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2011 Packed Suitcase Traveler Gift Guide

Welcome to the first annual Packed Suitcase Traveler Gift Guide! I set out to bring you the coolest travel gift ideas from all over the web, and believe me, with so many fun products on the market it was really hard to choose. But I made my list, and checked it… twice(!) and whether you’ve been […]

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Cold Weather Camping: Survival Tips

I was recently invited for a weekend of camping and outdoorsy fun in Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah National Park. I was excited for the trip but terrified of one small detail… the trip was in late October. Sure, late October is the perfect time of year to visit Shenandoah. It’s literally one of the best places […]

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Best Backpacker Games

This post was originally published on GoGirlGuides.com on 8/8/11. When you’re on the road, it can be hard to find the space to bring much entertainment along for the ride. Luckily, a great night can be had with little more than a deck of cards or a pad of paper and a great group of […]

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Packing List: The Sleep Kit

  Whether you are backpacking around the world or staying in a 5 star hotel, it’s always helpful to have a sleep kit. What is a sleep kit, you ask? It’s a grab and go pouch filled with everything you need to have a great sleep on the road. I usually keep mine on the nightstand if […]

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Top Travel Apps for Women

Note: This post was originally posted on Go! Girl Guides on 7/22/11. There’s no question that smart phones have revolutionized the way we travel. Where once we were traveling blind, we now have access to countless apps helping us do everything from trip planning to how to get around once you’ve arrived… all contained in […]

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Packing List: Travel Health Kit

Packing can become quite complicated and packing to stay healthy on your trip can sometimes be overlooked. Traveling to exotic destinations that require specialized medications makes it seem as though all you have is a mobile pharmacy and no room for clothes in your suitcase. To make healthy packing easier, here are some essentials for […]

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The Ultimate Beach Playlist

If you’re heading to the beach and looking to create a summer playlist full of iconic classics and fun, beachy tunes, look no further! I’ve set out to create a truly great list of songs sure to set a relaxing and upbeat vibe perfect for a day at the beach, a laid back summer happy […]

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Packing a Backpack: 5 Essential Tips

A year ago from today, I was wrapping up my month long backpacking adventure to New Zealand and Australia. I was a rookie backpacker (hence the blog title “Packed Suitcase“) but during that month I grew to love the whole backpacking experience. I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t have a few growning pains as I learned […]

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High Tech Flashpacking… on a Budget

Originally posted on GoGirlGuides.com on 3/14/11: Round the world backpackers used to diligently pack their canvas backpack with bare essentials, kiss their families goodbye and set out into the world knowing that contact with home would be minimal… a postcard here, a long distance call there.  They were on their own and, for the most […]

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