Thursday, August 22, 2013

On a trip to get my sanity back...

Do you think it will all fit?


I have to be prepared.  I mean, this trip is three days, after all.  No one can survive three days in Lake Tahoe without a hair dryer.  NO ONE.

For a three day Lake Tahoe wedding trip in middle of the summer, you will need:

  • Travel dress that doesn't wrinkle and is comfortable enough for a long drive
  • Platform sandals to go with said dress
  • Flats in case you get sick of said sandals
  • Scarf to pull the entire outfit together
  • Comfortable bra
  • Aviators and Blues Brothers sunglasses.  Both are necessary.  Best not to ask why.
  • Cute, casual hat to cover frizzy hair during pit-stops on the road
  • Large purse that's capable of holding wallet, cell phone, sunglasses, breath mints, water bottle, and the 30,000 receipts you keep promising yourself you'll throw out one day
  • Jeans and ratty t-shirt for the drive back home, when you're too hungover to care about cute dresses and frizzy hair
  • Ibuprofen and Gatorade (again, for the hangover-induced drive back home)
  • Fancy dress #1 for wedding
  • Fancy dress #2 for wedding in case, on the day of the wedding, you decide you look bloated in dress choice #1
  • Fancy dress #3 for wedding in case you accidentally spill something on dress #1 and dress #2
  • Strapless, uncomfortable bra
  • Stockings.  Because you never know.
  • Fascinator #1
  • Fascinator #2.  Again - fascinator #1 might make you look bloated on the day of the wedding
  • Two pairs of high heels, since you can't decide which pair will look better with your fancy dress and you know you'll regret leaving either pair back at home if you don't bring both pairs to begin with
  • Evening bag which will only fit cell phone and debit card
  • Cute cover-up for fancy dress that doesn't actually keep you warm but looks amazing
  • Less cute cover-up for fancy dress that you wear when it inevitably gets freezing but you're too drunk to care about what you look like and your makeup is already running down your face from too much sweat produced while dancing anyway
  • 20 pairs of underwear ranging from granny panties to the more unmentionable variety - because you can never be too careful and prepared when it comes to knickers
  • Makeup (which, in its entirety, may take up its own suitcase.  Don't worry.  This is normal.)
  • Hairdryer
  • Hairspray
  • Hair straightener
  • Hair curling iron
  • 58 bobby pins for the inspired up-do that you saw a picture of in a magazine that one time
  • Comb and hair tie for when you give up on the up-do after an hour and a half of failure and settle for a casual ponytail
  • Actually, make it two hair ties.  You'll end up losing one.
  • Sports bra and other hiking clothes to fool everyone into thinking you're going to make this trip into a sporty outing.  These can be kept at the bottom of your suitcase, as you'll never get around to using them anyway.  But you'll feel self-righteous knowing that they're there, so bring them.
  • Hiking shoes
  • 1 pair of socks for hiking shoes (it doesn't matter if they're matching, you won't end up wearing them anyway)
  • Thick sweater, down jacket, and snow boots in case, for some reason, it starts snowing.  This is the wilderness, after all.  These things happen.
  • Swimsuit, in case there's a hot tub
  • Swimsuit cover-up, because San Franciscan bodies are never swimsuit-ready.  That nonsense only exists in L.A. and the south of France
  • Sunless tanner in case you actually have to put on the swimsuit.
  • Nice dslr camera
  • Light, cheap, plastic Holga camera because you still have film left on it you want to use up
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Carry-on sized suitcase to shove everything into

You can leave the following items at home, because you'll end up forgetting to pack them anyway:

  • Toothbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Dslr camera battery charger

Have a great weekend, everyone!  Don't miss me too much!


  1. Haha, LOVE it, Leith! Sorry I missed your call yesterday-- I had a fabulous birthday, and will call you to catch up after this wedding event you're attending.

    I hate travelling. I don't know why I chose a profession that requires me to do it so much, and to go to boring places. If I'm going to travel to work, I should at least get to go some place more exotic than Orange County :P Have fun-- you'll look so hot in those dresses. You better flirt your skinny butt off!!

    1. So glad you had a fun birthday! :) I love traveling (as you know) but yeah, the packing is not fun! Feel free to take a business trip up to San Francisco anytime!

  2. I love that funny, funny list of things and how you described the reasons for each. Did it all end up fitting?

    I am really glad you are having the chance to get out and go!