I'm leaving tomorrow for my first trip ever to California! I'll be visiting with two of my favorite people, my college dance friends (and post-college travel buddies) Rachel and Sarah. Sarah previously lived in Las Vegas, which made for an amazing bachelorette weekend there when I was getting married. And she now works in Napa Valley for the world-renowned chef Thomas Keller, so clearly she is winning at living in visit-worthy places.
I will be meeting Rachel in Chicago to fly to San Francisco. We will spend the night and next day exploring, then it's off to Napa Valley for a weekend of food and wine heaven.
The first thing I'm learning about California: bring layers. Expected highs in the 80's, lows in the 40's, and chances of rain are really not helping me suck less at packing. But I DO think I've finally got a handle on my travel attire.
My day tomorrow will consists of driving to the suburbs where I can park my car, taking the Metra into downtown Chicago, switching to the Blue Line to O'Hare (yep, the one that crashed into O'Hare last week…), and flying to SFO. 'Planes, Trains, and Automobiles'…. literally. The most important thing for me will be to feel clean and comfortable throughout it all.
I took some advice from Lauren Conrad on travel style, keeping it 'smart and simple'. I tend to get hot in the car, but cold on flights, so this relaxed knit blazer and pashmina can be slipped on and off as necessary. Wearing boots means wearing socks, so I will not have to walk barefoot on the airport floor through the security checks. And I will be pairing all of this with black leggings and my favorite Phish tank. I think I will feel put together (which helps with feeling 'clean') and it's definitely going to be comfortable.
Now, I just have to pack for the rest of the weekend. At least I have this playlist to listen to on repeat:
I've received tons of great travel tips for exploring San Francisco and Napa, but I'll gladly take more. Feel free to leave yours in the comments below!
Hello, there! My name is Nikki Jones and this is a place for me to write about my travels, my urban homesteading adventures, and whatever else my little heart desires at a given moment. Like many personal-blog bloggers, there are times I write daily and long streteches I'm not inspired to write at all. And that's ok! At any rate, I'm glad you're here.