JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.


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Even though my big trip to Europe is still several weeks away, I can’t help but already be thinking a lot about packing.

I have to be able to get my life into a suitcase and a carry-on, and have just those items to get me by for seven weeks. I know that for some people this kind of task is rather easy. I am not one of those people. Packing for summer trips is at least easIER – summer clothes take up so little room. But winter is incredibly tricky to pack for. Sweaters take up a bunch of room in a suitcase. Plus, I have to think about packing for so many different situations. I’ll have outdoor exploring time. (Need to take my snow boots and hard core snow gear for when I meet up with some people in the Austrian Alps for a few days.) Then I need every-day casual attire, audition outfits, cute stuff to wear out for social outings. And shoes for all of those types of outfits. And my music. And my laptop and other electronic devices. And make-up. And toiletries.

I’ve decided that all outfits will have to be able to be worn with black shoes. (Of which I’ll take several styles.) That will keep things easily match-able, and will help to streamline the shoe situation overall. But the girly-girl in me is sad to not bring my awesome brown boots and the clothes I could rock with them. But that’s okay. Seven weeks sounds long, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s really just a drop in the bucket. I can be without my brown-shoe-outfits for seven weeks. I’ll just wear them a bunch before I go! (haha!)

I’m also a bit worried about the weight limit on my suitcase. I’ll have to keep an eye on that as I pack – and perhaps invest in a scale so I can weigh it before hand. I just know that jeans weigh a lot….

But the packing element to any trip is always a weird sort of fun for me. I really like putting together outfits to wear and seeing how different items will work together. The planner in me is just in her element in these kinds of situations!

So here’s a question….. anyone have any favorite packing tips that you just LOVE? I’d be very interested in hearing them!


Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

One thought on “Packing…..

  1. I just got some packing cubes.They are little fabric cubes that you can pack, (blouses in one, underwear in another etc.) Or, you could pack each cube with a different outfit. Then you just pack the cubes in your suitcase. I haven’t tried them yet. Seems like a great idea, (which is why I bought them), but I already know that they should come in a variety of sizes.

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