Packing for a Long Holiday Weekend

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Carry on bagsThe following is a packing list for a four-day trip to Denver in November. The weather looks to be nice during the days and chilly after the sun sets (though weather in the Rockies is notoriously unpredictable). We will be doing a lot of walking outside as well as attending a fancy Thanksgiving dinner – so we’re not exactly packing light! Hopefully this list can help you too!

He packed:

  1. Toothpaste
  2. Neutrogenia Oil Free Acne Wash: been using this since high school-another example of my refusal to grow up.
  3. John Masters Shampoo: my old brand, Phytosylic, was discontinued. This is a replacement product for me,  but a damn good one at that. Keeps the hair clean without drying the scalp.
  4. Shaving Cream: I do like the travel size…
  5. Vaseline: the little travel tube works great for chapped hands and serves as an ointment for cuts.
  6. Bumble and Bumble Grooming Creme: like the shampoo, I came across this after years of trial and error. Thanks, Alice!
  7. Hand Sanitizer: it should be pointed out that this is to be used in addition to, not instead of, washing your hands with soap and warm water.
  8. Toothbrush
  9. Floss
  10. Nail Clippers
  11. Bar Soap
  12. Deodorant
  13. Razor
  14. Diphenhydramine (Benedryl): you get a 3-for-1 here: this antihistamine works great for a runny nose, allergies/allergic reaction and causes enough drowsiness to put you to sleep (and impair your driving).
  15. Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil): great pain reliever and fever reducer
  16. Loperimide (Imodium): packing a few tablets can turn a disaster into a inconvenience.
  17. Simethicone (Gas-X): this little pill can be a life saver. With no drug interactions and few (none, really) side effects, this is safe for everybody – and your friends, family and those sitting next to you on the plane will thank you.
  18. Band-aids
  19. Jeans
  20. Button-Up shirt: bring one that is versatile.
  21. Belt: color should match your shoes
  22. Shoes: the Wallabee or Desert Trek is the perfect travelling shoe. They are casual or dressy, comfortable and perfect for walking city streets or hiking hills.
  23. Slacks: bring a non-jean trouser for special events or just for something different
  24. Sweater
  25. Jacket
  26. Socks
  27. Boxers
  28. Undershirts
  29. PJs
  30. T-shirts
  31. Glasses
  32. Sunglasses
  33. Watch
  34. Wallet
  35. Burt’s Bees Lip Balm: accept no substitutes
  36. Crosswords: I got hooked as a teenager when my family spent a rainy weekend at a cabin.
  37. Plastic Bags: for dirty laundry
  38. Books

She packed:

  1. Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  2. Hairbrush
  3. Hairpins, elastics, barrettes & clips (I like to put them all on an index card for organizational purposes)
  4. Sock for Sock Bun (Have you seen this on pinterest yet?)
  5. Cuticle Nippers (Also work as a scissors in a pinch)
  6. Tweezers (For picking out slivers, plucking eyebrows, etc.)
  7. Safety Pins
  8. Pencil Sharpener
  9. Makeup Brushes
  10. Urban Decay Naked Palette (Love this palette – it’s so versatile!)
  11. Nars Blush in Orgasm (It’s a blush and a bronzer – plus it looks good on everyone)
  12. Fake eyelashes (You can’t beat these $1 e.l.f. ones)
  13. Papier Poudre – I buy mine at the Soap Opera on State Street
  14. Burt’s Bees Lip Balm – I buy tubes of this in BULK from the Soap Opera too!
  15. M.A.C Satin Lipstick  – M.A.C. Red (This shade makes your teeth look whiter and your face look, well, more alive. It also looks good on EVERYONE.)
  16. M.A.C. Sheen Supreme – Quite the Thing 
  17. Glitter Nail polish (Glitter hides a multitude of sins, you can also use this to stop runs in your tights in a pinch)
  18. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (Evens out your skin and makes your makeup stick – great for a marathon holiday party!)
  19. LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer (This makes your shadow stick and doubles as a concealer)
  20. Stila Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 15 (Nuff said!)
  21. L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Creme (Great for your hands, but I also use it on my face, my hair or my lips)
  22. Voluminous False Lashes (Trying this out – I’ll report back!)
  23. Makeup Remover Cloths (Ya gotta take it all off – right?)
  24. Aveda Balancing Infusion (I put this on my face at night – no zits, no dryness – boom!)
  25. Kleenex
  26. Tide to Go Pen
  27. Contacts Case
  28. Contact Solution
  29. Eye Drops
  30. Underwear
  31. Extra underwear
  32. Socks
  33. Tights
  34. Scarf
  35. Comfy Hat
  36. Jacket
  37. Sweater Dress
  38. Courderoy Skirt
  39. Two T-Shirts
  40. Black Cardigan
  41. Pajamas
  42. Belt
  43. Necklaces
  44. Earrings
  45. Jewelry Case
  46. Camera
  47. Headphones
  48. Phone & Charger
  49. iPad
  50. Notebook
  51. Pens
  52. Emergency Coffee
  53. Lara Bars (Hungry = Crabby)
  54. Anti-bacterial Wipes
  55. Glasses
  56. Knitting
  57. Hostess Gifts

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Last updated: February 19, 2014