The thing I’ve discovered in my quest to become an expert packer is I can live with less. Not just packing for a trip but, less everyday. What you see below is my make-up travel bag and everything that goes in it. Guess what, that’s my non trip make-up bag too. So when I go …

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Coco Channel is often quoted as saying: “Before you leave the house; look in the mirror and take off one thing.” It was her advice when asked how to be simply chic. I humbly offer similar advice when packing. Before you complete your packing, go through the suit case and remove two, or three, or …

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Packing for a beach get away is as easy as it gets, especially in very laid back Maui. Below is a sampling of what is going into my suitcase this year. My Packing List: 3 Shorts 3 Tank Tops 2 Jeans Linen Pants 3 Tee Shirts 4 Dresses 2 Cardigans Light Jacket 3 Swim Suits …

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Last time we had a weekend away I challenged myself to take as little as possible. Everything HAD to fit in the back pack and large tote pictured below. Our activities included sight seeing, dinner out and a football match. The challenge for my dopp kit was made easier by knowing I would have body …

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San Francisco is about 10 to 15 degrees cooler than Eugene in the summer. It was weird packing jeans and sweaters and jackets, I had a few doubts along the way, but I put my faith in the forecast and did it. So, happy I did! The mornings were chilly, afternoons sunny but not too …

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Hawaii anyone? It’s more like Hawaii everyone! Why the rush for the 50th star on our flag? It doesn’t hurt to have the #1 movie of the year, set in Hawaii and starring George Clooney. Well played, Hawaii Chamber of Commerce! Guess what? Us too! Yay! This means packing. My Achilles heel. Here’s the plan: …

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The saying goes that, it’s the journey not the destination. These days, if you need to reach your destination via air travel it’s hard to remember that. Like most, I’ve cultivated some habits that make the experience feel special and, dare I say it, fun. 1) I chose a festive colored bag to carry my …

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