What’s In My Travel Bag: How to Pack Light



Hi, my name is Coleen and I’m a packaholic. Small bags never seem to cut it, and I get a thrill from packing as much as I possibly can. You never know what you’re going to need, am I right?! What if it’s cold? What if it rains? Too hot? What if we decide to do something fancy? Go out dancing?! What if, what if, what if?!! I digress……

With a long weekend trip to Boston this weekend with Megan and Sandra, I challenged myself to pack light since we’re only away for 4 days. (It may also have something to do with the fact that I lost the keys to my storage room and therefore can’t access my suitcase…) So I managed to squeeze what I hoped was enough outfits into a small weekend duffle. But of course the issue was my makeup – what do I take and what do I leave behind?

The most important thing to do is mix and match wherever possible. Palettes are a travellers best friend. Along with some key essentials I brought along my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette, which is every single shade I could want and more, so no chance of any surprise wants or needs while away. The colours are incredibly blendable and are so easy to mix and match. There are endless possibilities. I also brought my Nars Bronzer/Blush Duo in Orgasm and Laguna, giving me the options of both blush or bronzer or both!! No need to pack one of each! Then of course the lips. Brights are in this summer, but do I bring a red, pink, and coral?! Of course not. I brought my MAC Retroglam Matte Relentlessly Red, which is a great hot pink/red combination, the perfect combination of both. Along with my Topshop Lipstick in Rio Rio, a great red/orange combination just on the verge of bright coral. And finally, the scent. Bottles are so bulky. So of course, my Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb Rollerball.

And of course, nothing is as compact and easy as my Indigo jewelry wrap with designated spots for necklaces, earrings, rings, etc. All rolled up in a tight little package.


How do you pack light? Any suggestions on weekend travel?! BOSTON here I come!!!

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