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Packing for Ames, Iowa

April 4, 2016

It’s been a few years since I’ve had a real spring break — well, 5 years to be exact — but I can still get excited for a spring trip to Iowa, right?

In a couple of weeks, Andra and I will be heading to Iowa State University to speak to students about entrepreneurship! Just recently, I celebrated my first year as a full-time entrepreneur, so it is surreal — and such an honor — to look forward to a speaking opportunity like this one!

When I made my New Year’s Resolutions in January, I resolved to travel more — and I have definitely been getting my fill this year; trips to San Diego, Charleston, Annapolis, and Washington DC have already come and gone. Now, I’m looking forward to Ames in April, Denver in July, a wedding anniversary trip with Ben in August, and finally, Memphis in November. I’m really excited to have an opportunity to travel — whether for business or just for fun!

These days, I’ve been working on becoming a better traveler, and I owe a lot to an organizer or two I picked up from Target last year! In addition to being organized, I’ve been working on packing a more versatile set of clothing — so I can mix and match and (hopefully) travel with less.

Today, I’m excited to share how I’m packing for our trip to Ames, Iowa!

Packing for Ames, Iowa

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I’m excited to bring more versatile pieces along to Iowa, so I can mix and match and travel with less. For a weekend getaway in Iowa, I recommend:

  • Jeans! Although we love to believe spring is a warm season in the Midwest, it really is chilly until May. These jeans can be dressed up or down, and will go with everything.
  • Plain tees and tanks. The tee and tank top shown above can be worn with either pair of jeans – or even tucked into the floral skirt.
  • Neutral flats. Flats are my favorite! In fact, I’m not sure I’ll ever be a heels type of girl. These pointed-toe flats are simple, but dressy enough for a conference!
  • An everyday bag. When it comes to conferences and business tips, the larger the bag — the better. I always bring my DSLR camera along, which is big and clunky, along with my laptop.
  • One piece not shown above: a cardigan. I’m planning to keep a cardigan in my bag, just in case it is a bit colder than I expect!
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If you’re traveling to or traveling within the Midwest this spring, I hope these tips help you to feel extra-prepared for your trip!

Are you traveling anywhere for Spring Break? Share in the comments below,
and please send sunshine and warm weather our way!