Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Packing for Houston, TX – Jan 2018

Houston Jan 2018
same airport as before

There’s something about an upcoming trip that gives me the itch to buy something new. In the past, this has led to over packing and duplication in a wardrobe that is already very similar. For my recent trip to Houston, I somehow resisted the urge to buy something new. Don’t get me wrong, I shopped, I browsed, I tried on, but ultimately kept my wallet shut. Vigilantly checking the weather forecast curbed the “need” for new scarves and sweaters. And also having an eye-rolling inner voice helps, “I’m going on vacation for 2 days, so of course I need a new wardrobe.”

It seems I’m getting the hang of this packing sensibly business. I even packed 1 day in advance. While I can’t say I was entirely comfortable being in Houston, at least I was warm, dry, and stylish. I stuck to my tried and true formula of a simple base layers and interesting sweaters/outerwear. The items featured below are either exact or very similar to what I have:

Houston Jan 2018

  • Samsonite/Alexander McQueen croc-embossed luggage
  • Kenneth Cole New York black crossbody camera bag (after 12 years, I need to get it repaired). 
  • BCBGeneration black coat 
It seems post travel I realize the holes in my wardrobe or gadgets. That's how I ended up with my 2 beloved BCBGen coats, Bric's luggage, and a new camera. This time around, I can see the need for those portable battery chargers and more Heattech tops. Also, would you be interested in seeing the beauty products I traveled with? Mine are not immensely interesting, but I enjoy seeing other people's.

Do you purchase new clothes prior to traveling, make do, or are confident that you already have what you need?

9 comments:

  1. Yes, please post them! I'm always curious to see what others are using.

    And get a portable charger if you travel!

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    1. Yes my phone literally died a split second after i ordered my uber. Thank God it went through!

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  2. I always want to buy a new coat (and I almost succumbed this month too, to a new Uniqlo Ultra Light down parka.) I'm going on a trip soon, but I'm going to do it with a puffer jacket I already own, and Heattech socks if I can find the pairs I have.

    My travel kit is pretty Uniqlo strong and I definitely support having more Heattech--those double as pajama tops at night for me :)

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    1. Sleeping in my Heattech finally confirmed that heattech actually works. I just hate that I would have to order online, the closest Uniqlo to me is 3 1/2 hr drive away.

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    2. If you do get a chance to be close to one and stock up, at least I can tell you mine are holding up well after four years of use! And I've bought both regular and the Extra Warm v-necks, as well as the regular Heattech leggings. Let me know if there's something you're considering and I might be able to comment :)

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  3. I'm always tempted to shop before a trip too - usually if I was unsatisfied with an item I brought on a previous trip, and now I'm reluctant to bring it again. Before I went to South America, it felt like every other day I was eyeing new things - I'm especially susceptible when it comes to technical or winter clothing, whereas I'm quite confident of my summer items. So in the end I bought a new pair of winter sports leggings, which I was quite pleased with because I did a lot of hiking and they were a lifesaver - I found myself thinking "if only I had these when i went to Nepal/Russia/China".

    Sometimes I use trips as an excuse to "treat myself, which makes no sense since the trip is a treat already! I have to use tactics like yours to stop myself from spiralling out of control.

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    1. Its dressing for the different climate that throws it off. Then it becomes hard to justify buying "winter clothes" when its such a small portion of our home climate. But when we need, it really comes in handy. Those winter leggings sound interesting. What is it about them that makes them special?

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    2. I first tried a pair from Outdoor Research meant to be worn under ski clothes - they're thicker than your usual yoga or running leggings, almost a fleecy quality, but they're also meant to be comfortable when you sweat (doesn't keep you so warm till you faint, and dries quickly so you won't freeze). The sweat/freeze conundrum is always an issue for me when I climb or hike in cold places because I sweat a lot but then I freeze once I stop moving. The OR ones unfortunately didn't fit me so well, so I didn't buy them. I ended up buying a pair from Lululemon in their "brushed" material - the inside has a fleecy. "furrier" texture and it's a little thicker than their usual leggings. They're meant for winter runs, apparently. There were terrible reviews about them pilling but I didn't encounter any out of control pilling after 5 months of travel, and performance-wise, they were perfect - very comfy and warm when I needed them to be warm, and breathable when I needed them to be breathable, and high-waist! They'll never replace wind-proof fabrics of course, and they're not water resistant so it gets very cold if you get wet (at least they dry fast) but over all I was really happy with them. They layer well under dresses and trousers too. I don't know what makes these fabrics special (it;s just your standard synthetic names on the label), but when they work, they really work. I see these on sale a lot (probably because of all the bad reviews) so it's worth nabbing them when a good deal comes along!

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  4. It's very nice seeing you still utilizing items that you bought years and years ago. I usually feel very excited post booking flight tickets and immediately make a packing plan which leads to wanting to buy everything new. But when the time comes when I have to actually go on holiday, I ended up make do with what I currently have because the excitement is gone haha. And more often than not, I'm very sufficient with what I have so it ended up being a win situation.

    I'm very much interested for a travel beauty post if you'd like to make one.

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