Friday 20 April 2018

Traveling Light: Spring Packing List for Portland


If you read my post on Wednesday, you know I enjoyed a trip to the city of Portland, Oregon, last week.  I am still flying high from he excitement (yes, I don't get out much).  Over the years I've learned to be much more intentional with my wardrobe including what I pack when going on a trip.  I was tracking the weather in Portland and knew it was similar to Vancouver and Seattle.  I also knew that I could do office casual for our Reading the World conference and that we would likely go out in the evenings. 


I didn't take outfit photographs on this trip so you'll just have to imagine most of them but since the weather is still chilly and it drizzles most of the time I took:


Footwear: booties and flats (I mostly wore the booties because they kept my feet warm & dry)

Shirts: white tee, blouse, tunic (that layers under the kimono/blazer)

Bottoms: leggings & jeans (because they go with everything and don't ever appear dirty)

Layering Pieces: kimono/cardigan of your choice; blazer that is neutral (I choose navy)

Dress:  cute dress that layers under either the blazer/cardigan  (because you'll want to go out & look fab!) 

Outerwear: trench coat (professional and fairly rain resistant)

Another thing I was sure I wanted to  do was take in the city sights and natural beauty by either running or hiking. So I also organized a wardrobe that would allow me to do both of those activities in style and comfort. 


Though I created a minimalist list of items that could fit into a carry-on in theory, with make-up, hair products, accessories and a need for space in the bag so that I can shop, I still took my big suitcase.  Looking forward to sharing a few of the items that I did pick up while in Portland, though I kept it to a minimum. 


  1. Such a great list! I love getting ideas for packing. Flats and cute comfy shoes are my favorite for traveling. All of your looks were perfect! Sierra~Beautifully Candid

  2. I just love those pale pink gold studded flats! The umbrella is probably a wise choice, too!!


  3. Perfect choices for our early spring climate!

  4. These are such great looks! I really love your blue dress and yellow kimono, gorgeous look!

    xx, Elise

  5. Great packing list! I love how everything mix and matches so well! Looks like you were super stylish the whole trip!

  6. You're a packing pro and I love the outfits you put together. It sounds like a fun trip and I can't wait to see what you picked up!

    Pumps and Push-Ups

  7. So many useful tips! Thanks for sharing these amazing looks! All your clothes matches perfectly! Creating some kind of "uniforms" is a wonderful idea! You don't have to agonize over what to wear when being on vacation, and it's usually super simple stuff. I'll definitely borrow your idea :)