SEE THE WORLD WITH WOMEN LIKE YOU

Do you have the itch to travel but don't have anyone to go with? Maybe your friends and family aren't interested, or their work schedules don't allow it. As much as you want to see the world, you may not be ready to start traveling solo.

Consider a group trip designed for women!

To experience the adventure you've been waiting for, you can join a trip with like-minded ladies. Here are just a couple examples:

Living Big Travel

The Living Big team hosts both international and domestic small group trips for women throughout the year. This year's destinations include Italy, Costa Rica, Thailand, New York, New Orleans, and Kauai. Founder and Trip Designer, Mary Cecchini, is a native of Portland with a knack for detail and an enthusiasm for connecting women with travel experiences.

Purposeful Nomad

PC: Purposeful Nomad

PC: Purposeful Nomad

The duo at Purposeful Nomad host group trips for women focused on adventure, self-care, and socially responsible service. Upcoming trips include India, Ecuador, and several opportunities for a retreat in the Dominican Republic. Founders, Caitlin and Jessica, have a passion for helping women safely engage with local communities around the world.

If trip planning or travel buddies are the only things holding you back from the adventures you dream of, why not try small group travel for women?

5 BENEFITS OF BECOMING A MOMPRENEUR

Modern day moms are making business moves in new and innovative ways. You may have noticed the Lularoe craze, where ladies are using social media and house parties to sell clothing peer-to-peer. Others have launched Etsy shops, provided services or e-products completely online, or even started a technology handbag company for women (Yes, Clark & Mayfield founder, Lauri DeLaczay, is a mompreneur!).

The term "mompreneur" simply comes from the growing trend of women who are balancing motherhood with entrepreneurship. Here are some of the benefits these women are enjoying:

  1. Thanks to the internet, building a business from home is much more accessible. No more choosing between an office job and staying at home.
  2. Entrepreneurship allows flexibility to schedule your work around other family activities.
  3. Of course, additional income for the family is always a plus - whether it be a small side hustle or a full-fledged business.
  4. It sets a great example to your kids of how to be a self-starter and follow your dreams.
  5. Mompreneurs love having variety in their day, using their talents and skills in multiple ways.

Sound interesting? There are a growing number of resources to support Mompreneurs in their unique challenges. If you're looking to learn more about entrepreneurship as a mother, check out the following:

 

5 BEST USES FOR A C&M BAG

Our line of laptop handbags are designed to be versatile. Here are the top five most popular uses for Clark & Mayfield bags: 

The perfect assistant: Work Bag

17.3" Hawthorne Leather Handbag in red

17.3" Hawthorne Leather Handbag in red

The Perfect Assistant (minus the attitude.) Holds everything without being asked. Makes you look good and feel confident. Knows what you're thinking and where you put everything, even your e-reader. Protects your laptop at all costs and organizes the details you don't have time for. Hang on tight. Good help is hard to find!

The carry all: Day Trip Bag

A present-day pioneer with creative, west coast style. Industrial metalware and sensible top-stitching paired with luxurious leather tackle all types of conditions. Tuck away daily provisions, laptop and phone in generous pockets and go forth. Westward ho!

The conference companion: Rolling Briefcase

Perfection on Wheels: This rolling laptop bag outperforms itself and radiates refinement. With classic lines, enduring metal details, and a sturdy trolley handle, this bag is going places. Whether you’re presenting to clients or rushing from one workshop to the next, organization is essential and efficiency is paramount. Stacks of pockets and two separate partitions offer padded space for a large laptop and leave room for collateral materials. Roll with it!

The travel tote: Carry-on Bag

With a flight to catch, you can’t afford to be unorganized. Compartments, padding and refinements make this bag a vital part of your travels. Leather exterior with a perfectly designed interior padded space for a large laptop and accessories. Slips easily over rolling luggage with pockets for boarding passes, passport, phone, snacks, and more. Taxi! 

The every-day side-kick: Classic Handbag

Predictability is Key: Keep things as simple and classic as possible. A favorite food cart, a beloved coffee shop. Surround yourself with quality items that suit your demanding agenda. As you power headlong into your week, slip last-minute water bottles, gym clothes and keys into thoughtfully crafted compartments you can build a routine around. Simple as that.

7 QUIRKY PORTLAND MOVIE THEATERS TO VISIT

7 QUIRKY PORTLAND MOVIE THEATERS TO VISIT

At Clark & Mayfield, we're proud to call Portland, Oregon our home. With a laid-back Pacific Northwest vibe and all the culture of an iconic city, there are endless things to do in Portland for visitors and locals alike.

