For those of you reading this post and are unsure of what exactly TBEX is, well allow me to update you. TBEX is short for the Travel Blog Exchange; and that is where myself Lindsay Carreiro of Fashionista’s Travel and Mike Richard of Vagabondish are heading for a weekend of workshops, guest speakers and networking aka drinking.

In addition to attending TBEX we will also be staying in Vancouver for an extra week to do some sightseeing.

Which brings me to the problem of what to pack?

We will be staying approximatively 9 days. Which also makes me question “to check luggage or to not check luggage”, clearly if you are checking luggage it makes “what to pack” slightly easier.  When you are not checking luggage, which I do most of the time, it can be a challenge trying to figure out how you will fit everything.

  • So the first thing you should do is check the weather. Check the weather in the cities you will be visiting, don’t assume because it is almost Summer on the East Coast that it will be the same degree wise, elsewhere.
  • Think about shoes, yes shoes. Shoes play a vital role in planning any trip. You should always build your outfits UP starting with shoes. Vancouver is a walking city, so packing 4inch stilettos is probably out of the question (even though I really want to bring mine).  I plan on packing sneakers for my days of sightseeing and then my riding boots for the conference and nights out on the town.  Vancouver is still slightly on the chilly side compared to the 80 degrees we are experiencing right now.
  • When packing for anything over 5days think in terms of flexibility, “how many times can I wear that black sweater” or “how many times can I wear my yoga pants”? My absolute favorite pair of clothing to pack on trips like these are leggings and sweaters. Leggings look great with boots and when accompanied by a sweater, make for a comfortable yet fashionable outfit. (I apologize now if all you see me in are leggings.)
The decision to check luggage or not check luggage really depends on how many items you plan on bringing. If you stick to packing items that can be worn again it will make for fitting your belongings easier. I also recommend wearing your bulkiest outfit on the plane, that way you can shed layers (planes are always freezing) and also keep your suitcase on the lite side.For anyone reading this that will be joining us in Vancouver and also TBEX I just have two words for you, HAPPY PACKING 🙂

7 Comments on Packing tips and advice for Vancouver and TBEX

  1. suki @ [Super Duper Fantastic]
    June 4, 2011 at 7:45 pm (7 years ago)

    I’m going to try avoiding checking a bag, but it might come down to one checked bag between Ryan and myself. Not a fan of the bag fees the airlines are tacking on these days!

    If you find an occasion to wear 4-inch stilettos in Vancouver, let me know. 😉

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  2. Fashionista's Travel
    June 6, 2011 at 3:57 pm (7 years ago)

    I just figured out that I will be able to NOT check my bags!!

    I really want to bring my stiletos, even more so now that my boyfriend Mike says he has a surprise in Vancouver!!

    But alas I will be sticking to my riding boots!

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  3. viveka
    February 10, 2012 at 7:35 am (6 years ago)

    Great packing advice – have been travelling for nearly 40 years and still haven’t manage yet to travel light and to be honest I probably don’t really want to. A bit like with smoking I guess – you want to stop but ?????!!! Like my matching shoes and handbags too much. Want to dress up in the evening when going for a memorable meal (hopefully) – this with dressing up I do first of all for myself and to show respect for the establishment I’m going to. Maybe we you can give us … overdue ladies … some advice how to pack and look smart all the time. Going both to Chicago and Vancou. ver this summer
    Waiting for some advice. Have a great weekend. Viveka

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    • Lindsay Carreiro
      February 17, 2012 at 12:29 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks for the comment!! I’ve posted other ways to pack and look great when traveling throughout the site. By using the search feature you can locate my other posts-big city travel, Vancouver, winter blues–try using those search terms! Let me know if I can be of any other assistance!

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