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SEA>SFO>LAX and Back Again

 
 

my boyfriend (zach) and i are born one day apart, that means we get to celebrate our birthdays together every year. about three years ago we made the decision that we wouldn't be getting each other "presents" anymore. instead we would be doing something fun together. we have taken small trips, pampered ourselves, a fun local event, etc. ever since. we like to consider giving each other memories and moments rather than things, this tradition has now taken over all occasions that used to involve physical gifts. this year we took a couple of extra days and went to California to check some stuff off of zach's bucket list, visit friends and see some of my favorite cities. 

 i finally made it to Golden Gate park after going over and under and all around the bridge the past few times i have been to San Francisco

i finally made it to Golden Gate park after going over and under and all around the bridge the past few times i have been to San Francisco

 

click through to see some highlights from our trip. we stopped in San Francisco then LA and back to Seattle in 5 days.

 
 wearing: the  suna throw  as a scarf and the  floral kimono

wearing: the suna throw as a scarf and the floral kimono

 

because we are young working professionals we tend to take short trips and attempt to be frugal with our time and money. living and working towards a more minimal lifestyle has translated into our travel as well.

i should clarify that i used to take 100+ items with me for a two night trip anywhere. i was/am overly ambitious in what i thought could be accomplished on my trip and what i would need to take.now i take less than half of that for a five day trip to two different cities and am learning to utilize whatever is in my suitcase.

the best part is that the lack of "things" has simplified my packing process and made getting ready each day of my trip so much easier, and therefor the whole experience of any destination more enjoyable.

 

when i am preparing for any sort of travel i start by assessing my usual items and which of them i will need. i always take my personal "classic pieces". i know what i wear constantly and what i am comfortable in, so my packing list is pretty much always inclusive of items like jeans, a white tee, my leather jacket, a crossbody bag, and my white leather Keds. depending on the weather i'm going into, i then add a selection of appropriate layering options.

 
 

layering multiple pieces that coordinate as well as packing multi purpose items has been the key for me in changing my packing ways.  on this trip i loved that the suna throw was my scarf in the airport and a few chilly evenings, but easily became a blanket on the plane and a towel at the beach. layering the floral kimono over white jeans made me feel trendy and fun but i know it can be worn for years to come. the stripe maxi dress was my savior when we made an impromptu stop at Rosenthal Winery in Malibu, i kept up with the fashion forward LA crowd but was still comfortable.

 the  wrap maxi dress  kept me cool in the LA heat

the wrap maxi dress kept me cool in the LA heat

i have come to realize that having the right items to bring with me is a key part of living a little more in the moment and enjoying the journey. as CoCapsules evolves, we plan to build our travel capsule section with travel guides, packing how-to's, and the best travel essentials on the market! we'd love your feedback on travel experience so we can cater this section to our community. send us a message or comment below!

 

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