For those that follow along on instagram, you know that I recently traveled to Washington, D.C. for a work trip. My colleagues and I go there every year for the Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB). About 16,000 people (!!!) travel from all over the world to present their research, learn from others, and stay up-to-date on the most recent engineering advances. It’s an insanely packed four days. And it’s interesting, exciting, tiring, everything. Haha!
Anyway, whenever I travel I try to be cognizant of how I’m packing so that I get the most out of my clothes. I plan out all my outfits ahead of time. I try to pack pieces of clothing that can do double-duty. You might see me wear the same sweater during the trip, but if I mix it with different items it doesn’t matter! I also bring accessories that will work with multiple outfits. I carried the same tote bag, packed one belt, and wore the same jewelry over the course of the trip.
In this post, I’m going to show you how I dressed for each day of the trip. You’ll notice how I was able to pack efficiently by using the tips I mentioned above.
Day 1: Traveling + sight-seeing + business casual cocktail hour
Lots of different activities on the first day, but I wore variations of this outfit for the entire day. Black jeans, black tee, and a neutral cardigan: super easy to dress up or down.
Our flight left Kentucky at 6am, so I was up at 4:30. (#allthecoffee) For the flight, I wore my Sperry winter boots since they would have taken up too much room in my suitcase.
Once we got to D.C., we set out to explore the city. I wore all my outerwear (fleece jacket, parka, scarf, and hat) since it was about 15 degrees.
In the evening, the conference kicked off with a business casual cocktail hour. I traded in my snow boots for cute booties and carried only a clutch. (Even when I carried my big purse, this clutch became my wallet, so it was used throughout the week.)
Day 2: Attending seminars + lunch meeting
Another very cold day, so I layered up! I wore a patterned oxford shirt with a crewneck sweater on top, and paired it with black slacks and heels. I accessorized with the perfect neutral tote bag and my favorite watch (worn throughout the week).
Day 3: Presenting my research + more seminars
My biggest day: I presented my research in front of a committee on geospatial technology! I dressed for the occasion in a pretty blue blouse and grey blazer. You’ll notice the same belt from Day 1 and the same bag and shoes from Day 2.
(My lip color is HERE, in “rosewood”.)
Night 3: Drinks at casual bar with colleagues
Every year, everyone at the conference from Kentucky heads to a local bar to watch our basketball team play. It’s really fun! I didn’t get a real good photo of this night, but I wore the same jeans and booties from Day 1, and the sweater was a repeat from Day 2. It was a very easy, casual look that utilized items I was already bringing with me.
Day 4: Seminars + sight-seeing
Oh man, by Day 4 I was t.i.r.e.d., and you can tell from these pictures. Haha! I didn’t even put make up on for the last day. I wore a grey blouse and black blazer, and re-wore my black jeans for a third time. These loafers were utilized throughout the week too: We had to walk from our hotel to the conference center and they were easy to fit in my bag in case my feet started to hurt.
Our flight out wasn’t until 8pm, so after lunch we did a bit more sight-seeing before heading to the airport. I changed into my boots for the flight again so that my suitcase was packed as efficiently as possible.
This annual trip is always tiring but so fun and interesting at the same time. My outfits worked perfectly for everything I needed, and I loved that I was able to re-wear a few pieces throughout the week.
Whatever trip you’re planning in the future, I hope these tips help you plan efficiently!
As always, thanks so much for reading!! 🙂