Between packing and repacking for my most recent trip, I somehow ended up in New York with only one hot pink shoe.  This did little to improve my running, but apparently, I was secretly hoping to enjoy a Brooklyn hopscotch game.  This definitely made me re-evalute my organization and planning process when it comes to packing for adventures.

Packing for stand-by travel, to multiple destinations, is one of those skills that I am in the process of perfecting.  It’s challenging to pack when I’m not sure where I will end up.  Should  I pack for the beach, the snow, the nightlife?  What I have learned is that it is better to pack a variety with the thought of going anywhere, than be limited by a suitcase’s contents.

For flight attendant, stand-by, or carry-on travel, there are some items that are absolute must packs. Here is my go-to list. Guys are generally better at packing very minimally, so this list is tailored for a woman.

Packing List For My Carry-On:

Always, ALWAYS have a swimsuit and flip-flops.
Running shoes…preferably one for each footsie
Leggings (works for pajamas and exercising)
Sports bra
Sweatshirt and two long tank tops.
Flight attendant uniform dress, badge, passport, and black tights (makes navigating airports a breeze).
And I swear by sparkly TOM’s because they pass for flight attendant uniform footwear, comfy walking shoes, and fancy dancing kicks.

Depending on the length of the trip, or where the hoped/intended destination, I’ll pack the following:
skinny jeans
knit skirt
sarong (light cloth wrap that doubles as a towel or a beach wrap)
Jacket that is windproof/waterproof like this North Face Jacket.
One long-sleeved tee-shirt

I always get cold on planes, so I bring my own blanket/pillow combo (cuts down on the germ infestation).  Always remember to throw in the iPod and headphones to drown out the fussy baby.

Overall, when it comes to packing, the best advice I have is to pack items that are very versatile, comfortable, and practical.

And pack both your left shoe and your right.

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