How to pack to live out of a suitcase

Living out of one checked bag, one carry-on, and one backpack requires you leave many things home. My favorite Lehigh sweatshirt, my MacBook Air, and my favorite pairs of patterned shorts all did not make the cut, unfortunately.

What did make the cut?

  •  lots of business clothes
  • dress flats and heels
  • a travel steamer
  • four books (for the summer, I’ll switch to reading on my iPad once I am traveling)
  • photos of family and friends
  • some casual and workout clothes

Note: this is a very abbreviated list

All packed up but five pounds over
All packed up but five pounds over

My mom and I spent all of last week shopping for the new clothes that I needed and for odds and ends that I’ll need while traveling. The best travel accessory that we got are Dot & Dot clothes organizers so that my clothes are separated better in my suitcase–it will definitely make it easier while looking for stuff!

It took us a while to fit everything in while packing, and when we finally did we were five pounds over. So I had to say goodbye to some more clothes and switch out some toiletries for travel size ones, but now I am comfortably under the 50 pound limit. Next stop: Indy!

An alternate title for this blog was "A girl and her big blue suitcase"
An alternate title for this blog was “A girl and her big blue suitcase”




Adventure is out there

Tomorrow, I leave to start my first job as a Leadership Consultant for my sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta. I fly to Indianapolis for TLC (The Leadership Conference), a fraternity-wide* conference which this year is focused around recruitment. Training for the position starts right after, and we hit the road in August to visit and support chapters in the United States and Canada.

I am excited beyond belief because this is my dream job and I am working for an organization that has impacted my life in such a monumental way. I am also nervous because goodbyes are terrible and I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that I won’t see my family until October (going to college an hour and a half away from home had its perks, the biggest of which was I could see my family every few weeks).

This blog will chronicle my travels and adventures throughout the next year. I hope to post somewhat regularly, but we have a busy schedule so I will do my best! (on a related note, this site once hosted my study abroad blog, which can still be found below).

One of the things that I have been doing while going through stuff in my room is setting aside photos, some sentimental things, and letters and notes that friends and advisors have given me for encouragement and a sense of home while I am traveling. Two of my best friends, Rachel and Shannon, also gave me letters to send me off with–Rachel a letter as a graduation gift and Shannon a bundle of letters for me to open at specific occasions throughout the year. I am really lucky to have such great friends and can’t wait to read (and reread) the notes while on the road. 🙂

Coincidentally, the NPC (National Panhellenic Conference, the representative group of all inter/national Panhellenic sororities) re-did a video for potential new members recently as well. I watched the first version of the video during the fall of my freshman year of college when I was a PNM, and it gave me goosebumps. The video touched on many of the things that I was hoping to get out of a sorority–sisterhood, empowerment, support, love.  Watching it four years later, it gave me goosebumps again, but this time because I have gained these things during my time as a collegian and now have the opportunity to continue my personal growth and impact many college women as an LC.

*Alpha Gam was founded before the word “sorority” was used, which is why we are a women’s fraternity.