How to pack for long-term travel

How to pack for long-term travel, travel packing guide, packing guide, travel guide

In a few days, Levi & I will be beginning our year-long journey around the world. We have been preparing for months now, making sure we’ve thought through every little detail, including how to pack.

How in the world do you pack for long-term travel like that? Trust me, I’ve thought long and hard about it.

Here are some important things to think about…

COLOR

Packing clothes within a similar color palette is more important than you would think. We are planning on documenting our entire trip through photos, videos & blog posts, and it’s important for us to stay branded across all the content we are creating. I also want to be able to wear the pieces I’m packing with virtually any other piece I’m bringing. When everything is in the same color palette, it makes it easy to create more outfits with fewer items.

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SEASON

The next thing you need to think about is the weather and seasons you’ll be traveling in. Levi and I will be moving east and plan to be in most of the countries were visiting during their warmer seasons. This eliminates the need for warmer, bulkier items like heavy coats and boots. If you are planning on visiting colder countries, choose outerwear that is versatile and can be worn with almost all the pieces your packing.

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ITEM TYPE

Start by making a list of all the items you would normally reach for in your closet. Are you a denim person? Do you wear mostly dresses? Just because your traveling, doesn’t mean your clothing preferences will change. Pack more of what you would normally grab from your closet at home. I like wearing dresses. They are comfortable and easy to throw on as a complete outfit. So I’m planning on taking more dresses than pants.

Ready to see what I’m taking?

 


 

Tops

How to pack for long-term travel, travel packing, packing guide

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BOTTOMS

How to pack for long-term travel, travel packing, packing guide

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DRESSES & JUMPSUITS

How to pack for long-term travel, travel packing, packing guide

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JACKETS

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SHOES

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ACCESSORIES

How to pack for long-term travel, travel packing, packing guide

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I do want to note that I am taking a few of some of the items listed above (like slip dresses & graphic tees). They are items I wear the most regularly and can easily swap out for a whole new outfit. I’m also taking a few basic sweatshirts and cardigans to layer with.

Once you have all your items, make a list of the outfits you can create. You can also take pictures of yourself in each outfit for a quick reference guide.

Happy traveling!

xx,
Ariel

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Things I Like

Honesty hour.

One of the greatest things I’ve struggled with as a designer is establishing a clear style. I see so many things I like and it all can kind of get muddled together in the things I create.

As an exercise in self-realization, I decided to list all the things I really, truly like. Not because someone else likes them, but because I am inspired by and drawn to them. If you are a creative, I’d highly encourage you to do the same. It can be a simple, but profound exercise in finding your creative voice and putting together a puzzle of pieces that uniquely belong to you.

 


 

1. A WELL-COMPOSED PHOTO

I could spend hours (and I do) dreaming up shoot concepts, staging the perfect flat lay or curating my Pinterest boards. I am so inspired by a creatively composed photo that thinks outside of the box.

 


 

2. WORKING ON MY OWN SCHEDULE

In the last year or so, I’ve realized that this is a non-negotiable. I will work as hard as I need to for as long as I need to in order to build a life that allows me freedom over my time & schedule.

 


 

3. BEING ORGANIZED

Strangely enough, staying organized greatly boosts my creative process. If there’s discourse in my life (whether it’s the space I’m working in or the icons on my desktop) it’s harder for me to do good work.

 


 

4. SEEING NEW PLACES

I think seeing new places is the ultimate source of inspiration for me. Exploring landscapes, cultures, architecture and having new experiences brings me LIFE. It is my favorite mental place to create from.

 


 

5. LISTENING TO PEOPLE’S STORIES

There is nothing like the rush of coming away from a rich conversation over coffee, am I right? I am filled with so much energy when I hear someone’s story and the greatness God has placed on their life.

 


 

6. FASHION TRENDS

This seems like a superficial like. But when I really sit down to think about what motivates and inspires me, fashion and style are some of them. Fashion largely inspires my designs and I really enjoy integrating the essence of styles I like into the brands I create. You can learn a lot about a person from the way they dress and it’s part of my process when discovering styles my clients like.

7. GOOD DESIGN

This is kind of a no-brainer. But I spend HOURS pouring over magazines & print ads when I’m in need of some inspiration. I love seeing what creative ways other designers communicate their messages. Good design is also what attracts me to most of the products I buy. All I can say is, branding is everything. And I appreciate companies that sell me on an experience with their beautiful design.

 


 

8. MINIMAL TEXT

It is constantly my mission to eliminate text. The less text you have in a design, the more you can play with it and enhance the design’s personality.

 


 

9. CREATIVE TYPOGRAPHY

Recently, I’ve really loved experimenting with different kinds of typography. So much can be implied by the typography style. This is an area of design I focus on and continue to spend time learning about and crafting my skill.

 


 

10. TEXTURE

I love texture. Texture in the fabrics I wear, texture in the textiles I use in my home, texture in the pieces I design. Texture adds so much dimension and I’m obsessed.

 


 

11. SHADOWS

This is a newer discovery, but essential nonetheless. And when I say shadows, I primarily mean in photography. It’s been such an inspiring element to play with in my shoots and I love the subtle detail they add.

