5 Simple Packing Tips

Last weekend the boyfriend took me to DC and Annapolis for a weekend getaway!

I’ll share our vacation in another post, but I wanted to provide some packing tipsΒ for a small trip!

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  1. Pack light! I know this is obvious, but it can be really difficult to only bring what you really need. One way I avoid over packing is by packing outfits that I know I will wear, rather than individual pieces.
  2. Dresses are your best friend. They are easy to fold into a small suitcase and are a whole outfit in one piece!
  3. Pick your three favorite shoes and wear one. Shoes are my downfall because I always want a variety of shoes for all the places I might be going. I will admit I brought way too many shoes for this trip, but I wore my Kate Spade Keds, and brought my Jack Rogers, and two (yikes) pairs of wedges. I have no self control.
  4. Limit the accessories. Bring your favorite necklace and a couple pairs of earrings, and leave the chunky stuff at home. It will save you space and make your suitcase that much lighter.
  5. My favorite thing in this suitcase is the Wear Me/Wash Me bag that I got as a gift with purchase from Lilly Pulitzer. It is perfect for hiding away intimates and bathing suits!

What are your favorite packing tips?

Ireland!

As my graduation gift, I went on a ten day trip to Ireland with Jack, ending with his cousin’s wedding! His family is originally from Ireland, so this is my second time going. However, the first time we did not get to do any site seeing, since he was the best man in his brother’s wedding. This time, we saw everything!

Day 0

Here we are on our flight to Dublin! It was overnight, which was pretty tough, but we made it through.

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Day 1

We arrived in Dublin at 9 am, and were exhausted. We stayed at Staunton’s on the Green, which is a beautiful guest house right on St Stephen’s Green.

We stopped at the Bald Barista since we were so tired, and once we got into our room, we took a very long nap. We walked around Grafton Street a little as well.

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Day 2

Today we walked around the green and went to Trinity College to see the Book of Kells.

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Then we went to the Guinness Factory! Definitely buy your tickets online in advance because we skipped a massive line. The factory itself is very well designed and we learned a lot.

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Every admission comes with a free pint, and we chose to learn how to pour our own! We even got certificates! (Can you tell how tired we look?!)

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After dinner, which we barely ate because we were so jet lagged, (I honestly don’t even remember what it was called, but it was Italian and very cute) we stopped to get a small cup of gelato to share. Then we passed out!

Day 3

Happy Easter! We spent most of the day with Jack’s family, went to mass, and then had dinner. It was a beautiful day, so we took some selfies on the green!

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We also got some homemade Irish ice-cream at Murphy’s!

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Day 4

Drove up to Belfast, where we checked into the Hilton. We went straight to the Titanic Museum, which is a must if you’re in Northern Ireland!

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We walked around the city for a while and saw the beautiful architecture, and art from the Troubles. It was very cool, especially since my thesis covers parts of the troubles.

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We also went to Victoria Square, which is an outdoor mall, with a great view from the top of this platform!

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Day 5

Today we went on a huge tour of the Carrick-a-Rede bridge, the South Antrim Coast, and Giant’s Causeway. It took all day, but the weather was beautiful and we really enjoyed it!

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Day 6

Today was very long as we traveled all the way down to Cork! We went to the English Market, which was a cool indoor shopping area, and explored the city a bit!

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Day 7

Today we went to Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone. The castle and gardens are absolutely beautiful. We went early in the morning so it was a bit foggy, but we missed all the lines, and it warmed up a lot while we were there.

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We then took the train to Port Laois to meet up with Jack’s family and participate in the wedding festivities!

Day 7 and 8

Hung around with Jack’s family, and then the wedding day! We took some family photos at the Emo House, a big estate that’s turned into a public park. The reception took place at Hotel Kilkenny, and was lovely.

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I wore a Lilly Pulitzer dress and gold Kate Spade bangle.

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The next day we went back to Dublin to wait for our flight. We all contracted a stomach virus that has been going around, so the journey home was far from pleasant. Despite that, we had an amazing trip and I can’t wait for the future trips to come!