A Weekend Away

I’m making a run for it

Thursday I’m heading to San Francisco to visit my good friends and escape the Florida heat.  It’s a short trip but a long distance which means that a strategically packed carry-on bag is a must.  Here’s what I’ll be bringing on my flight:

  • At least two books.  I’m choosing between The Catcher in the Rye, Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
  • A neck pillow- I found this one but it might be a bit too ridiculous.)
  • A blanket- I bought a small fleece children’s blanket from Brookstone a few years ago and now I don’t get on a flight without it.  It’s the perfect size.
  • Cozy Socks- I don’t know about you, but my toes always freeze mid-flight.
  • This is basically like a shower in a can.  You’ll look and feel refreshed and no one will ever know that you spent five hours in a middle seat crammed between two men three times your size.
  • SNACKS- Enough said.
  • Headphones- I have the utmost sympathy for the baby experiencing airplane ear aches but four hours of crying is both heartbreaking and head splitting.

Those are my essentials that I always always bring.  I recently stumbled across these and I’m dying to try one.  I have a feeling they make excellent stocking stuffers too (for those of you that plan ahead).  What are your travel necessities?

The Hunt is Over

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I found an apartment and it’s perfect.  I felt a little like Goldie Locks during the whole endeavor.  One apartment was too small, the other too large, but this one was just right.  It doesn’t have a dishwasher or laundry in the unit and my kitchen is the size of a generously-spaced utility closet but I love every square-inch of the place.  My neighbors seem nice and the landlord is great too.  I can’t wait to get moved in and settled.

That being said, I have a little less than a month to pack.  Sorting life out into well-labeled boxes is always a daunting task but my apartment and winter weather are a more than motivating light at the end of the tunnel.

Have any helpful packing tips?  What was your first big move like?