Travel

What I Packed for Nashville & 5 Tips for Packing Light

I recently took a weekend getaway to Nashville for a bachelorette party. I’ll be talking about the fun things I did in a later post, but wanted to take a moment to talk about traveling light and what I packed.

I made it a rule a few years ago to never take more than one bag with me when I travel. Thanks to airplane regulations and upcharges, that bag is always carry on size or smaller. I get asked a lot about how the heck I do this, and I’m told by a lot of people that they could never do it. But I promise you if I can pack for a month in Europe, including hiking gear for Iceland and fancy clothes for a wedding, that you can pack for just about anything in one bag.

5 Tips for Packing Light

  • Check the weather. A few days before your trip, pull up a weather app and make note of what the weather’s doing where you’re headed.
  • Make a list of the events in your trip that may require special clothing. Think a night out at a show, a day of rambling through the countryside, or maybe you booked bungee jumping.
  • Pack items that go with everything. The easiest way to do this is pack neutral bottoms, and tops in colors that compliment each other.
  • Don’t pack for the worst case scenario. If you checked your weather and it says your whole trip will be warm and sunny, skip the rain gear. You’ll be fine, I promise.
  • Be realistic: if you’re not comfortable in it at home, you’re not going to wear it while traveling. Travel is exhausting; the last thing you want to do is be tugging at a hemline all damn day when you should be taking in the sights.

What I Packed for Nashville

The bag: eBags TLS Mother Lode Weekend Convertible

Packing cubes: from Amazon years ago, similar

Okay, here we go. Items with an asterisk are what I wore on the plane.

Large packing cube: Clothing

  • Green cotton dress*
  • Black skinny jeans
  • Black tank*
  • Gray tank
  • Gray t-shirt
  • Patterned leggings*
  • Gray leggings
  • Flannel button down (gifted upon arrival)
  • Striped cardigan
  • Bras x2
  • Underwear x3
  • Warm socks x2
  • Ankle socks x1
  • Vegan leather jacket*
  • Hoodie

Medium packing cube: Accessories

  • Plaid blanket scarf
  • Beanie
  • Gloves
  • Convertible clutch
  • Woo pouch
    • Amethyst necklace
    • Two sterling silver rings
    • Prayer bead bracelets
    • Smokey quartz worry stone
    • A sigil for safe travel
  • Wedge heel booties (in shoe bag)
  • Riding boots*

Toiletries

NOTE: I’m aware that some of these products are not vegan. They were purchased before my decision to go vegan and I have chosen to use them up before replacing them with vegan versions. I can rant about consumerism another day, but know that I am actively replacing empties with vegan products.

  • 3-1-1 liquids bag
    • Travel size Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap
    • Shampoo bar
    • Small container of my leave in conditioner mixed with curl cream
    • Comb
    • Face cream with SPF
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Chapstick
    • Essential oil roller ball
    • Deoderant
    • Liquid makeup items
      • Mascara
      • Concealer
      • Brow gel
      • Liquid lipstick
  • Makeup bag
    • Powder foundation
    • Blush
    • Eyeshadow
    • Eyeliner
    • Powder brush
    • Double-ended eyeshadow brush
    • Cotton swabs

Electronics & Other Travel Essentials

  • Phone & charger
  • Earbuds
  • Wireless noise-canceling headphones
  • Auxiliary cable & iPhone dongle
  • Car charger
  • Notebook & pen
  • Wallet

That’s it. That’s all I brought. And honestly, if it wasn’t for a bachelorette party, I would cut the makeup out almost entirely. I have a lot more adventures coming over the next year, and I’m happy to share those lists too. They’ll look a lot like this one! But if you want more in-depth reasoning behind why I choose the things that I do, feel free to leave a comment.

DISCLAIMER: Some things aren’t pictured due to my time constraints, but I promise you they were all in the bag!

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