The Open Road. Is there anything better than getting in your car and heading out on a kick-ass road trip? For me, a road trip is one of the best ways to travel because the journey is the destination. (Profound… I know.) I’m a big fan of creating playlists to accompany my travels and set [...]
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Disney can be a surprisingly difficult trip to pack for. Long days full of park hopping mean that you have to plan everything you need at the start of your day or else you’ll be buying things on the fly (and at inflated prices) on Disney property. Besides the expected items (shirt, shoes, etc… and don’t forget [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
When jet-setting off to an impromptu weekend at the beach, the last thing you want is to be stuck pondering over what to bring. Here’s a quick beach packing list with all the essentials to help you pack quickly so you can get out the door and on your way! Beach Bag Essentials: A roomy [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Later this week, I head to Patagonia in South America for 10 days of hiking, filming and adventure! I’ll start in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park for 6 days, then spend an additional 4 days in Ushuaia, Argentina exploring Tierra del Fuego and the Beagle Channel. All the necessary arrangements are complete– airfare, transportation, [...]
Welcome to Packed Suitcase!
Packed Suitcase is a travel blog featuring quick, satisfying trips that can easily be done in a weekend from a mid-Atlantic home base.
All throughout the site, you'll find inspiration, tips, gorgeous photography and itineraries for the best quick-trip destinations, with special emphasis on showing the awesome side of lesser-known places and experiences.
Have weekend travels worthy of the Monday morning water cooler… without having to take a lot of time off of work.
My name is Chris and I'm a National Geographic Channel producer by day and a freelance travel blogger and photographer by night.
I’m passionate about empowering and enabling readers to find accessible ways to travel within their time-off constraints to become weekend warriors.
My Most Popular Post
The Day I Drank 282 Year-Old Rum
(70,000+ views and counting!)
On a recent trip to Southern Delaware, I was given a shot of rum from a 282 year-old bottle recovered from a 1733 Spanish shipwreck. Whoa...