TRAVELING “T” GIRL
If you have not been a traveling T girl you are missing out on a great deal of fun. Hopefully that changes soon because it is more accepted than it was 30 years ago. Big cities like San Francisco, Portland and Seattle are no big deal. I don’t know that they are accepting or just don’t care because they have seen it all before.
For those wanting to join the ranks of traveling T girls and are ready to launch here are some helpful ideas for you.
FLYING VS. DRIVING
How you are going to travel will dictate how you should pack. Flying has limits on weight and number of bags. Traveling T girls need to plan ahead and be smart about what to take. If you go by car you can bring much more but still should not go overboard, planning is still a good idea. Don’t bring everything that you own because if you are like me you will need a convoy of trucks.
WHAT TO BRING
Personally I have found over the years that 3 consecutive days of dressing is enough especially if I am doing days and nights. I plan 3 night time outfits depending on where we are going with skirts and high heels. I lay the outfit on the bed and select earrings, bracelet, rings, watch, purse, shoes and wig. Yes, different wigs for each outfit unless the outfit colors are similar.
Setting the jewelry on the garment gives me an idea how it will look when worn with the clothing. Then I hang it on a door nob or cabinet nob so I can lay the purse and heels I choose below it.
I do this for each night time outfit then place the jewelry in a zip lock baggy. Using the hanger hook I poke a hole in the baggy so it can hang on the hanger with the outfit.
Daytime outfits are far easier to put together because the emphasis is on casual as opposed to the night time glamor. Makeup is toned down also as not to stand out so much in the crowd. Shopping rules the days so jeans and flats come first followed by a thin top so I can try clothes on over it. My preference weather permitting is a light jacket with a zipper in front. That way I don’t have to take my wig or blouse off before trying things on.
Jewelry is conservative also with smaller earrings and bracelets. My wig for daytime will be light brown as opposed to flashy blond shades. Again, the jewelry will go in a zip lock over the hanger. I also try to bring just one large purse for daytime. A tote or dump is best so I can carry sunglasses and put small purchases in it.
This packing system was thought up by my wife the organizer and works well regardless of how you travel.
Packing your wigs especially large curly ones require some protection to minimize the need for restyling when you arrive at your hotel. Wig boxes are bulky and don’t hold up well for air travel so I use a process the late Jo Ann Roberts created.