We love how Portland puts it own twist on the classic pastime of movie going. The following are 7 of our favorite quirky Portland cinemas:

Academy Theater

WHERE'S MY BAG ROUND UP

 

Clark & Mayfield bags were designed for travel, for work on the go, and for a smooth transition between the day's demanding tasks and the times we can kick back. Collectively, our handbags have traveled far and wide on countless trips around the globe.

These are just a few of the destinations our Clark & Mayfield bags have shown up over the years:

Ireland

"I need to say thanks for the Clark & Mayfield laptop bag. I've had it for YEARS. I can't even remember how many years now, but it's indispensable. I use it for my Chromebook while traveling, as my carry on, and as the repository for everyone's important stuff. Anyway, couldn't manage this Ireland trip without it, and not just because it's green. 🍀 "

Ecuador

Click to see more from: SaquisiliBaños, and Cuenca in Ecuador

Jamaica

Click to see more from Galina on the North Coast and Jamaica in general

Japan

Click to learn more about Iwakuni, Japan

Mérida

Click to see more from Mérida, Mexico

And many more...

That's not all. Click any of the links below to see our bags in action in these amazing destinations around the world:

And from our home town in Portland, Oregon: the Kenton neighborhood, Sellwood neighborhood, and St. Johns neighborhood.

 

INSTAGRAM INSPIRATION FOR LIFE, WORK, AND TRAVEL

INSTAGRAM INSPIRATION FOR LIFE, WORK, AND TRAVEL

Social media not only helps us keep in touch and updated on our family and friends, but it can also be a way to find new ideas and inspiration for many different aspects of our life.

In today's post, we're highlighting some follow-worthy Instagram accounts that can help you in real ways. Find your next vacation destination, inspire a new way to organize your office, keep you motivated to stay healthy, and more...

Click here to follow Clark & Mayfield on Instagram

8 NEW 4th OF JULY TRADITIONS FOR YOUR FAMILY

Holiday traditions make for treasured memories. Watching fireworks and cooking outside on the grill are classic 4th of July traditions. Here are some fun activities to bring some extra "spark" to your family's annual 4th of July celebrations:

  1. Join a parade and decorate a float together
  2. Make home-made ice-cream and rotate who gets to choose the flavor each year
  3. Host a red, white, and blue-themed block party
  4. Make a flag - could be out of fruit, or quilted, painted, or cut out of magazines
  5. Pick fresh fruit from a farm and bake a cobbler with it
  6. Read out the Declaration of Independence (or try to memorize it!)
  7. Hold a hula hoop contest for all ages
  8. Decorate your driveway with all the things you love about the U.S. in sidewalk chalk

What are your favorite 4th of July traditions? Why not start a new one this year!

WHAT TO WEAR TO WORK: SUMMER 2017

As the weather warms up, it's time to break out the light-weight wardrobe and summer colors! Layering is also important during this season, as you go between hot summer temperatures and air conditioned offices. Get inspired by these work-ready, sunny outfits:

summer work outfits
Marquam Laptop Handbag

Marquam Laptop Handbag

A stylish handbag that keeps up with your busy schedule is an important addition to any office wardrobe. With Clark & Mayfield totes, there's a padded sleeve for your laptop and plenty of room for the other necessities your daily itinerary demands. Choose a classic black - or go bold with cheery summer colors.

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BEST PORTLAND NEIGHBORHOODS TO VISIT

Photo credit: Flickr

Photo credit: Flickr

Our beautiful home town of Portland, Oregon shows its true colors in the various neighborhoods around the city. They are one of the biggest draws for transplants and visitors alike who are flocking to Portland.

Exploring at least one or two Portland neighborhoods is a must-do activity for any visitor. Walk the streets, window shop, and grab some tasty treats. Each neighborhood has its own local vibe, so you'll find that big box and chain stores are almost non-existent.

Here is a quick overview of the top neighborhoods to help you plan your visit:

Mississippi/Williams

North Missisippi Avenue and North Williams Street have seen serious transformation in the past decade. Just half mile from each other, these areas are a microcosm of the city's trendy, unorthodox, and ever-expanding nature. Mississippi and Williams streets are now overflowing with restaurants, quirky shops, food carts, and bars. You'll find everything from gourmet salts at The Meadow to reclaimed housing materials at The Rebuilding Center. 


