packing for two weeks in Spokane.

In July, I went packed my things and sat in a car for six hours, arriving in the city of Spokane, WA. I was to spend the next two weeks sleeping in the dorms, going to lectures, and eating college food. That was basically the camp at Gonzaga Debate Institute. Knowing how tiny the dorms were supposed to be, I realized that I had to bring as little clothes as possible. Not only did I have to bring things to wear, I also had to bring sheets, a pillow, a ton of food, and basically everything I needed to survive (comfortably).

So, about three weeks before I really needed to start packing, I planned out what I was going to bring. I don’t have much artistic skill but I ended up drawing the items I wanted to bring on little post-it notes. These were super helpful just to see everything visually.
There are tons of formulae out there telling exactly how much of what you should bring based on how long your trip is. Six felt good to me, so I brought six tops and six bottoms. For bottoms, I brought four shorts, leggings (which I didn’t really wear), and I replaced that skirt with sweat pants (fantastic idea). For tops, I brought three tank tops, two tees, and a long sleeve that replaced one of those gray shirts. I also brought a light hoodie and a rain jacket.

Spokane in July is pretty hot, though the mornings are comfortable enough for me to wear sweats and a long sleeve. I spent about eight hours of the day in a heavily air-conditioned classroom so everything that I brought was actually too cold. But outdoors, it was perfect.


If everything coordinated, there would be 36 outfits which is plenty for a two week trip (we has access to a washer and dryer too). But since everything I brought didn’t require much outfit planning, I just grabbed what I wanted.

All of this, plus two pairs of shoes, towels, and toiletries, fit in a duffle bag. Success.


in a duffle: 2 week roadtrip



I am on a road trip right now.

*flashback music and distortion of the screen*

It was just an average after-dinner hangout on the deck, in the sumer heat and the orange sunset.

“Iris, come over here.”

I didn’t think much of it until my mom said:

“What do you think about going on a two week road trip with your cousin and his parents?”

Hmmm. Interesting.

“They are going to LA, San Fran, and a few other places. You’ll have to be very independent without us.”


*comes back into real time*

This is definitely something for my #successfulsummer list. So, being the overly planned packer that I am, I started a Google Doc with my packing list. There are a lot of packing lists and tips out there which are useful and insightful, but I’ll just add one more post. 🙂 Here’s what I plan on packing:



  • 6 shirts
  • 1 army jacket
  • 1 hoodie
  • 2 pants (jeans & sweats)
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 1 dress
  • socks
  • undies
  • 2 camis
  • pajamas
  • swimsuit
  • rain jacket
  • 1 pair of everyday sandals
  • 1 pair for shoes
  • 1 wide scarf

I was extremely inspired by the photo from House Mix Blog.


  • toothbrush & toothpaste
  • hairbrush
  • shampoo & conditioner
  • toner
  • moisturizer
  • cotton pads
  • dry shampoo
  • hair elastics/bobby pins
  • contact kit
  • concealer
  • lip balm

and of course my electronic, wallet, and neck pillow 🙂

Now, this is a road trip so I don’t have to worry about liquids or weight. I have also planned everything in outfits, although every shirt goes with every pant and goes with every jacket so I don’t really have to worry about that either.

As many, many sites will tell you, roll your clothes and use packing cubes. I rolled my clothes but since I didn’t have packing cubes, I just used old shopping bags from stores like Forever 21 or Gap.

It all fit in a duffle bag too (with room for purchases haha)! Ah, I am really excited  and I’ll definitely be sharing photos. 🙂