Packing for a Workcation + Printable Packing Planners
I’m Massachusetts bound Monday night for a 3-day training related to my work. And since I’ll be only two hours from Boston, I’m extending my stay through the weekend for my first – and very quick – visit to Boston. Six days. Can I get it all in a carry-on?
What to pack for a workcation?
My wardrobe will need to cover an overnight flight, three days in a conference room with the same people, out for dinners in the evenings, and then a visit to Boston for sightseeing and a lot of walking.
I thought by today I’d have my packing list all set. I’ve been working on it for almost a week! I’m not there yet (no problem, I have some days to get it all together). My goal is to manage with a carry-on bag. I’m trying, but I don’t have a reputation for packing light. My week will be casual, which will help narrow down the number of different types of clothes I will need. I’m focusing on how to mix and match so that I can to get multiple uses from what I’m bringing.
A tool I use to keep my suitcase organized and a bit svelte are packing cubes. If you haven’t tried packing cubes, I highly recommend them. They aren’t actually shaped like cubes, but more like a rectangle. They are lightweight, see-through (usually made partly with mesh), come in a variety of sizes, and zip closed. I swear by them. I used to be a fan of rolling my clothes when packing to be space efficient, but packing cubes work better for me.
When planning what to pack, I like to use a clothing rack to stage my clothes. (I love my bamboo rack, but there are a lot of options if you are thinking of getting one, like this one or this. A rack is also useful for giving overnight guests a place to for their belongings, for sorting clothes, for closet overflow, or even to hang drying special laundry.) For packing planning, the rack separates the items I’m planning (or thinking about bringing) from the rest of my clothes and helps me feel a bit more organized. Another helpful planning tool that everyone has is a bed. Seriously! To visualize outfits, layout out each ensemble on the bed (if you have a spare bed, even better as you don’t have to clear it off for sleeping as you plan your travel wardrobe).
Packing Lists and Outfit Planners
As I was beginning to plan outfits for the days and evenings, the activities, and the weather, I started to create a packing planner and list. Then, light bulb moment! Why reinvent the wheel? There must be packing planners out there in cyberspace that someone has worked hard designing. So the search began.
I finally came across a few that I felt were simple, efficient, and realistic (see below)
I think the outfit planner is really useful and provides a tool that isn’t included with most packing lists.
I also thought this was a fun site: HerPackingList.com. I’ve linked the page that features what to pack for a workcation, but this site has packing lists for every kind of trip you can imagine!
Printable Packing Planners
For a printable version of the clothing planner and packing lists below, click on the image and you will be redirected to the original post where the printable is available.
I’ll have to report next week on whether or not I managed to actually pack it all in a carry-on. I’m giving myself that challenge, but it feels a little scary. Next report from MA!