NW 23rd

Photo credit: Wikimedia

Photo credit: Wikimedia

The Northwest 23rd/Nob Hill neighborhood can be found in downtown's "Alphabet District" - where the streets are conveniently in alphabetical order. This area has long been one of Portland's hippest neighborhoods. Thankfully, the classy boutiques and variety of restaurants here are accessible along the street car route because good parking in this popular neighborhood can be difficult to find. After browsing the shops, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with a fancy dessert at Papa Haydn's, Blue Star donuts, or Salt & Straw ice cream. 


Hawthorne

Photo credit: Wikimedia

Photo credit: Wikimedia

Southeast Hawthorne Avenue is an eclectic, walkable shopping street in the heart of Portland's East Side. The neighborhood is home to several artsy theaters, vintage clothing shops, and tasty restaurants. You'll also find an annex of Portland's famous Powell's Book Store on this street.


Alberta Arts

Photo credit: Wikimedia

Photo credit: Wikimedia

Like Mississippi, NE Alberta Street is another pocket of Northeast Portland that has grown up quickly in recent years. Home to another Salt & Straw location, live music venues, and unique attractions like the Caravan Tiny House Hotel, this area is perhaps most famous for its street fairs. The monthly "Last Thursday" events, plus the Alberta Street Fair in August, are lively community happenings highlighting local artists, musicians, and food vendors.


Sellwood

Photo credit: Wikimedia

Photo credit: Wikimedia

Heading South along the Willamette River, you'll find the cozy Sellwood/Moreland neighborhoods. With a giant park, wildlife refuge, and riverfront bikeway to the West, this area has a quieter feel than some of the more central Portland neighborhoods. You'll find plenty of tree-lined streets, boutiques and antique shops, cute cafes, and family-friendly restaurants.


We have by no means exhausted the list of Portland neighborhoods worthy of exploration, but these are some of the best to get a feel for all our city has to offer. If you're looking for more detail or are considering a move to Portland, check out this full neighborhood guide.

WINNING FATHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS

 

Dads can be hard to shop for. Getting a great Father's Day gift is all about Dad's unique interests and the kind of gift he appreciates. Does he like practical, useful gifts? Does he prefer a sentimental gesture or words of affirmation? Is he into tech, the outdoors, movies, or art? 

Here are a few ideas for where to start, with links to more complete gift lists from four trusted companies:

For the outdoor adventurer or athlete: REI Father's Day List

Gifts starting at $15, including:

  • DoubleNest Hammock
  • YETI Cooler
  • HydroFlask
  • Osprey Backpack
  • Bushcrafter Knife
  • FitBit Watch

For the techie or DIY guy: Amazon Father's Day List

Gifts starting at $7, with daily deals including:

  • Shower Speaker
  • Virtual Reality Glasses
  • DEWALT Drill Kit
  • 3D Doodling Pen
  • Bluetooth Headphones
  • Cold Brew Coffee Maker

For the one-of-a-kind, finer things: Etsy Father's Day List

Gifts starting at $25, including:

  • Custom Cuff Links
  • Monogrammed Dopp Kit
  • Personalized Map
  • Personalized Beer Labels
  • Reclaimed Wood Charging Station
  • Best Dad Ever T-Shirt

For warm fuzzy family mementos: Pinterest DIY Father's Day List

  • Hand-painted Grilling Plate
  • Photo Collages
  • Hand-made Cards
  • Heart-shaped Bacon Breakfast
  • Favorite Snacks Gift Basket
 

SOLO FEMALE TRAVELERS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

"I've traveled alone to dozens of places, and come to the conclusion that solo exploration is one of the best ways to learn and challenge oneself. It's a great way to re-center, to escape from the details of daily life that can distract us from our own big picture and to come back with a new sense of self-sufficiency and purpose." 
       ~ 
Jill Filipovic, "Do yourself a favor: travel solo at least once" / The Guardian

Solo Female Travelers

Women traveling alone is not new or unusual. In fact, solo female travel bloggers are plentiful, sharing their own real world examples on the internet.

Lisa of Girl About the Globe has traveled to 70 countries on her own. Full-time teacher, Lindsay, recently took a year off to do a Round The World Sabbatical. Shannon of A Little Adrift also did a round-the-world trip, but she just kept on going! Stephanie travels frequently for her work with international humanitarian organizations. As for domestic travelers, Jill works from the road full time with her Vespa, RV, and laptop - as do many other solo female full-time RVers!

