Short trip to San Francisco Packing List

Nicole Voris

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.

Dance clothes:

  • 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
  • Charger
  • Headphones
  • 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!

Las Vegas Birthday Weekend

Nicole Voris

We recently went to Las Vegas to celebrate my birthday.  I love going to Vegas for one day or two because it is a nice easy getaway from Los Angeles.  It is a short drive and it's fun to bask in the ridiculousness of the city.

We realized when we arrived that it was the Rodeo finals.  There were sooooo many cowboys.  I grew up in the country and know and love many working cowboys, but it's really funny to see them in Vegas outside of their natural element.

Even he was a cowboy

Even he was a cowboy


I did not pack or dress for the rodeo finals.  I stuck to an all black and white palette.

I had a great weekend and a great birthday! I'm lucky to have such wonderful people to take me!

Birthday outfit

Birthday outfit

Packing for Seattle

Nicole Voris

I recently traveled to Seattle to perform.  I was lucky enough to be a part of one of my best friend's pieces.  Thank you Erin Crall for including me in your vision! I felt lucky to be a part of it!

When I travel, I try to pack as light as possible.  I can't stand it when I pack and take something with me, but it doesn't end up being used.  It's a game for me, a sad adult game, but a game none the less.

Going to Seattle in November with the second side of performing made it a bit more of a challenge for me.  I stuck to my normal strategy of packing mostly in the black and white realm.  I also added a coat and a poncho that I could wear as a scarf.

Ballet Clothes.  Sochi likes to help pack!

Ballet Clothes.  Sochi likes to help pack!

Regular clothes including pajamas

Regular clothes including pajamas

Traveling clothes (including the poncho!)

Traveling clothes (including the poncho!)

I also ended up adding a pair of boots, a cocktail dress for the show reception, and a pair of flats. I also forgot to photograph my toiletries and makeup, but I'm sure you get the idea!  I packed it all in my travel backpack.  I'm proud of how well I did this trip! What are your packing strategies? Any tips?