So tomorrow I am heading off to Los Angeles. This trip is sort of dual purpose. My aunt and uncle, along with their four almost five kids (yes my aunt is pregnant with her fifth child) live in Calabasas, Los Angeles, so it will be nice to visit with them. I am also apartment hunting, because I am moving from Toronto to Los Angeles in September as I am attending a fashion school(F.I.D.M.). But anyways, I leave tomorrow and I find that when I am packing I tend to have different takes than other people, and have different strategies to get all of my clothes into my suitcase neatly and organized.
First of all I make a list of everything I am going to bring whether it be clothes, shoes, accessories, I even write down my toiletries in order to not miss anything. And I typically make this list about one to two weeks before my actual trip, in order to make room for adjustments.
Next, I then decide what suitcases, carry-ons, purses, etc. I want to bring for my trip. For this trip I am gone 10 days, so I am bringing a reasonable sized suit case (I actually use duffle bags because they are lighter weight and you can fit more in them), my Longchamp tote bag(see below), Louis Vuitton Speedy 40 in the monogram print(see below), Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 in the Azzur pattern(see below), and my macbook in a pink laptop sleeve from Apple.
Now I know that seems like a lot for only ten days, but I always come home with so much stuff because the deals in California just can't compare to those up here in Canada. After I have decided what bags I am bringing, I then decide what is going where. Then I start to pack, and this is where I differentiate from most people. I first start by rolling all of my t-shirts, tank tops, long sleeve shirts to save space and prevent wrinkling. Then I pack all of my items that need to be hung, and when I pack them I bring along with me hanger on the garments so they can hang once I get to the hotel(in this case I am staying at my aunt and uncle's house) so that once again they don't get wrinkled and stay crumpled in my suitcase. I then pack all of my makeup bags, accessories, and toiletries. I put all of my liquid foundation, or anything in a bottle that could potentially spill in snack size ziploc bags. And I do the same for all of my shampoo, conditioners, hair products, hairsprays, lotions, or anything of that nature in freezer size ziploc bags. I then put all of the makeup that I have decided that take on the trip in my Coach makeup case. As for my accessories, I bring with me my travel jewelry carrier from Anthropologie(see below).
Now after all that is done, however all that may take. I print off another copy of my packing list to ensure that I brought everything. And I am set, I print off my boarding pass and get my passport ready. And finally I am off to the airport. I am officially not leaving until Saturday at 8:30am Toronto time, but I will keep you updated with my trip and post pictures along the way. Hope everyone has had a great week so far.
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