These are just a few examples among thousands. Some travel full time, others take solo trips on occasion, others have picked up and moved abroad.

What do solo female travelers need to know about safety?

Safety is often a top concern for women traveling alone. Here are some tips and advice from other women travelers:

  1. Follow Your Instincts - Trust your gut and if something feels sketchy or uncomfortable, remove yourself from the situation asap. Safety is more important than politeness. So be kind, but don't worry about hurting someone's feelings or seeming rude in order to minimize your risk.
  2. Travel During Daylight Hours - Whenever possible, plan your transit and move about town before the sun sets. Ask locals which areas are safe and what they recommend doing if you need to get from place to place at night. 
  3. Blend In With The Culture - Most travel crimes are "crimes of opportunity." This means, you can greatly reduce your risk of becoming a target by blending in and looking confident about where you're going (even if you have to fake it). Let respectable local women be your fashion inspiration - avoid wearing revealing clothing and expensive jewelry.
  4. Stay Connected - Make sure someone back home knows your travel itinerary. If you're traveling more spontaneously, use social media to stay in touch. If you're serious about going off grid, consider getting a personal locator device.
  5. Research your destination - Every city and culture has its own unique concerns. Make sure you're aware of any frequent scams and unsafe neighborhoods to avoid. Don't let these reports scare you too much, but just be aware of them. Also, the more you can plan ahead and make back up plans, the less likely you'll be to end up somewhere you don't want to be.

Best Solo Female Travel Destinations

According to Travel + Leisure, the top international destinations for women - based on safety and accessibility - are currently:

  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Munich, Germany
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Salzburg, Austria
  • Taipei, Taiwan
  • Saba, Caribbean
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Okinawa, Japan
  • Norway's Fjords
  • London, England
  • Iceland

Although safety is certainly a concern for women traveling solo, most have found that it doesn't have to be a scary experience at all. In fact, the biggest challenge most solo female travelers report is decision fatigue. Being on your own means you are 100% in charge of your day. You decide where to eat three times a day, where to sleep, what to do, how long to stay, who to talk to, and more. It's a challenge, but it can also be a truly liberating and transformational experience.

Have you ever traveled solo? Would you consider it? Where would you go?

 

THE BENEFITS OF LEATHER LAPTOP BAGS

For more than 10 years, we’ve been perfecting the craft of smart and durable design so you can focus on work, family and the future. That's why we've chosen top grain leather for many of our laptop handbags.

Leather provides a number of benefits.

Look

Leather looks great. It's fashionable for a night out on the town, while still fitting in well in more formal or corporate settings. 

Flexibility

Morrison 14.4"

Morrison 14.4"

Leather is sturdy, yet not too stiff. Clark & Mayfield bags stand upright on their own and hold their shape. But the leather exterior allows some give and take. This is helpful when the bag needs to squeeze into a small space or needs to be stuffed full from time to time.

Protection

Leather is one of the most hard-wearing materials. It is resistant to water as well as to excess scuffing. While the texture of a leather bag can spoil if it comes in contact with too much water, you can be sure that your laptop inside will avoid water damage. Our bags also come with padded laptop sleeves and durable handles, which can easily support the weight of a computer and other accessories.

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Top 5 Things to Do in Portland in the Summer

 

At Clark & Mayfield, we're proud to call Portland, Oregon our home. (We even name our handbags after the streets and neighborhoods here!) Summer is arguably the best time to visit Portland. The days are long and warm, and all that rain leaves behind a lush, green wonderland.

If you have a chance to visit Portland in the summer, here are 5 things we think should be on the top of your to do list:

Urban Hiking: Council Crest

The vista point at Council Crest Park is the perfect place to be on a clear day. Hike up through the forest on dirt trails, or wind around on the paved sidewalk. Overlooking downtown Portland with views of 5 iconic mountains in the distance, this urban hike is a Portland classic.

Scoop Up Local Flavors: Salt & Straw Ice Cream

salt and straw

The Salt & Straw Ice Cream is so popular it Portland, it draws lines that circle the block. Waiting in line and sampling the quirky flavors is all part of the experience. Grab a staple flavor - like Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons, Honey Lavender, Pear &  Blue Cheese - or order something off the rotating seasonal menu, featuring more unique combinations of local ingredients.

