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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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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When last we left our intrepid teen adventurer and his anxiety stricken Mother, we had figured out the air travel, passports, talked about getting a temporary international cell plan, and which stalking…er, tracking apps were my favorites. Which brings us to packing. Those who have read this blog for a while know of my past …

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Q: What is a Dopp Kit? A: The Dopp Kit was designed by Jerome Harris in the early 1900’s for his Father-in-Law, Charles Dopplet. The term was later used to describe the shaving kits issued to G.I.’s in the Second World War. It is now a registered trade mark owned by the Samsonite Company. The …

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