 


 

12. DREAMING TOO BIG

Ok, this is something I’ve always known about myself. I’ve got big dreams. And I really believe I can acheive them. I will work my butt off for however long it takes to grab that giant dream and watch it come to life before my eyes. And I strongly suggest you do the same.

 


 

If you’ve struggled at all with comparison, I’d highly recommend this little exercise. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of imitating the people around you and forgetting the things that make you YOU. Write these things down and refer back to them when you’re feeling lost in your creative pursuits. And ADD to the list as you grow! The world needs YOU. It already has everyone else.

xx,
Ariel

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Kim Vollendorf Brand & Website Launch

Today, I’m comin’ to ya live with a BRAND NEW SITE LAUNCH!

Kim Vollendorf, founder of kimvollendorf.com and author Loving Your Husband Before You Ever Have One, and I have been working together for the last few months to create the perfect brand for her new book and journey as a speaker & author.

For Kim’s branding, I wanted to incorporate a subdued pastel color palette & neutral imagery. We chose a color palette containing mainly nudes and peaches to set the tone of the brand.

Branding and web design, moodboard, neutral color palette

I mixed some of my handlettering with a clean, sans-serif font for her elegant new logo. And I had a lot of fun shooting a collection of custom styled photos of her new book. Check out a more in-depth look at the gallery here.

Branding and web design, moodboard, neutral color palette

The website is filled with beautiful imagery and soft colors with a slight feminine vibe. I loved incorporating so many organic elements like the hand-lettered detail and the neutral imagery colors.

Branding and web design, moodboard, neutral color palette

This has truly been one of my favorite projects to work on. Kim kindly gave me a lot of creative control and it was so fun to explore the aesthetic we created. Be sure to head over to kimvollendorf.com to check out the finished site and give her some love!

xx,
Ariel

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How to build a real-life moodboard

Real Life Moodboard, DIY Moodboard

 


 

What you’ll need:

+ bulletin board
+ inspiration pieces

 


 

Real Life Moodboard, DIY Moodboard

 

 

 


 

Happy moodboarding!

xx,
Ariel

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My Daily Blog Roll

 

Blogs are one of my many loves. They are a source of information, inspiration, and connection for me. Over the years, I’ve read hundreds of blogs. These, however, are the ones that have become to feel like old friends. They inspire me on the daily so grab a cup of coffee and have a read.

 


 

Designlovefest.com 

Founded by Bri Emery, this has been one of my favorite blogs to read since I can remember reading blogs. Bri and her team share design & home inspiration, recipe ideas, fashion posts, DIY projects, lots of flowers, creative direction & beautiful photography. It is a one-stop shop for inspiration with a side of happiness. Bri is super down to earth and honest about her life as a blogger, influencer and creative.

 


 

Almostmakesperfect.com

I discovered Mollie and her blog a few years ago and it has become my go-to source for non-cheesy DIY projects. I’m in love with her minimal aesthetic and get my daily fix of good design by scrolling through her posts. Here you’ll find everything from free printables to beautiful DIY projects to posts about her new little one.

 


 

Jasminedowling.com

What can I say other than this girl is everything I hope to grow up to be. She is a talented letterer & photographer and her posts are filled with business advice, lettering, stunning styled photography & flowers. Oh, did I mention she’s Australian?? It really doesn’t get much better. This is a daily MUST READ for me.

 


Girlboss.com

I honestly didn’t know much about Sophia or Girlboss until the Netflix series came out. But since watching, I’ve been obsessed. I’ve really enjoyed Sophia’s perspective on womanhood, owning a business and life in general. Her voice is sarcastic & humorous and the Girlboss blog is an amazing, transparent resource for non-traditional and taboo topics for the working woman.

 


 

Designforallmankind.com

This is a recent blog find for me and I cannot believe I didn’t know about it. You will quickly be captivated by the beautiful honesty in Erin’s words. She speaks to the soul and you’ll come away from her posts feeling like she just gave you a warm hug and all of life’s secrets.

 


 

Accordingtobbooks.com

I met Becca almost a year ago on Instagram. She is exceptionally wonderful and her blog is filled with posts about freelancing, social media, health & skincare. Her words are relatable & humorous and you’ll come away from reading her posts feeling like you just had a cup of coffee with her.

 


 

May your days be filled with whatever it is that fills you with life.

xx,
Ariel

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Kim Vollendorf Styled Shoot

Kim Vollendorf Styled Shoot

 


 

Content creation is a new service I started offering this year. A styled shoot is currently included in all custom web design packages, as well as offered a la carte.

Styled shoots have quickly become one of my favorite ways to work. The creative process of planning and executing a shoot is both inspiring and rewarding. It’s so fun to create and deliver beautiful, branded images for clients to use on their website and social media platforms.

 


 

Kim Vollendforf Styled Shoot, content creation

 


 

This particular styled shoot was part of the custom web design I did for author, Kim Vollendorf. Her branding included neutral colors with minimal, artistic design elements. For the shoot, I wanted to include lots of soft florals and small beautifully packaged vanity items. Each prop gave a little piece of insight and importance to the overall message of her book and brand.

 


 

Kim Vollendorf Styled Shoot, content creation

 


 

Good imagery can HUGELY uplevel your branding. If you’re not ready to invest in custom web design, branded, beautiful content is a great place to start as you’re building your brand.

What kind of imagery speaks most to your brand?

xx,
Ariel

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