The shops are also located in some of Portland's most trendy and charming neighborhoods, so be sure to take some time to explore! Locations include:

  • 38 NW 23rd Ave. 
  • 3345 SE Division St. 
  • 2035 NE Alberta St. 

Events & Festivals

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Portland pulls out all the stops in the summer, with festivals celebrating craft beer, music, art and the city’s internationally acclaimed culinary scene. Check Travel Portland to see what's in store while you're in town, or plan your trip around one of the following favorites:

  • Portland Rose Festival
  • Portland International Beer Festival
  • Waterfront Blues Festival
  • Oregon Brewers Festival
  • Musicfest NW
  • Feast Portland

Get Out: Springwater Trail

The Springwater Corridor Trail is part of a 40-mile loop around the city. The paved, scenic trail connects Sellwood Riverfront Park, Tideman Johnson Nature Park, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Beggars-tick Wildlife Refuge, the I-205 Bike Path, Leach Botanical Garden, Powell Butte Nature Park, and Gresham's Main City Park.

We recommend starting at Sellwood Riverfront Park trailhead and heading up along the Willamette River. It's a great place to bike, blade, jog, or walk.

Feast: Portland's Food Carts

Portland Food Carts

You can't leave Portland without partaking in its renowned food scene. There are countless eateries to suit just about any taste. And Portland's quirkiness shows up strong in the food cart craze. Food cart "pods" have popped up in multiple locations across the city - making it easy to sample from various vendors in one sitting. 

Check out some of the hot spots in this food cart pod listing. Bon appetit!


Looking for more ideas of things to do in Portland? Check out our Pinterest board: Portland, Oregon - Localvore.

 

PURSE MEETS BRIEFCASE: WORK-LIFE BAGS FOR WOMEN

Life gets busy quickly. When balancing a career with the rest of your schedule, it helps to simplify. That's why our handbags are designed to help you go seamlessly from the office to the kids' soccer practice to a night out with friends.

It's like having a purse and briefcase in one.

No longer do you have abandon your fashion sense in order to carry everything you need. Protect your laptop, store your files, and keep personal items neatly organized - all tucked inside our beautiful, top grain leather handbags. 

Our laptop handbags are sturdy and elegant. They're roomy, but designed with purse pockets so everything has its place. And they're travel friendly, too. A strap in the back slips easily over rolling luggage handles, so you'll be ready to go in the blink of an eye.

WHERE'S MY BAG: MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA

WHERE'S MY BAG: MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA

The “Where’s My Bag?” series highlights Clark & Mayfield bags in interesting locations around the world. This is a guest post by Michelle C. of IntentionalTravelers.com from her recent travels to Colombia. Michelle and her husband are "digital nomads," running their business online as they travel. Michelle shares about some of the destinations she's visited with her Clark & Mayfield bag in tow.

Medellín, Colombia

WHAT IS A BULLET JOURNAL?

List lovers, this one is for you! Turn a notebook into the keeper of your calendar, thoughts, to do list, and anything else you can dream up. The bullet journal makes capturing and organizing ideas really fast with a practice called "rapid logging." It's designed to help you focus on things that are worth your time.

All you need is a blank journal and pen or pencil. The original Bullet Journal tutorial can be found here, but you can always adapt the concepts however you want. Take standard symbols used in a bullet journal and tweak them to fit your needs:

*    task
/    in progress
X   done
<   scheduled
-    note
O   event
>   migrated

For example: Start on a new page for this week's tasks. When you have a new task, write it in the list with a dot in front of it. If you've started working on it already, change the dot to a slash (/). When it's done, make it an X. If you don't get around to a task during the week, you can migrate it to the next week's page - or not, if you decide that task is no longer important.

You can also use pages in your journal for things like:

  • Project plans
  • Reading or movie lists
  • Gift ideas
  • Weekly menus
  • Meeting notes
  • Shopping lists
  • Tracking exercise habits
  • Listing things you're thankful for

Keep the first page of the journal as an ongoing Table of Contents. That way, you don't have to worry about leaving enough blank pages to keep all related thoughts in one section. If you need to start a second page for a certain project, just use the next available page in your notebook. In the Table of Contents next to that item, add a comma and the new page number next to the original.

For more examples, search #bulletjournal on Instagram

For more examples, search #bulletjournal on Instagram

Some people use the bullet journal in a purely functional way, while others have a carefully crafted style. The Art of Simple has a great example of how a full-time blogger and mother of three uses her bullet journal. You can also check out inspiring examples on Instagram and Pinterest, and see what works best for you.

