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Friday, November 05, 2010
What to wear, what to wear. I never know what to pack when I'm traveling. As the girls can tell you, I change clothes at least four to six times every morning because I can't decide what looks good. I'm never satisfied.

So now that I'm packing for a trip to San Francisco--yes! exciting, right?--I don't know what to pack. I'm told to dress in layers, but I plan to stay in the room a lot and work, and Mel's in conference every day all day, so we won't be out much. I want to be comfortable, but in a city like San Francisco, I need to wear city clothes, not my comfy hiking clothes that I wear on a hiking vacation.

Can you see my dilemma? Mel is easy to pack for. Jeans and tee shirts and a suit coat and sweat jacket, because that's what all the other conferees have been told to wear. But me? I'm on my own.

By the way, I love this jacket in the picture, but my latest craze has been coats and wraps and outer wear, and I'm full up. Don't need more.

I could use some advice. When you travel, what do you wear? Does it depend on where you go? Do you take just a few clothes and plan to do laundry halfway through the trip?

Oh, decisions, decisions.

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Hannah Alexander  
posted at 11:07 AM  
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At 12:19 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I really just wear what I wear at home. Good jeans, and nice sweaters over white long sleeved shirts. I'm a creature of habit. I do usually dress to go to San Francisco, it is more formal there.

Hey Cheryl, any desire to see the art museum while there? The impressionists are there. I'm not sure if it will still be there, but I'd love to go see the new deYoung in Golden Gate Park. I haven't seen it yet. K

At 12:48 PM, Blogger jel said...

can't help ya with what to wear,

just have a fun and safe trip,

At 3:32 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Thanks, Kris. I'll dress formally enough but comfortably enough to do a lot of walking.

Yeah, I'd love to meet you in SF! Great!

At 3:33 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Thanks, jell. I appreciate it. Safe is the first item on the agenda. LOL

At 4:29 PM, Blogger Deborah Raney said...

Cheryl, I love clothes from TravelSmith because you can wad them in your suitcase and pull them out with hardly a wrinkle. My "uniform" for travel anywhere is comfy black pants, black knit sleeveless top and jackets or shirt-jackets. And the secret is scarves. I've been on a tight budget lately but with a new scarf or two I can feel like I have a whole new wardrobe. Plus they add a little warmth in a chilly air-conditioned room.

P.S. I love that jacket in the photo too!

At 6:27 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I love the travelers, too, Deb. I got mine when they were on sale at Chico's. And scarves! Yes, I've just started getting some because Kris warned me it will get cold there. I found some knit jeans at Coldwater Creek that look like jeans and fit like stretchy pajamas, don't wrinkle, and I love them! Comfiest jeans ever.

I even got Mel a scarf to wear with his jacket, since Castle wears them on TV. LOL

At 8:19 AM, OpenID said...

Since I spend more than half of each year on the road, I've become highly skilled at packing. I bring a BIG suitcase and keep my clothes all in neutral tones: black/brown/white and try to buy pieces that will mix: cream/white/some prints but not a lot.

I like classic clothes that will look good just playing around, or going out to a party. I'm soooo lazy, I rarely iron. I travel with a small squirt bottle and just spritz and shake out the wrinkles. Hope you have fun!!! I do love, San Francisco :)

At 10:21 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Thank you, Katie. I don't know how you do it. I guess getting accustomed to a lot of travel is just like anything else--it takes time. I've never liked the pressure of flying. I'd much rather do a road trip, even if it isn't as safe.

I like the plain classics without a lot of decoration. More things match more easily.

At 1:32 PM, Blogger SandieP said...

I don't really travel, but my husband has been doing a lot of traveling lately. He always gets my daughter to come over and pack for him. She can get a week's worth of clothes in one of those small suitcases. Her secret is the Downy Wrinkle Releaser spray. We brought it with us on a recent trip and it worked wonderfully. That doesn't tell you WHAT to bring, but it might help with the packing. I always overpack. I like to have choices. I agree about layers though. At my time of life, I never know if I'll be hot or cold.

At 6:54 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

That's a great idea, Sandie. I may need to get some of that before we leave. I also have a cousin who hangs her clothes for the day in the bathroom when showering. The steam takes out the wrinkles.


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