packing for new orleans

I’m writing this post counting down the hours until I’m off to revisit one of my favorite US cities, New Orleans. We’re jumping on  the plane tomorrow morning and going to be down south by the afternoon. I can’t wait to visit some new and old spots, and share a little mini-vacay with my main guy. We’re staying near Frenchman St, and I’m excited to explore the newer areas of the Marginy. It’s also super close to the the Quarter, so we can walk over if we’re feeling like it.

I am sad to say the weather going to be less than desirable, but at least it will be a tad warmer than it is here in Colorado right now. I’m going to make sure to pack my rain jacket and umbrella… just in case. But here are some other items that I’m packing for New Orleans.

observant nomad | packing for new orleans

long-sleeve top via j. crew | tomgirl jeans via american eagle | delphic tile scarf via anthropologie | felt slouch fedora via urban outfitters | tassel diskdrop bracelet via madewell

After spending my fair share on a plane, I know comfort is more important than style. That’s why I have a go-to outfit with just the basics and in easy-wear fabrics. But when I have a short trip booked, I like to be able to get right to the fun stuff as soon as the plane hits the tarmac. So I put some colorful statement accessories in my carry-on. That way I can throw them on when we land, freshen my makeup, and go.

observant nomad | packing for new orleans

the mini transport crossbody via madewell | burt’s bees tinted lip balm in honeysuckle | scattered diamonds pouch via anthropologie | karu sunnies in sierra via moorea seal

I’ve been on the search for the perfect travel bag for ages and am still deciding, but this one from Madewell looks pretty perfect. Not only am I particular about the look of it, but also the durability, and if it will give me a shoulder ache after lugging it around all day. That’s why I tend to lean towards the cross-body bags that can also work tote style.

Keeping my bag close to my body not only deters pickpockets, but also gives me a nice option if I want something I can shop with. I have to make sure it’s a decent size so that I can fit in all my little necessities for the day as well as a dslr camera! To keep my smaller items from rolling all around my bag, I put them into a small zippered pouch that is easily noticable. It also makes it easy when I’m switching between bags during my trip.

observant nomad | packing for new orleans

the jean jacket via madewell | overblown floral tee via j.crew | boyshirt in jet-set geo via j.crew

The last items going into the suitcase? My jean jacket. I love that I can layer a hoodie under it for warmth and it’s still stylish. It’s also a jacket you can wear almost anywhere. From a hole-in-the-wall bar to a nice walking tour of the Garden District. Just switch up the layers underneath and it works. Plus a good denim jacket has an approachability and familiarity. Which a southern town like New Orleans can appreciate. PS I’m really wishing I could pack this graphic floral top from J. Crew, so gorgeous!


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love those sunnies.