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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!


Packing for Ames, Iowa


April 4, 2016



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