How I Packed for 10 Days

So, before my trip overseas, I searched the web for packing tips for 10 days. Much to my surprise, the “advice” wasn’t catering to me. Weather, work outs, engagements, etc. all played factors into packing.

Working Out: Work out clothes were easy to pack. I doubled my shoes with some outfits on days I didn’t have to dress more appropriate. Travel = walking a lot to sight see. I packed four outfits for working out because I knew I’d probably only have time for a few work outs. Early mornings, late nights, and jet lag all threw me off and I ended up working out a record one time. However, I walked a lot throughout the days. Next time, I’ll probably pack two or three pairs of work out gear. I made sure all of the workout clothes fit in the smallest packing cube to keep me in check about over packing.

Business Casual: Easy enough. What I can get away with wearing at work is pretty much what I packed. I brought two jackets which actually weren’t warm enough – kind of a fail. I packed about six shirts, but could have gotten away with four. I brought three dresses and could have gotten away with one or none. I brought three pairs of pants and bought one pair there (and damn, that was a good buy) to wear while there. I packed two scarves, but mostly wore one. I brought three four pairs of shoes (athletic, casual, and two chunk wedges) and could have gotten away with two. Moral of the story = no one cares what you wear because you are travelling!! I think I packed too much, but packed lighter than I usually do for domestic travel, lol.

Money Belt: Money, money, money. I usually wear a travel/money belt. I personally just feel safer this way on long flights where people generally pass out throughout the flight and the plane is dark. Better to be safe than sorry. I also kept within my budget and probably could have done better. I bought a pair of shoes while overseas, which weren’t a good buy and ended up giving them away to a friend upon return. Glad they got put to good use though. Given my meals, etc. were paid for, I only took $300. I exchanged currency when necessary. I probably could have saved about $50 on some impromptu purchases (shoes) but I’ve spent far more on dumb stuff. $300 was enough to just shop and I actually didn’t even spend that much. Something like $260 and that was mostly on gifts for people.

Now it’s back to working out and saving more money. I feel a bit more refreshed and want to plan my next adventure. Who knows where? But I have a feeling summer is going to be great. I’m still a bit jet lagged, but plan on at least going on a couple of walks this Easter weekend. Happy Easter to all who take time to read this.

 

No-Spend Month and Budget Breakdown.

I just purchased a plane ticket and will now start in on not spending a single penny on non-mandatory items. I have to buy food, gas, and pay my monthly bills – THAT IS IT! No shopping for extras and no going to the grocery store without a list. 
Budget Breakdown…
Fixed and variable expenses.
Fixed = expenses that don’t change = rent, student loans, etc.
Variable = well, they vary from month to month.
I’ve written out all of my fixed expenses, variable expenses, and total salary. I now know how much money I should have left over. What I have failed to do in the past is put my grocery list in the FIXED expenses category. This would just fluctuate. Eating out/Entertainment would also not be in the FIXED category.
Let’s be real: I hate when someone tells me what to do! 😤 When I put limitations on things I go and do the opposite even if it is not good for me in the long run. This is what happens when I put too much of a restriction on things like food budget and Eating out/Entertainment. This is why I increased my food budget drastically. I don’t want to be in the mindset that I can’t have.
However, the no-spend month (which has been written by many bloggers before) is essential in starting off a budgeting year! So this month, I’m making no spending a priority.