Putting Together My Suitcase

It hasn’t even really registered to me that B (husband) and I are flying out to spend a week with our best friends!  After that, we’re stopping to see our parents, so we’ll be gone for nearly 2 weeks. 
It’s normal for me to have to pack a suitcase anywhere from 1 to 3 times a month to travel for work, weddings, or vacation.  In honor of our upcoming vacation I thought I’d give you a peek into my suitcase.
I packed more for this trip than I normally pack because we’ll be hiking and playing in lakes and waterfalls.  I’ll be wearing wedges, my bulkiest shoes, on the airplane, and a pair of jeans.

Accessories.  I love compartmentalizing, so I stuck bracelets and necklaces in their own bags.  My friend gave me the jewelry holder and I always use it to pack earrings.  I think it was from H&M a few years ago.  It also has slots to keep delicate necklaces and bracelets untangled, but I don’t own any of those… 🙂
As you can see, my hairdryer is a beast, but I can’t live without it.
I get excited every time I pull out these packing cubes.  They don’t necessarily save more space (nor do they fill up more space) but they keep things delightfully organized in my suitcase.  It also makes it easier for me to live out of my suitcase during my trip. 
Top packing cube: Undergarments, swimsuit, socks, workout/athletic clothes, pajamas
Lower packing cube: 2 layers of rolled clothes
The cubes come in various sizes as well! (shop)
 This is the bottom layer of my carry-on.  One packing cube fits perfectly in half of my carry-on.  Sometimes I line my running shoes around the perimeters of my suitcase, but that doesn’t work as well with my hairdryer.  I think I tucked jewelry into the nooks and crannies.
Top layer!  Red bag is toiletries.  The second packing cube went on top of the shoes and hairdryer.  Two packing cubes would easily fit on top of each other with ample room, but I like to alternate the hard items and soft items (clothes) because if fits better and I like the idea of providing some cushion for the hard items in my suitcase.
And there’s still room leftover for my phone and camera chargers.  Yay!
Hopefully that wasn’t a total bore to you all!  I like me some organization with a little efficiency, but I’m a nerd like that.  Like, I get excited about packing cubes.  
Anyway, wish us safe travels, and have a joyful and restful weekend! 
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