JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

Travel and Fashion!

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Okay, so after my big serious post summarizing my Europe trip (I’ve already been home for a week!), I thought it would be fun to have a light-hearted girly post about vacation clothes!!!  🙂

So, yes, that sentence might scare some off, but being the girly girl that I am, I just love clothes.  And shoes.  And fun make-up stuff.  The list goes on….  And I LOVE planning outfits for trips!

I don’t know about anyone else, but I start thinking about what I’m going to wear for trips WAY far in advance.  (And that’s why packing for my two months in Europe was SO challenging.  I think I packed and unpacked and repacked my suitcase at least five times.)

Going on almost four years working part time in a clothing store does have its effects.  I liked all kinds of clothes before that.  But a few years of working in a fun clothing store with an awesome team of other women makes you that much more inclined to drool over the latest fashions.  We spend our days helping other women pick out great outfits.  And of course we all try the clothes on ourselves.  I mean, we have to be able to let our clients know how all the different items fit, right?  🙂   (And shipment days feel like Christmas, as we all get excited to see what each new box holds!)

Well, that mentality doesn’t turn off during the other hours of your day.  I make no apologies – I like to look good and part of that results from my chosen outfit of the given day…. whether I’m at home or on vacation.  I especially love dresses and skirts and wearing beautiful colors!

So last night, I started going through my closet (already) with two things in mind: Disney trip in July and Croatia trip in August.  I usually start putting my summer Disney outfits aside as early as March.  (Yes, I did say I enjoyed the packing process.  I wasn’t kidding – haha!)  But since I was away in March, April is my start of summer trip outfit planning!

These trips will both have something very significant in common: it’s gonna be hot.  Like REALLY hot.  I have a few staples in my wardrobe that pretty much always accompany me to Disney: daytime park outfits (either shorts OR a tennis skirt with built in bike-style shorts and tank tops) and dinner/evening dresses (usually cute sundresses.)  Since my only experience so far in Croatia is in March weather, I don’t have any personal past experience to base my packing upon, but I’m going to just pretty much plan on wearing cute sun dresses each day.  And since we’ll be near the beach, I figure I’ll be spending a lot of time in my bathing suits – so I’ll take two of those.


And get this – I’m going to try to do both trips with just my carry-on and back pack each time.  Eek!!!  I tend to have a problem with over-packing.  But since I’ve been doing more and more travel, I’m trying to improve my skills in this area, and NOT over pack.  With that in mind, I am SO interested in hearing your “packing light” tips.  Please, dear readers, help me out!  Carry-on suitcase will be clothes and shoes.  Back pack will be lap top, toiletries, and make up.  Disney trip is 6 days (short easy flight), Croatia trip will probably be 10 days (long cross Atlantic flight, shorter flight, bus trips).  I also need to figure out how to work my shoe situation – casual, dressy, in between….. which ones to take?


I would love to hear how everyone else packs for trips.  Do you start planning far in advance (I know the Disney peeps do), or do you throw your stuff in your suitcase the night before?  Are you an over packer, or light packer?  How about making all toiletries work with just your 311 bag?  Those quart size baggies aren’t very big.  Do you just buy your sunscreen when you get to your destination so that you don’t have to make it work with the 311 bag?  How do you narrow down your shoe choices?  Help this over-packer reform!  Haha!


I’ll end this note with some pics of some of my favorite summer outfits!  Some of these will definitely be going with on one or both of my summer trips!



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 “Travel and Fashion!

  1. You might want to take a look at what this guy thinks about packing lightly: He recommends using a “packing list”, and reducing from there. If it isn’t on the list, it doesn’t go, and it’s a good reminder so that you don’t forget anything irreplaceable. I always try to remember that they HAVE stuff at your destination, and forgotten things can be had there.

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