I pride myself on being a light packer. I try to make it a game with myself to see how efficiently I can pack without missing anything I need. With ballet though sometimes it feels like I need to pack two wardrobes, one for the studio and one for the street.
Here is what I brought:
Here’s what’s on the packing list.
- 2 Ballet Zaida Leotards
- 1 pair of black tights
- 1 pair of bootie shorts
- 1 theraband
- 1 tennis ball
- 1 pair of warm up pants
- 1 pair of legwarmers
- 1 pair of pointe shoes in good condition (to last through two classes)
- 1 pair of flat shoes
- 1 set of toe pads/toe spacers (not shown)
- 1 black sweater that I will also wear as “street clothes”
- 1 bag to use as my dance bag (I chose my favorite giraffe print bag that my mom got for me)
Regular clothes list:
- 1 black sweater (same sweater from dance clothes list)
- 1 pair of black jeans
- 1 pair of black leggings
- 3 shirts (one crop top, one turtle neck long sleeve, and one white blouse)
- 6 pairs of underwear
- 2 socks
- 1 bra
- 1 set of warm pajamas
- 1 leather jacket (San Francisco can be cold all year round)
- 1 pair of flats
- 1 pair of ankle boots
- My cross body bag that I will use as a purse
- A tripod for my iphone
- Cosmetics/toiletry bag
- My reusable water bottle
Electronics (not shown above)
- Iphone 6 plus
- Ipad Mini
- My reusable water bottle
When making my packing list I try to choose clothes that go well together and are in the same color pallet. I chose to go with mostly blacks and whites so that I could mix and match. I also chose shirts that are easy to wash in the sink and that dry quickly. My brown jacket isn’t in the white and black family, but I don’t have a problem wearing brown and black together, I personally find it aesthetically pleasing. :)
How did I pack it? I have recently switched to using a travel backpack. I use an Ebags weekend mother loader. It has a ton of pockets, can pack a lot, fits my frame, and gives me much more freedom when traveling.
I packed all of my clothes and toiletries in the main pocket for convenience. It’s easier for me if everything is together. There is a center divider so I packed all of the dance clothes on the left and the regular clothes on the right.
I didn’t pack my boots, leather jacket, or leggings because I will wear them on the drive up.
In the back pocket regularly reserved for a laptop I packed my dance bag.
In one of the front pockets I took advantage of the organization system to pack my electronics.
I also packed my purse in that pocket so I would only have to worry about carrying my backpack when we get to our destination.
Fully packed! I still have tons of room in the backpack and could probably fit twice as much! San Francisco, here we come!