The Packing Frenzy Begins

9-08-3This is my first year to finally attend the RWA national conference. I’ve watched my friends and chapter mates attend year after year. The whole time I just kept saying as soon as I’m in the right place with my writing I’m going.

Right place or not I signed up this year to go to Atlanta.  And even though it is technically 38 days till I leave the packing frenzy has begun. What type of clothes do I wear? Does anything still fit me? How can I downsize my packing?

I’m a stay at home writer/homeschool mom/domestic goddess who normally dresses in yoga pants or this time of year shorts. And yeah sometimes I stay in pj’s all day. I’m at home 90% of the time and except for the poor mailman no one is going to see what I wear.

Now I have to find professional attire that fits and is comfortable. And figure out how to pack it all in a case I can schlep around without pulling a hernia. The girls I travel with  know I normally take more than I need on a trip. Seems like I have forty bags by the time I have my suitcase, a hanging bag, my laptop bag and a purse. Obviously I don’t fly much. The girls manage with far less than me every time.

So I turned to the net for packing help. So many tips on how to pack a bag. Most are on putting everything in one carry-on. The thought of stuffing all my must haves in one bag gives me a headache.
For packing tips:
http://thefeministbreeder.com/why-subscribe/how-to-pack-a-carry-on-like-a-boss/
http://www.smartertravel.com/photo-galleries/editorial/how-to-pack-for-a-week-in-a-carry-on-bag.html?id=372

After learning how to pack lighter I turned to tips from those who have gone before on what to bring. I’m not a dress girl so it will be dress capri’s or light weight slacks. And even though I’m hot natured I’ll bring a cardigan or two in case of a chill.

Past RWA packing advice:
http://adcmagazine.com/Articles/2012/rwawithcathytully.html
http://jamigold.com/2012/07/the-ultimate-conference-packing-list/

And since I’m lost without my lists here is a great packing list:
http://www.smartertravel.com/blogs/today-in-travel/the-ultimate-packing-list.html?id=13784603

So any conference advice on what to wear? Packing tips?

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About page pennington

Virtual Author Assistant. Contemporary and Paranormal writer, Homeschool Mom and Passionate Knitter. Loves hummingbirds, zumba, cats and great books.

Posted on June 8, 2013, in Uncategorized, Writing and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the link! I’m not going this year, so I’m bummed to miss out. *sigh* Good luck with your packing and have fun at RWA. 🙂

  2. Printed out a copy of your list to use. I will need the luck. I’m a packing accident waiting to happen.

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