The 1,815-foot-tall CN Tower in downtown Toronto
Hey, buddy! I’m baaaack. Yup, I got in from Toronto a few hours ago. I’m still hella loopy with jet lag, but I’ve been bursting out of my Spanx to tell you about the trip.
It was just a quick, two-day jaunt, but it was enough to see that Canada rocks.
A flying Canadian school bus
Toronto has beaches!
I’m under strict instructions not to divulge the mission parameters, yet, but the trip had everything to do with a three-letter word that starts with M and ends with C.
Are you freaking out? Yeah, me too.
Until the veil of secrecy lifts (soon), I’d like to talk about a subject that has plagued me for years: packing!
Imagine your most packing-challenged friend — you know, the one who brings everything but the kitchen sink — and multiply that by two. The resulting hot mess would be me. If packing was a sport, I’d probably never take home a medal. Most of the time, I just try to bring way too much.
But for this trip, I tried some new things, and I think I actually did pretty darn well.
1. Use a beauty e-packing list
El Hub gives me a hard time for packing, yet whenever we go on trips, all he has to do is throw a toothbrush, toothpaste and contact lens solution into a plastic bag and he’s done. It’s so annoying! I’m a gal who loves her products, and one Ziploc bag is not gonna cut it for me.
This time, since I usually agonize over what to bring, I used a beauty e-packing list to stay organized. It’s basically a checklist of products divided into categories that make sense to me.
No kidding, this sucker really helped. Before the trip, I created the list on my computer and printed it out. Then, I crossed things off as I popped them into my suitcase. Because of the list, packing took me about half the time it usually does.
(NOTE: I’m kind of a makeup nut, so your list may be shorter than mine.)
Beauty e-Packing List
TOILETRIES & SKIN CARE
- Face wash
- Facial sunscreen
- Eye cream
- Zit cream
- Contacts & contact lens solution
- Toothbrush, toothpaste & floss
- Mouthwash (if I have room)
- Makeup removal wipes
- my sleep blindfold (blocks out the light)
- ear plugs
- Body lotion
- Wardrobe double-stick tape
- Bumble & Bumble Brilliantine
- Curling iron
- Bumble & Bumble Tonic
- Goody Spin Pins
- Ponytail holders
- Chanel Mat Lumiere
- MAC Prolongwear Concealer
- MAC Prep+Prime Powder
- MAC Blot
- Benefit Instant Brow
- Pencil sharpener
- NARS Orgasm/Laguna Duo
- MAC Blushbaby
- MAC Eyeshadows in Concrete, Soft Brown, Woodwinked, and Smoke & Diamonds
- NARS Eye Primer
- LORAC Front of the Line Pro
- MAC Technakohl in Graphblack
- MAC Powersurge Kohl
- YSL Faux Cils Mascara (in black)
- Benefit Creaseless Creams in Birthday Suit, Skinny Jeans, and Strut
When I finished packing, I printed out a second copy of the list and stuck it in my suitcase. That way, I’d have it with me when the time came to pack for the trip back home.
2. Roll it up
Instead of folding my clothes, this time I rolled them up. It minimized wrinkles and saved room.
3. Separate outfits into gallon-size Ziploc freezer bags
This trick might sound a
little lot nerdy and OCD, but it totally worked, and I plan to use it again.
I knew from my schedule that time was going to be tight, so I planned all of my outfits beforehand. I rolled everything up, and put them into the Ziplocs.
- Wednesday day: J. Brand jeans, gray tank top, flannel shirt, black cardigan, brown boots and black motorcycle jacket
- Wednesday night: Beige/black sleeveless dress, black cardigan, black motorcycle jacket, scarf, Spanx (!), necklace, Betsey Johnson black cat ring and L.A.M.B. heels
- Thursday: Purple Amanda Uprichard dress, Spanx, teal leggings (I also brought black), Betsey Johnson cat ring #2, gold hoop earrings, black suede ankle boots and black motorcycle jacket
- Friday: J. Brand jeans, blue/purple printed top, black cardigan, brown boots and black motorcycle jacket
I packed the outfits with coordinating jewelry and/or accessories into separate smaller Ziplocs that I popped into their respective larger bags…
When it came time to change an outfit, all I had to do was empty the correct pre-packed bags. No frantic digging through luggage. After wearing an outfit, I’d roll the clothes back up and put them back into the appropriate bags.
I know it probably sounds loony, but it really helped and saved a lot of time.
4. Get steamy
If you know you won’t have time to iron on your trip, don’t want to iron, or won’t have an iron at all, hang your clothes (on hangers if you have them) in the bathroom, and close the door while you take a hot shower. The steam that fills the room will cut down on wrinkles in your clothes.
5. Where’s your shoe bag?
I used a cloth one that came with a pair of sandals I bought a while back, but a big plastic grocery bag would also work. I only brought a couple of pairs of shoes, and both of them fit in the same bag. Not only did it save me from having to dig around for them in my luggage, it also kept dirt from the heels away from the rest of my stuff.
Chances are you handle packing better than I do, but if you happen to be as packing-challenged as I am, I hope some of these tips help.
I stayed here at the Thompson Hotel
The lobby bar (they have killer mojitos!)
Loved this wall decoration…
Hope you had a fabulous Friday. Let’s get the weekend off to a fantastic start. I had fun this week, and this is only the beginning of our adventures in Toronto. There’s plenty more to come.
Right now I’m just glad to be home. Tabs gave me an excellent welcome, too, which involved several bites on my left wrist and a marathon biscuit-making session on my tum.
I really missed you and the blog. It felt weird not being able to check in as much as I usually do, but international data charges are pretty bootsie, let me tell you. AT&T, you guys can suck it.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,