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My Packing List for WITS 2014

My Packing List for WITS 2014

Women in TravelIt’s just about a week until the Women in Travel Summit in Chicago, and I’m getting ready to start packing!  I thought I’d share what I’m bringing and also give advice on things you may not have thought of.


  • Top-of your choice. (I’m not the best at giving exact family advice.)
  • Bottoms- your choice too.
  • Comfortable/warm shoes- for walking tours, getting to the conference hotel in case it’s snowy or wet.
  • Warm jogging clothes
  • Running shoes
  • One or two nicer outfits for nights out.
  • Pajamas
  • Socks
  • Underwear


  • Macbook Air- Though I could probably get along without it, I feel really lost when it’s not with me.  Definitely have an obsession.  And while I will have my blog posts ready to go beforehand, I like having the ability to check my site, make any changes, and just make word documents that are difficult or impossible on an iPhone or iPad.
  • iPhone- Besides being connected to it even worse than my laptop, I’m bringing my phone because of Sched and the great schedule system for the conference.  Instead of carrying around stacks of paper, I can access a personalized schedule on my phone.
  • Camera– For taking photos of Chicago, the Summit, new friends, anything else.
  • All chargers
  • Earbuds- For listening to podcasts or music on the train.

Networking Items

  • Business Cards- For easily handing out information.
  • Elevator Speech- Like business cards, you can easily let people know about you or your site quickly.  Make it clear and to the point.
  • Notebook- For taking notes during panels or sessions or for any other information you want to share.
  • Pens-Same, but if you would rather take notes electronically bring your laptop or tablet.
  • Knowledge of who you want to meet- this probably won’t be anything physical, but knowing about companies supporting WITS, and bloggers you want to talk to will let you have things to talk about for just small talk or something more professional.


  • Make up bag
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Contacts/Glasses
  • Face wash
  • Moisturizer
  • Body lotion
  • Body wash
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Hair products

Hostel Necessities

  • Flip  flops- for showers or just walking around the room.
  • Combination Lock- There are storage lockers in the room at HI Chicago, so while I’m gone I’ll keep any valuables in one.


  • Mints-To make sure you make a good, not smelly, first impression.
  • Comfortable shoulder bag- To carry what I need during the Summit without being uncomfortable.
  • Water Bottle- To make sure I drink enough water and save myself from buying some.
  • Chap Stick
  • Granola bar/ healthy snacks- For the long train ride or down time where I need a little energy I’ll have something to turn to.
  • Wet wipes- for freshening up after a long train ride.


See what else I’ve written on WIT Summit so far.

And if you haven’t already registered, but want to attend visit the site.


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