Grand Master Pack

Sometimes during holiday season I internally refer to myself and Grand Master Pack (which is clearly a play on Grand Master Flex). Unlike a lot of people, I get a serious kick out of packing. I have moved around a lot what with college and going back and forth from NC to PA, so I have had to unique experience of having to pack only small amounts of stuff at a time. I have to say that out of all the packing I do, holiday season packing is my favorite for 3 reasons 1) It’s a personal challenge to only pack what I need for 3 weeks 2) I fly home so I can have a maximum of 50lbs of stuff including toiletries 3) I have to have enough room for my stuff plus these HUGE Christmas gifts that I have to bring home for both my family and Marcus’ as well.

This year, my personal challenge for packing is to only bring home a carry on’s worth of stuff and I have done it effortlessly for some reasons. Here is all that I intend to bring with me and is really all that you need. This is the easiest way to pack only what is crucial for a trip home.

Start with the basics and the bulkiest.

1) Shoes: Chocolate mocassins, black low top chuck taylors, black ankle boot heels.
2) Under garments: Week’s worth of underwear inside of chucks, bras inside of mocassins, sandwich bag of jewelry inside of heels plus bobby pins and hair ties/bands.

These are really the only shoes necessary for me. Everything I own goes with one of these. I can make a dress casual with chucks and jeans dressy with the ankle boots. Once your shoes are packed you can start on outfits. Because it’s home, there are plenty of clothes there so you don’t need to bring every thing.

1) Bottoms: Dark wash bootcut & dark wash straight leg jeans, navy wide leg trousers, 2 pair of gray sweats. I don’t need much more. I usually take home a bunch of pants and only wear a few.

Bottoms

*Fold in along crotch crease and roll length of pants. Place on top of filled shoes forming one layer. 

2)Tops: 4 tees for sleeping/gym (2 long sleeved), 3 tanks (neutral, navy, purple), boyfriend navy cardigan, striped breton cardigan, Ralph Lauren oxford shirt and rugby shirt (both long sleeved)
*Fold tshirts like they do at the Gap or Express. Make sure to place on top of rolled jeans to maximize space.

tops

3) Outer wear: Thick pull over hoodie and zip up hoodie, North Face Denali fleece

jackets

*Lay on top of the previously folded shirts. I’ll wear my peacoat onto the plane for multiple reasons. It maximizes space in my bags. it’s tasteful for all occasions, and I have no clue what the weather will be like in Philly. 

4) Extras: Little black dress, sheer black tights, cotton scarf, suede tan belt and jewelry that I can’t live without.

Helpful hints: 
  • Know what you wear and use on a regular basis. There is no point in bringing home stuff that you do not need. I know that I view navy blue the way that most people view black. It is my standard go to color so why would I bring home anything black when I know I prefer blue?
  • Be sure to snag the last minute things that you do not necessarily wear but are crucial. Tooth brush, camera, usb stick, phone, ipod, retainer, etc.
  • Double and triple check for your wallet! Every time I travel (literally every single time) I forget my wallet which includes money, id, cash, and plane confirmation number. SO CRITICAL!
  • Carefully pack a toiletries bag. If you know you have doubles of shampoo/conditioner, lotion and perfume at home, why bother bringing them?

As of tonight I officially have a suitcase chock full of gifts, a well packed carry on, plus bookbag.

Christmas List

Last week, I wrote a letter to Santa after my resident told me about the Elf on the Shelf. I simply explained to Santa that this year, I am feeling high maintenance. I have been through some things and I have had some struggles that are outside of the realm of my sheltered life. As such, I think I have earned the right to have a good Christmas. I know this is not probable. There are other things that I need and the people in my life are not ballin’ (at least not like this).

1. Kate Spade Tabitha Flat- $225
Are they not the most gorgeous little flats that you’ve ever seen? In a neutral color, they could go with just about everything. These flats are low and comfortable.
2. Kate Spade Tabby Flat- $225
Scratch that previous question. These are actually the most precious flats ever. They don’t go with everything like the black flats but the turquoise could be the pop of color that is necessary for any outfit. Particularly, any outfit that I own. Hint hint.
3. Nook Tablet- $249

I could really use one of these. Not only do I read frequently but I could use the amenities that come with it. I hate to fly and have to lug my laptop. This has all the convenience of an Ipod touch with a much larger screen. Plus, they are pretty affordable.

4. Kinky Curly Curling Custard- $29.99
(Say that three times fast)
As always, I love my hair and what the heck is Christmas without something else I can be addicted to for my hair? I have wanted this for a while but there were other products I needed to buy in the mean time. If I don’t get this for Christmas, I will probably purchase it myself.
5. Tanzania Study Abroad/ Mission Trip-$4,500

This I know I will end up paying for myself but a girl can dream can’t she?

6. Peace. (Not on earth, just in my family)- Priceless
 
My family works my nerves but they are my family. In the last two years, we have had a lot of turmoil so much so that the idea of going home make me spontaneously burst into tears. I don’t enjoy going home but I feel obligated to because there is nothing worst than the kid who goes off to college and won’t come home. LOL. But God is telling me to go home and because there are some things that really need to be brought to a conclusion so I can continue my life, it has to happen. So I am praying that God will give me peace because I can’t live in this limbo anymore.