Giveaway :: Meander Works

Monday, August 13, 2012

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I spent one summer during college backpacking through Greece with some friends. While there are many pieces of advice I could give you (be kind is probably the best), there is one piece of traveling advice that I still adhere to: when it comes to packing jewelry, the simpler the better. See, I learned this one the hard way. In my overloaded backpack, I had included different pieces of large and clunky jewelry to go with different outfits because that was how I rolled. (To my credit, it was 1996. We all rolled a little clunky in the 90’s.) Once my feet were on Greek soil, I wore the same necklace, earrings and ring day in and day out. The rest of the jewelry just weighed me down. Now, when I pack, I only include simple and elegant pieces that I love and that make me feel like the world traveler I have always wanted to be.

Marilyn Brogan of Meander Works creates simple and elegant handcrafted jewelry Each piece is worked from start to finish by Brogan and her philosophy that all materials be from reputable sources coupled with incredible attention to detail translates into the workmanship. As Brogan states, “Fine jewelry should be a work of art, not a mass-produced object cast and created by the thousands in the pursuit of profits.” The Cumulous Earrings are the perfect accessory for your travels (whether that means your sipping your morning coffee on your couch or a leisurely stroll through Paris at dusk.) Had I owned the Stacking Rings, I can guarantee my summer vacation in Greece would have been properly accessorized without having to pack another thing. Lesson learned.

Meander Works is giving away one Circle Ring (in choice of silver or black) to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question by Monday, August 20th.
What is your greatest tip for packing for travel?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, August 27th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 51
    Christina P says:

    Only pack what holds 2 or more purposes. If that shirt only goes with that black pair of pants, forget the shirt, keep the pants and find other clothes that coordinate. I constantly over pack, so I have to keep reminding myself that I’M carrying this and only ONE bag for me, and of course, you’ll want souvenirs!

  2. 52
    Maire K says:

    Roll your clothes for room and protection from creases and always, always, always pack a book and a notebook.

  3. 53
    Trisha says:

    If you’re not sure if you need it, you probably don’t. 

    That ring is to die for! Also, I think I found a new favorite etsy shop.

  4. 54
    Kate B says:

    I always slip a plastic grocery bag or two in a luggage pocket. Packing to come home is always where I get tripped up, and a plastic bag usually comes in handy. I throw a wet swimsuit in it, or wrap a glass bottle and stick it in my shoe for protection. They’ve carried home sandy shells and muddy hiking boots. Sometimes they pack up extra things we’ve accumulated throughout the trip. And if you don’t end up needing it, it barely took up any space in the first place!

  5. 55
    megdwyer says:

    Pack as many books as possible and when you are done with them leave them in public places. 

  6. 56
    Stacy says:

    I am not the best packer, I do tend to overpack. But I would suggest packing light and bringing wool-lite or other detergent you can use in the sink, then air dry your clothes.

  7. 57
    Nicole H says:

    Don’t let the stress of packing create a looming dark cloud over your much-anticipated trip.  My husband always says there’s very few places that you can’t buy absolutely necessities, for everything else we’ll improvise.  Packing for a vacation shouldn’t put you in a funk, that’s counterproductive!

  8. 58
    Stella says:

    Don’t stress, most likely if you need something you can buy it there, after all people probably do live wherever it is that you are going and they seem to be doing quite fine. Unless it’s a bra…bring a good bra.

  9. 59
    Dana says:

    Make a packing list!  I have a extensive list, which I simply modify based on the length of the trip or the locale.  Packing is stress free, since I know that I’m not going to forget my extra pair of shades or my earplugs.  

  10. 60
    Theresa says:

    Leave space for goodies you will pick up there!

  11. 61
    Kellie says:

    I should definitely not be leaving tips for packing, I always, always over-pack!! So to this I say, take everything!

  12. 62
    echo says:

    I think about the range of weather at my destination and bring appropriate layers with a few small accessories to dress them up if needed. Bring sturdy, reliable shoes and thick socks- if you’re like me you will walk and hike everywhere and you want happy feet. For long, multi-destination trips, especially if you plan to backpack across countries or trek the outdoors, invest in a great hiking pack. It can double as a checked bag with the purchase of an airporter bag to protect the straps, and I think carrying what you bring on your back helps to keep your choices smart!

  13. 63
    Thelma says:

    I always roll my clothes.My mom taught me that 😉

  14. 64
    Anne says:

    Pack neutrals and one colour lots of mixing and matching, and simple jewelry

  15. 65
    Henrietta S says:

    Dress up, get your purse, for everything else, there’s MasterCard. 😀

  16. 66
    Brittany says:

    write it all out and group outfits together in your suitcase. i put my pajamas on top because its most likely what i’ll need first. use flexible things like socks and rubber flip flops for weird spaces you can fill.

  17. 67
    Tashi says:

    you’ll need less than you think

  18. 68
    erin says:

    roll your clothing on the way home, to make more space for the treasures you have accumulated (I am always finding rocks, drift wood, pretty little pieces to remind me of my adventures)

  19. 69
    kim g says:


  20. 70
    Cathy F. says:

    Limit your dinosaurs to 3 and your stuffed animals to 5, depending on the size. Don’t forget your goldfish. Remember to pack your pillow pet. And your earplugs. For you.

  21. 71
    Ana M says:

    Lay out all the items to be packed and roll the clothes. There are so many great tutorials to show you how to layer the items in the suitcase too. I was able to put soo much more in my suitcase when I started doing this. 

  22. 72
    Ellen says:

    Fold clothes and then squeeze them into larger ziploc bags! This saves a ton of space.

  23. 73
    Louise Verity says:

    Pack, and then take half of it out, you don’t need it all!

  24. 74
    Amzi says:

    Pack inside things!  On an overnight, I take just a sleeping back and tuck my clothes, etc. into the roll so I only have one thing to carry!!

  25. 75
    Jessminda says:

    Don’t be afraid of doing laundry at your destination! No one’s claiming it’s glamorous, but doing laundry will help cut down on the number of clothing. items that you need to pack. 

  26. 76
    Eden says:

    bring everything you want and don’t apologize for how much luggage you have 🙂

  27. 77
    Lauren Gilmore says:

    Give yourself some time… that way you dont forget key items and can re-evaluate others.  I’ve washed my clothes in sinks and let them air dry.  If you’re on the move, light is good- you can re-wear (most the world does!).

  28. 78
    Kim says:

    I use a lot of ziplock bags/supermarket bags to keep my stuff contained while traveling. Plus its good to put dirty clothes in for the return trip

  29. 79

    Bring less then you think you’ll want. Freeing yourself from your possessions is half the fun of a vacation. I love going somewhere far away with just a simple backpack. Don’t scimp on underwear though! 🙂