So this is the method to my madness with how I pack each week. Most times I'm only out for a night or two but this time I had work meetings then went home-home.
Two bags - one carry on suit case and one larger bag for valuables.
For work trips - pack all black outfits or all brown outfits. In other words, don't pack outfits that you'll need to wear brown shoes with and another that you'll need black shoes with. Wear one or the other that week and take one pair of shoes. Keep jewelry basic as well, you don't need a million necklaces. Just bring classic pearls, they go with everything.
I don't know about you all but when I leave for a long time, I need to bring work out clothes. Stick your socks and sports bras in your shoes. Bring limited running clothes that you can layer if need be. Put your kicks in last, upside down in your suitcase, they squish easily (see them in the top pic on the left?).
As for other events, bring a few dresses - Lilly ones pack easily and never wrinkle. I always bring two pairs of jeans (you could always use your work heels to dress jeans up). And then I bring two short sleeve and two long sleeve shirts (especially during the spring weather). If cowboy boots are a necessity like they are mine, wear them instead of having them take up a lot of space. Put all your underwear in a little lingerie bag and stuff it in the top zipper since it doesn't need to stay neatly folded (I also put PJ's in here). Max out all space in your suit case. If you don't think it will fit one more thing, trust me, it will. ;)
In my second "purse size bag" which is actually quite large haha, I have another longchamp in there full of my work stuff and computer. Then I have a couple gifts in that bag, my straightening iron, makeup bag, brush, wet ones to wipe rental cars stearing wheels off with (I'm crazy!), any magazines to read, your baggie of liquids and technically you're supposed to be able to fit your regular purse in this bag too. Well according to US Air you should. I "amazingly" made that fit this past week by sitting it on top of the bag and draping a Shep Shirt over it. :)
Need any other travel packing trips? Please leave a comment and I'll respond! Happy Summer Travels! Love, the girl that likes to pack everything in the world!
PS - hi to my friends from EAS's blog Let The Tide Bring Your Dreams Ashore!