D.C. Packing List

By this time tomorrow, I will be stepping off the plane in beautiful Washington, D.C.!  I am so excited for this trip I can barely contain myself.  The only downfall is that the weather will be only slightly warmer than it is here in Chicago.  But! There is a silver lining: packing will be a cinch since it’s all the same clothes that have been in rotation all winter.  I will admit that I bought a couple of key items for this trip, but who doesn’t like a new outfit for an upcoming vacation??  I have a tendency to over-pack, and then forget key items.  Like the time I forgot a hair brush when I went to Asheville, and instead of buying one like a normal person, I just used my fingers and put my hair up every day.  Anyways, this time around I’m trying to be very organized and sticking to the basics.  So, without further ado, below is my complete packing list for my four day trip to D.C.:


  • Toothbrush + tiny toothpaste
  • Ponds Make-Up Remover Wipes
  • Hair Brush
  • Deodorant
  • Nivea Lotion
  • Curling Iron
  • Shampoo + Conditioner*

*Normally, this wouldn’t be on the list, but since I’ll be staying at a hostel one night, I’d rather be prepared than not.

Make Up for Washington D.C.


  • Clinique Even Better Foundation
  • Clean Dual Rollerball Perfume
  • Bare Minerals Blush and Brush
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer
  • Elf Black Eyeliner
  • Bliss Eyeshadow Palette
  • Elizabeth Arden Mascara
  • NYX, Clinique and Revlon Chubby Sticks Lipstick

Clothing for Washington D.C.


  • (1) Swimsuit
  • (6) Undies
  • (2) Bras
  • (1) Pair of Tights
  • (6) Pairs of Socks
  • (2) Jeans
  • (1) Sweater
  • (2) Long Sleeves
  • (1) T-Shirt
  • (1) Blouse
  • (1) Tank Top
  • (1) Dress
  • (1) Set of Pajamas
  • Scarf, Gloves + Hat


  • Chuck Taylors
  • Flip Flops (for the shared hostel showers and the hotel pool!)
  • Black Ankle Boots

Carry On Washington D.C.

In My Tote (Madewell Leather Zip Transport Bag):

  • Notebook
  • Pencils and Sharpener
  • Book (The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost by Rachel Friedman)
  • Mophie Charger
  • Wall Charger
  • Headphones
  • Glasses
  • Sunglasses
  • Passport*
  • Purse (wallet, lipstick, keys and iPhone)

*Apparently, my Illinois Driver’s License is no longer valid as identification to get on the plane, but passports always work!

I think that should do it!  See you tomorrow, D.C.!

What are your packing must-haves?  What’s the best packing method?

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