This summer, everyone seems to be posting their out-of-office messages and getting out of dodge—temporarily, at least. And it’s not just that many of us were stuck indoors (or at least limited in our travel) for more than a year. It’s also that people are playing a major game of catch-up on life milestones, which is how I’ve found myself spending the month of August traveling to Los Angeles for a wedding and to visit family, going to Chicago for my best friend’s baby shower, heading to Seattle for another wedding, and then in Missouri to visit my new in-laws.
All to say: I’m basically the continental-United-States version of Carmen San Diego. I’m fully vaxxed and often masked, so while Covid-19 was and still is a big consideration, my packing situation is also a main concern. It’s not so much how I’ll possibly fit everything, so much as what I should even attempt to fit in the first place. I live and die by my carry-on—checked bag fees can @ me if they dare—so a trip like this requires some hard choices.
There are some obvious essentials, of course. A wear-everywhere dress? Check. Shoes that don’t have a break-in period? Check. A body-care set that leaves skin comfortable, smooth, and definitely not ashy? Check, check, check. With that in mind, here’s exactly what’s making the cut.
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