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Packed Suitcase is a travel blog featuring quick, satisfying trips that can easily be done in a weekend from a mid-Atlantic home base.

It is for anyone who feels the urge to travel, but who has a limited amount of time off.

All throughout the site, you’ll find inspiration, gorgeous photography, tips and itineraries for the best quick-trip destinations, with special emphasis on showing the awesome side of lesser-known places and experiences.

Here you’ll find all you need to have weekend travels worthy of the Monday morning water cooler… without having to take a lot of time off of work.

Solomons Sunset

Sunset on Solomons Island, Maryland



I’m Chris, a Producer for the National Geographic Channel by day and a freelance travel blogger by night.

Halfway through the Tongariro Crossing in New Zealand


I’ve been blogging since 2008 and I write, research, film, edit, photograph, live tweet, Instagram and flat-out do it all to share my love of travel.

Readers have followed along real-time as I’ve backpacked solo around New Zealand, have traversed to the bottom of the world in Patagonia, checked off items from my adventurous travel bucket list and much more.


Polar Bear Plunge

Checking out the Polar Bear Plunge in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware


In recent years, I’ve focused heavily on local travel and in 2012, I founded the #TravelLocal movement. Most weekends, I can be found traveling up and down the mid-Atlantic region in search of hidden gems to share with readers on Packed Suitcase and other websites.

When I travel local, I’m all about finding the best independently-owned and family-run places to stay, inventive restaurants featuring local specialties and produce, regional wineries/ breweries/ mixology hot-spots, unique experiences, etc.



Hard at work at Virginia’s Blue Mountain Brewery


Where you can find more of my writings:
Edible DC Magazine


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