Last Call for #ASTJAX – Things You May Still Want or Need

Was anyone else just buying their luggage today? Oops.

Like many others surely did, I took the afternoon off to run errands, pack, and finalize all of my Convention must-haves and details. And to cronicle it in my usual  day before Convention post of do-not-forgets.

During my luggage-induced venture to the TJ Maxx on State Street downtown I stumbled across a few other items that I had on my running list of wants/needs. I am a big fan of Coola products and spotted a big bottle of their classic unscented, daily wear sunscreen. It’s normally $30, because of the organic ingredients and the fact that you can wear it daily on the low without smelling like a beach, but as you can see I scored my bottle for 50% off. I will be transferring a small portion into a travel bottle for Jacksonville tonight!

I also found a fantastic memory foam travel pillow for only $9.99, which I semi-impulse purchased under the rationale that this may help me sleep on both of my early morning flights to and from #ASTJAX, as I’m not really the world’s greatest flyer. A small cost for hopefully catching some Z’s on most of both flights.

Travel pillow tip: if you get one with the little buttons/clips/Velcro similar to mine, you can attach it  care-free to your luggage’s exterior instead of taking up valuable packing space!

With having a Monday to Friday office gig I keep almost all of my nicer shoes in my large drawer at work. That being said, I really had to think ahead so I wouldn’t be caught packing today with nothing but sneakers and flip-flops. I was sure to grab my nude heels and a nice (and oh-so-comfortable) pair of black wedge sandals, to mull over which I will be bringing later tonight.

Moral of this story? If your nice shoes are at work, don’t forget to bring them home before your last day! I’ve fallen victim to that a few too many times.

Want to participate in Joanna Barrett’s morning yoga sessions? I know I’ll be there on Friday and Saturday and finally found a nice, affordable, pair of Gaiam yoga socks for the occassion. I was also able to locate a good quality yoga towel by Gaiam for less than $20. I have a mat but given that I am only carrying on to #ASTJAX there was just no room for it; however, I now have a dedicated yoga towel for Convention and it can be used on top of my mat afterwards- win/win!

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I tweeted this one the other day, half as a tip to others and half as a reminder to pack mine, but a nice wristlet with pockets will go a long way. In year’s past I’ve gone from having my tote during the day to just a little clutch at night for dinner/events, and you won’t have to worry about swapping out cards, cash, etc. If you have a big enough one your phone will also fit – a one stop shop! Plus, Vera Bradley:

How are you packing your jewelry? It may be a little late to advise you to order a nice, affordable jewelry organizer from Amazon (less than $10!), so that is my bad. However, I saw a bunch of great ones at TJ Maxx and Burlington Coat Factory when I was shopping around those stores recently, might be worth a look if you need one.

A less expensive and likely already owned hack: ziplock baggies. I accidently bought a box of those no-zip ones that only fold and never use them for anything besides packing necklaces separately so they do not tangle. Give it a shot!

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Other Last Minute To-Do’s and Packables:

  • Nails/Manicure/Pedicure – pack the color you’re wearing in case of chips
  • Tide To Go pens
  • Bandages for those super cute/painful heels
  • Suncare products – sunscreen, aloe, etc. it will be 95+ most of the days, be safe!
  • Wrinkle release products
  • Any persciptions you take daily or may need

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I am almost fully packed and starting to see posts of sisters arriving in Jacksonville which is only going to make it that much harder to sleep tonight! My last piece of advice is to plug your phone in and set multiple alarms if that is your only alarm clock. Wouldn’t want you to end up stranded in your Boston hotel room an hour after your flight has taken off because your phone alarm failed – trust me, it’s no fun. 🙂

Safe travels!


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