Advice, DIYs

Planning to Pack is Super, Super HARD & STRESSFUL!

Hi, so I’m graduating a semester early, which means next semester is the last few months in New York. Yup, I’m moving back to Hawaii (because why not?)! I’ll miss it here in NYC, but I’m super stoked to go back home and start my life. Do I have a plan for the future? Not really. I’m WAY more concerned about how I’m moving all my crap back.

So, I’m going to blog about it. Maybe you guys can learn something from my struggles and my mistakes.

  • I first started my packing plan by going on a purge. I know it seems morbid, but it’ll make everything easier that way. I feel that when you’re moving across the country, you should do this. It’s really simple if you can discipline yourself or find someone who can knock away that separation anxiety to your things.
  • Then, I took an inventory of all the things I have. Not to the exact detail, but I was pretty exact for my clothes and bigger office items, like my printer.
  • Next, I sorted what made most sense to store and what I should take home with me, which I recorded on a sheet of paper.
  • Then, I deeply thought about what I should keep at home and what I should bring back to the city. Again, I just recorded that, but if you make a mental note I don’t see why it would be hard to remember it.
  • Oh my gosh so many thinking processes I know! We’re not don, yet. I, then, mapped out the logistics of how all this is moving is going down. I planned to take one big suitcase home & keep it there. I’ll use the other big suitcase, my duffle bag, and my two carry on to pack the rest of my stuff.
  • It’s also wise to come up with a list of what you’re going to give away/sell/donate. Although I’m hopeful that some of my vintage finds and bigger office supplies will sell, I’m sort of sure no one will want to buy it.
  • Packing techniques are essential. I suggest you browse ways of tucking, folding, and rolling your clothes.
  • That’s pretty much it so far. I still have to figure out if I need to ship some things back (probably will have to), but I’ll worry about that when I’m packing to go back home.

Packing for Thanksgiving Weekend

It’s almost Thanksgiving break!!! YAY! I’m so love this holiday of super good food, stuffing yourself full, hanging out with fam, and sharing what you’re thankful for! I’m especially stoked for Thanksgiving, because my mom is coming to town and we get to meet my cousin’s first child! Lots of things to be thankful for for this upcoming weekend!

Just like last year, I’m hopping on a train to Baltimore, Maryland to spend the weekend with my mom’s oldest sister, my Aunty Gwenn. I don’t mind taking the train, but it’s a kind of a long ride and the WiFi kind of sucks (I’m planning on bringing a book to read). I also hate bringing luggage. Luckily, you’re allowed to bring 2 carry-ons and a personal item, but they have the worst storing facilities if you have a big carry-on.

So, here’s my guide to packing light, so you can keep your carry-on close.

Packing Guide

Always pack versatile outfits. Depending on the duration of the trip, I have a number code. Since, this will be a 4 day and three nights trip, I’m using the 3-2-1 rule. I always pack extra undergarments just in case.

  • 3 tops and bras
  • 2 pants, jackets, and shoes
  • 1 scarf, hat, gloves, and PJ set

Here’s what I’m packing for my make up bag:

  • Shampoo, conditioner, and body soap
  • Tooth brush, tooth paste
  • Stila black eye liner
    • I won’t be buying anymore from this brand
    • Kat von Dee’s eyeliner was a high recommendation
  • Anastasia eyebrow gel in ash brown
    • My everything!
  • Revlon’s Provacalips
    • Long wear and vibrant colors!
  • Face Shop’s rice moisturizer trio set
    • Perfect for winter
    • Toner, emulsion, and cream!
  • Aveno lotion
    • For elbows, arms, and heels!