Not your ordinary packing tips

Hey y’all. I’m the worst blogger. Has it been two weeks since my last post? Geez. I’ve been traveling a bunch. That’s my excuse. It’s also my next post- packing tips.  But it’s not your ordinary ones.

For my job there’s two types of trips I take: there are long 10 day baseball road trips, or the shorter three-day football/basketball trips. Obviously the 10 day trips are a completely different bear to tackle. So these tips are for your shorter, more frequent trips.

During football season, I leave on Thursday and come back either Saturday or Sunday. When I get home, I throw my suitcase in the guest room. It stays there until I leave on Thursday. I wash the clothes in the suitcase, and then throw them right back in. Same workout clothes, same pajamas, same casual clothes. Other than my on-air clothes, the rest of my travel clothes stay the same. If you’ve ever seen me on a flight, I wear the same thing every time- flannel shirt, jeans and Chucks. And let’s be honest, a lot of times I just keep the same workout clothes in the suitcase, because they didn’t get used on the last trip.

To prevent leaving anything behind, I basically have two of everything: toothbrush, hair brush, deodorant, etc. I even have a second cell phone charger. All those items don’t leave the suitcase.

Random items I bring with me:

Metal paper clip.


My old baseball analyst taught me this one. This is to pin the curtains in a hotel room together. I hate when you’ve got a street light shining right through the crack of the curtains. This is the perfect fix. Or a clothes pin.

Cheap travel steamer:


The one I have is from Amazon. I’ve ruined tons of clothes using cheap hotel irons. This was like $19, and well worth it.

Luna Bars. Lots of them.


This is my go-to travel snack. I keep about five of them in my bag. There are times when I’m starving and running to catch a flight. Instead of spending $10 on a snack box on the plane or fast food at the airport, this (or two of them) will hold me over until I land.

These last two won’t apply to most other people. Hand warmers and umbrella


I obviously check the weather before I leave each week, but by October you can assume most places you go will be cold or windy. These two items stay in my suitcase. Maybe I’ll do a blog about the stuff I pack if I know it’s raining at my football game. Thats a bunch of random items too.

That’s about it! If you’ve got any fun travel tips- leave them in a comment below. I’m also on the lookout for a new suitcase. Does anyone have a good, inexpensive suitcase you love?





7 thoughts on “Not your ordinary packing tips”

  1. Empty water bottle… to refill, ad infinitum, in the hotel gym (no workout clothes required! Lol). Free samples of makeup/skincare products instead of the full size (sometimes I put small amounts of the real deal in contact lens containers if I’m out of samples). (I also make use of birchbox-type samples this way… otherwise, I would never try them!) Shoe bags (I’ve found them at BB&B, Kate Spade, and in a stroke of forward-looking genius, the fabric packaging sacks that come with Restoration Hardware bedding) to protect(a) shoes from scuffs and (b) other things from shoe soles. Great suitcases: I swear by the Swiss Gear line at Target. Right now they have a carry-on sized roller/duffle that is perfect for a 2- or 3-day trip. I think all of the sizes come with a spillproof ditty bag that’s perfect for makeup/toiletries. The bigger suitcase is just right for a week-long trip, but it’s not so big that people will mistake you as a college kid en route to studying abroad. 😉

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