Monday, June 26, 2017

The Traveling Business Law Prof: Part III - Using What You Pack

This post follows on my earlier travel posts on prepacking and packing for conference travel.  For last week's post, I used my trip to Mexico City for the Law and Society Association conference as an example.  This week, I assess my packing skills by chronicling briefly what I used and commenting on that assessment.  Bottom line: I did OK but could have left a few items of clothing and my flip flops at home.

For my plane travel to Mexico City a week ago last Sunday, I wore the reversible dance leggings (pattern side facing out), one of the tank tops, the embellished sweatshirt, and the suit jacket wth my sneakers.

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Once I got to the hotel, I determined to take a walk through Chapultepec Park (Mexico's rough equivalent of New York's Central Park).  For the walk (and the rest of the day), I swapped out the sweatshirt and jacket for one of the button-downs I had brought--a medium green insect-repelling shirt I originally had bought to use when I taught in a study abroad program in Brazil.

For Monday, another sightseeing day (but one that I planned to end with an Ashtanga yoga class), I dressed for the day at the outset: reversible yoga shorts (pattern side facing out), light blue tank top, same green button down, and sneakers.

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I noticed during the day that folks in Mexico City do not wear yoga shorts around.  So, I would revisit my decision to wear them all day on that basis.

Tuesday through Friday were conference days (although I did attend an Iyengar yoga class Wednesday night), with presentations by me on Wednesday and Thursday.  Here were my picks.

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I dressed in the cropped suit trousers, pink tank top, and embellished sweatshirt with flats on Tuesday; and donned the suit skirt and jacket with pink button-down and pumps for Wednesday.  For Wednesday night's yoga class, I threw on Tuesday's pink tank top and the reversible leggings (pattern side facing out), and wore my flip flops.

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I wore the suit skirt, pink tank top, coral button-down, silk scarf (which I forgot to include in my packing list for last week and will go back and add), and pumps for Thursday; and the cropped suit trousers, dark orange tank top, green button-down, printed bandana scarf (also unintentionally omitted from last week's packing list but to be added in), and flats for Friday.

Saturday was a sightseeing day, on which I put on the light orange tank top, the green button-down, the cropped suit trousers, and the sneakers.

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Sunday was a travel day back to Nashville.  I wore the reversible leggings (plain side facing out), my Law and Society conference t-shirt (bought at the conference), the embellished sweatshirt, and the suit jacket, with the sneakers.

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Finally, for my Barbri teaching day in Nashville this morning and the ride home from there to Knoxville (and for my yoga class tonight), I wore my suit skirt and jacket, the final clean tank top (black), and my yoga shorts (plain side facing out), under the skirt.  

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When I got home, I took off the skirt and jacket and, after a short nap, went off to yoga class.

My most valuable pieces of clothing for the trip were my suit separates--the cropped trousers, skirt, and jacket--and the green button-down (which has ventilation and zippered breast pockets that I found useful).  I could've gotten by without the flip flops (which I only wore once) and without one pair of shoes (although I liked having the pumps for my presentation days and the flats for the non-presentation conference days).  

All the snacks got eaten along the way.  I replaced them (and more) in terms of volume with the gifts I bought for the secretarial assistants on my floor, a few friends, and some family members. but everything still fit in my two--now heavier--carry-on bags.  I did lots of rolling of things for the trip home--including to protect pottery that I bought for folks.  Packing around the yoga mat was a challenge, but it worked out fine with a little bit of engineering.

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I had no issues leaving Mexico or entering the United States (and I do love my Global Entry for expediting returns to the United States . . .).

All in all, I did pretty well in packing useful things and not too many of them.  I was able to wear a clean shirt and underwear every day without having to do any laundry.  And apart from realizing that yoga shorts may not be culturally street-appropriate in Mexico City, the clothes that I brought were appropriate for the activities in which I was engaged and the settings in which those activities were taking place.  I was able to alternate necklaces and scarves around my neck as accents.  (I typically wore a necklace on the days I was not wearing a scarf.)

I do hope that this series is of some help you all--especially to those of you who have more difficulty determining how to pack for travel.  I may add more travel posts at a later date.  But I will leave it at this, for now.  Again, please post additional suggestions, as well as reactions, in the comments.  I am enjoying learning new tricks-of-the-traveling-trade from you.

[Note: You can click on the pictures in this post to open them up in larger format if you want to see any of the outfits in more detail.]

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