Lower Manhattan from the River
Lower Manhattan from the Staten Island Ferry

In briefcase/laptop bag:

government issued ID (driver’s license if necessary)

all confirmations for hotel, restaurant reservations, car rentals and flights.

list of restaurants and sights

map, if I have one


Cell phone/charger

Canon G11 point  & shoot camera with case, battery and memory card (optional)

Kindle, book or magazines

cosmetics (2-3oz Nalgene bottles in 1 quart ziplock)

pills in a small Mon-Sun organizer


1-2 granola bars




business cards and paperwork for meetings


In roll-aboard:

small black handbag

brush or comb and non-liquid items like deodorant, toothbrush, razor

1 suit with 2 matching tops

1 dress

1 skirt with 2 matching sweater sets

1 pr black jeans

2 nice t-shirts

1 casual skirt

bathing suit/cover up (optional)*

1 pr dressy black mid-heeled sandals that can go day to night

flat black nice sandals

flip flops and hat (optional)*


workout clothing (optional)

hose and knee high hose (based on destination)


Eagle Creek cube with first aid kit, extra TSA lockalarm clock, Tylenol, Tylenol PM, blister protection, rolling tote bag and other assorted necessary items

On plane: wore ballet flats, jeans, tshirt, fleece

This is a list prepared for a 5 day/4 night trip to San Diego in warm weather where I was seeing clients who would notice if an outfit was repeated. Add a coat/scarf/gloves/heavier shoes if necessary. *After San Diego, I spent 4 nights at a beach resort in Mexico – and fit everything in a carry on and tote bag.

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