I’ve been so excited for my first solo “back in action” trip. My mother agreed to care for Baby Points Traveler, so that I could have a weekend for myself (complete with lots of sleeping in). What a great belated birthday gift!
In short, my extended-weekend plans looked like this: Thursday and Friday in Seattle for the Freddie Awards and some mingling at the FTU cocktail hour followed by a somewhat impromptu hop to Miami for a few nights… since I’m officially over the never-ending winter in NJ.
At 5 am on Thursday morning, my groggy-eyed self packed my carry-on. Apparently I had sun and sand on my mind, because I filled my suitcase with lots of cute skirts and sundresses, along with sweats and pajamas.
Turns out, I forgot to pack any tops! I knew I couldn’t strut around town in my Cathay Pacific pajama top, and wearing a summer dress in chilly Seattle wasn’t going to cut it either. Adding to the stress was the fact that I was at the Holiday Inn airport hotel with no shopping in close vicinity.
I had to get creative. I ended up taking a mini skirt and wearing it as top for the time being… hey, it worked (it actually matched my jeans too!).
Once dressed in my make-shift outfit, I set out to join Kendra and a nice group of others to go thrifting in downtown Seattle. I always love a good deal, and now that I was short on “regular” clothes, I had the perfect excuse to go shopping.
In the end, I made out pretty well – I got a perfect fitting pair of jeans for just $5.74 and a top for $2.50.
One thing though – I think it’s time to revamp my packing strategies for the future. While, I love to pack lightly when traveling (I spent 5 days in Brazil last year with just the backpack shown below… yes I even had my computer and heels in there), I tend to forget some of the basics here and there.