 

OUR FAVORITE LAPTOP SKINS AND ACCESSORIES

At Clark & Mayfield, we're all about the laptop lifestyle. Our tech-friendly handbags are crafted to blend practicality with style. And we're always on the look-out for other head-turning laptop accessories. These are some of our favorite laptop skins and accessories that are not only useful but beautiful, too.

Laptop Skins

Why use a laptop skin? It's a great way to "dress up" your computer and give it your own unique flare. In addition, laptop skins protect the outside of your laptop from scratches. Most skins can be easily removed so if you ever want to resell your laptop, it will be in great shape.

We like the vintage vinyl decals by TaylorHe. They're affordable and come in a variety of patterns.

Another great place to look for beautiful laptop skin designs in Etsy.


Keyboard Skins

Using a removable keyboard skin is great for keeping out the crumbs and other grit that always seems to find its way into the crannies of your keyboard keys. More importantly, they're waterproof so when you accidentally spill coffee, your keyboard stays protected. You can easily remove the keyboard skin to wash it. And it gives your computer a cool look, too! 

There are a variety of different keyboard skin styles on Amazon


As a bonus, you can often find matching laptop and keyboard skins to tie the whole look together, like this city rain set:


Matching Mouse and Mouse Pad

What better way to brighten your workspace up than a matching mouse and mouse pad? Even if there's a track pad on your laptop, using a mouse can be easier on your hand and posture. We love the cute chevron design here:


Cord Keepers

Tech devices tend to require lots of cords and cables, and that can get messy. One of the best ways to keep your work space sleek and simple is to tame those tangles with a cord organizer. We like the elegance of this magnetic option, which can suction to your table or wall. Laptop, phone, printer, and charger cords will magnetize to it and be right where you need them.

What about laptop sleeves or cases?

Thanks to the padded laptop sleeves in our handbags, there's no need for an extra case! Just slide your laptop into one of our bags and you can tote it anywhere, safe and secure. 

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PACK LIKE A PRO: SMART PACKING TIPS FOR CARRY-ON BAGS

This is a guest post by Michelle C. of IntentionalTravelers.com.

Packing for a trip requires us to overcome conflicting considerations: being thoroughly prepared versus not being over-burdened by our luggage. Taking just the right amount can be tricky to figure out. 

What's in my bag

I've had the Clark & Mayfield Morrison bag by my side for almost a year now, and it has always doubled as a work bag and a carry-on. Since I'm constantly on the road and working from my laptop as I travel, it's important for my bag to hold only what I need.

So what do I pack? The picture to the left shows the contents of my carry-on bag for the flights on our latest journey: five weeks in Hawaii, two and a half weeks in Vietnam, and two and half weeks in Japan. (My checked bag was a Gregory backpack that held my clothes, toiletries, and extra notebooks.)

*Macbook Air 13" with power cord
*Notebook
*iPhone 4S with ULAK wallet case (contains ID and credit card)
*sunglasses
*Corsair 32 Gig flashdrive
*mini address book
*Kindle Paperwhite with leather case
*checkbook
*Japanese phrasebook
*iPod shuffle with earbuds
*foam earplugs
*lipstick
*prescription bottle
*business cards and back-up credit cards
*glasses case
*G2 pens and pencil
*Gorge Delights Just Fruit snack bars
*multi-purpose scarf
*one change of clothes 

And, of course, it's all held together with the Morrison laptop bag.

Packing Tips

1. Your carry on should hold anything you absolutely can't do without if your check-in bag gets lost en route. On our trip to France this past summer, a glitch in the system caused our luggage to arrive 10 days late. Carrying on a light-weight change of clothes and prescriptions are always a good idea, just in case.

2. Valuables like electronics, expensive jewelry, and cash should never be left in checked baggage.

3. If you find yourself overpacking in attempt to prepare for every possible weather variation, or if you're unsure about what you'll need at your destination, don't sweat it. Remember that most things can be purchased at your destination if you determine later that you really need them.

4. The secret to minimizing your clothing items is to pack things that can be layered and to go with a general color scheme so that each piece can be mixed and matched with the others. 

5. Use a carry-on bag with inner pockets to keep your belongings in place and easy to access. This is why I love the Morrison bag. I like to keep my passport and airline tickets in the front outside pocket so I always know exactly where they are and can quickly pull them out when needed.