people over time, to be struggling for air. (Speaking from the bleachers.) He might want to get that looked into.

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    Laura
    21 Dec 2022
    1:01pm

    I have those earplugs and they are lifesavers! Once wore them at a concert and my companions did not even notice them!

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    Karen
    21 Dec 2022
    1:04pm

    Socks are something I’ve given up buying cheap. Between requiring socks that actually fit (as a size 6 shoe i hate that most socks are supposed to fit a size 6-9, but in reality mean that the heel of the sock is closer to my ankle than my heel), and requiring socks that can last more than a couple of months without developing holes or ripping at the seam, i given up on just picking up any old pair. My current obsession is with Darn Tough socks. IMO worth every dollar.

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      cw
      21 Dec 2022
      3:25pm

      I understand your frustration as I also have a small foot. Something I’ve found helpful is buying “girl’s” socks. The down side is they aren’t made as well as “women’s” socks, so you have to replace them more often. The other down side is finding socks that don’t have unicorns etc. on them.

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    Tahe Z
    21 Dec 2022
    1:19pm

    Kim, if you like watching movies on the plane and want to use your airpods or other wireless headphones, I got this cool little device from Sharper Image called an Airfly Duo that you stick in the audio port. The duo means that you and Paul could watch something together one both your headphones. That way you don’t have to trip over the wires which is what I’ve done numerous times getting up from my seat!

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    C.D.
    21 Dec 2022
    1:31pm

    I’m a light sleeper, so those Loop earplugs sound perfect. Also I agree packing cubes are a must, especially the compression ones that let you sneak in a few more outfit changes without sacrificing much space.

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    Betsy P
    21 Dec 2022
    2:07pm

    I laughed out loud. I had no idea why commenters were telling her to get a beanie.

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    saochi
    21 Dec 2022
    2:23pm

    For knee-high socks: Falke Sensitive London. For 10+ years, these have been the only socks I wear on my winter-dry legs. I like that they’re marked L and R, too – making for a good fit every time.

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    themis
    21 Dec 2022
    11:18am

    The flat iron I use to wave my pin-straight hair has selectable presets and I don’t go over 350F. I see vids where stylists are using them with smoke rising from their client’s heads and I just cringe-! For me it’s much faster; I can put twists in my hair as fast as I can section; it takes about four minutes all told. Also, SmartWool socks changed my life. My feet never get too hot or too cold, never get sweaty, and since they’re antibacterial they never smell. On a trip where you might have spotty access to laundering, it’s nice to not have to seal your socks into some kind of incubation chamber where they continue to funkify just to keep them from tainting the rest of your luggage.

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    liz
    21 Dec 2022
    11:07am

    Love the hairdryer. Would totally buy if I did not air dry my thick non-porous hair.

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    E E Deere
    21 Dec 2022
    10:40am

    Yes, the Heattech leggings are great, especially in rainy winter weather. They keep you warm, and you can have a more water resistant layer on top. Thanks for the tip on the Wrangler knee socks. It seems to be harder than it used to be to find solid neutral knee socks. Love the Chan Luu check!

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    Mary
    21 Dec 2022
    3:14pm

    Looks like great plan . A couple suggestions
    1) instead of puffer, I have used more than I ever imagined a water resistant
    Jacket with lining . First one I got was from a Patagonia outlet that went on
    inclement European trips, so good for cold rainy days .… My latest is from this brand but a bit more of a jacket than the link however just went to Denver with it , Fine with low 60s open and when it got freezing at night .And if it rains the hood is perfect. Layering is great but I can get feeling Michelin man like… and used surprisingly often for dog walks cause of length.
    https://marvel-b1-cdn.bc0a.com/f00000000238876/www.fjallraven.com/49f8aa/globalassets/catalogs/fjallraven/f8/f896/f89644/features/kiruna_padded_parka_w_89644-555_c_model_fjr.jpg?width=680&height=680&mode=BoxPad&bgcolor=fff&quality=80
    2) a zip up athletic yoga style jacket thing ( for plane , bus etc ) , can be washed and yet stays clean feeling with tees underneath , I like it a bit long ( cover caboose) , with a double zipper – I have some from Zella and even Duluth – black – wear ( or did ) to gym as well – I always seem to throw in last minute then use a lot .
    3) https://beistravel.com/products/the-convertible-mini-weekender-in-black-
    I got this for my trip – it is great – still need a new hard sided roll on – got mired in the rabbit hole and bought none but old one aggravated me ( it is tired and cranky) – need to be zipping with new wheels . Any recommendations? Monos, away , beis ? Any input much appreciated.
    Thinking Away is probably the way to go ?
    Have a rocking great trip. Great time to get out of dodge. I hope the nutty weather coming east doesn’t affect you!
    Ps – I happened to order those Uniqlo / marni socks an hour before you posted( Uniqlo email) – they are great

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      Sharona
      21 Dec 2022
      8:47pm

      I’ve been using an Away for at least 5 years, a lot of miles. I’m still happy with it.

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      gilli
      21 Dec 2022
      7:29pm

      I love my Away suitcase, but truly I think that any small carry on with really good wheels is all you need.

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        cw
        22 Dec 2022
        8:24am

        I also use an Away suitcase which I have found sturdy and lightweight. Highly recommend for anyone looking.

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          Mary
          25 Dec 2022
          8:29pm

          Thanks for help

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