I always get restless towards the end of winter after being cooped up inside for months. We have some exciting trips planned for later this month and I'm so ready to get to traveling! Tom is in an Army's Command and General Staff College, and like normal colleges they get a spring break. Woohoo! We will be driving to Fripp Island, South Carolina to spend a week at my family's beach house, then he will head back home and Jack and I will stay for 2 more weeks. After he leaves a dear friend of mine (my running buddy from Hawaii) and her 3 year old son will join us from Chicago for 5 days. She and I are both pregnant with baby girls now, and it'll be so fun to catch up, run (waddle), and enjoy some time at the beach together. After she leaves my parents will come to the beach for my mom's spring break (she's an elementary school teacher). And then, my brother is getting married in Savannah! Jack and I will fly back home with Tom after the wedding, only to start prepping for our move to Hawaii! Spring and summer can't get here soon enough, although I'm trying to soak up our last few months in our historic Fort Leavenworth home while Jack is an only child. Pregnancy this time around is going so quickly (mostly because I'm so busy with Jack, I think), and I know baby girl will be here before we know it.
When it comes to packing, I've gotten pretty good at squeezing my clothes and Jack's clothes into the same suitcase. I prefer hard sided spinner suitcases that have zippers on both sides, and I'm crazy about my new Vera Bradley spinner suitcase. The double sided suitcases like this are the best because you can use both sides to pack your stuff in, rather than just one side. It helps you keep things a little more organized that way, compared to traditional suitcases. This one is the perfect size for carrying onto a plane or fitting into a sedan with a stroller (our situation when we drive to Fripp). Plus how cute is the camogray floral pattern? Jack loves pushing it around the house too. It's funny what kids latch onto, isn't it? I loved Vera Bradley back in the day, and it's neat seeing how they've expanded and changed over the years. Their spring and summer patterns are so adorable and I'm pretty sure I need this round fringed beach towel!
One thing that I almost always do when I travel is choose whether my base color will be black or navy, and only pack one or the other to go with everything else. In the winter I typically choose black, but in the spring and summer I like navy paired with everything, so I'll pack navy tops (most of mine are striped, naturally), navy shoes, and a non-black purse. I'm starting to not really fit into my normal clothes anymore, so that helps when it comes to packing since I don't have a ton of maternity clothes.
Be sure to stop by the blogs of my Mommy Monday girls to see how they pack and travel with kiddos using their Vera Bradley!