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With Alt Summit just over a week away my mind is on what I’ll be taking in my suitcase. Who doesn’t love packing for a fun week in the California sun? If you’re coming and not sure what to pack here’s my advice.

Pack Light:

If you’re flying in you might want to cut back on some of the weight in your luggage.

  • Mini toiletries are your saviour (remember liquid restrictions apply if you’re only carrying on)
  • You really don’t need three pairs of shoes
  • Share with friends – sharing a room? Which items can you pool to cut down on weight?
  • Pick staple garments which can form the basis of several outfits
  • Leave space for goody bag gifts (or mail them back to yourself from Palm Springs)

Power Dressing:

It may seem that everyone is judging you for your outfit but if they’re looking it’s because they secretly want to look as good as you do. Seriously! I pick out my wardrobe based on what will make me comfortable and what makes me happy, everything else follows. Here are a few thoughts to consider.

  • Have layers for the evening or cooler days
  • Pick shoes which don’t ruin your feet
  • Choose colours which fit in with your online presence
  • Switch things up with favourite accessories – I’m bringing enamel pins and statement necklaces to liven up my outfits
  • Remember your pyjamas for morning balcony sessions (especially if you’re sharing a room)
  • Comfort & joy over everything else

Honestly, you’re going to an event where people are open to making friends. Dress for you not who you think you should be.

Business Essentials:

Alt is a week of fun, frolics and time away from my day to day life to focus on my business.

This may be an in real life event but your digital presence still matters. Tweeting and instagramming the event is a way to make connections with people attending and those watching from afar. I never go to an event without:

  • Phone battery – I love an eight charge battery to get me through an event
  • Chargers
  • Phone & iPad

If you are creating content while you’re away it is possible with a phone and iPad (I wrote this sat in an airport on my iPad mini) but it might not be your best work. Despite the extra weight having my laptop and big camera is a must for me as I can spend the jetlag hours keeping on top of my business and creating posts.

  • Laptop
  • Cameras
  • SD card reader
  • External drive
  • Travel socket extender

Making connections and learning

  • Business cards (200+ if you really want to work the event hard, 100 minimum)
  • Pouch or large envelope to keep cards you collect in
  • Notebook
  • Favourite pens


Here are a few more things you might need.

  • Ear plugs – the walls are thin at The Saguaro
  • Sun cream (especially if you’re coming from a cold, dark climate like me)
  • Swimsuit (towels are provided)
  • Projects / products to photograph – we’re taking our friend Kim’s Palm Spring collection for a shoot. What work photography can you get done while you’re away?
  • Podcasts and playlists for down time
  • Drone – are you bringing yours?

Plan the Shit Out of it!

There is nothing like being prepared to calm you down.

  • Make a list
  • Pack what you’ll need last first and keep your first night essentials near the top
  • Bring your packing list and check items off when you pack to come home

Inspired by Design Crush, Nikki and I have created this dreamy coloured packing list to keep you on track. Doesn’t Nikki’s design have you ready to immerse yourself in colour?



Click image to download printable PDF or follow this link.

What are you bringing to Alt this year? See you in Palm Springs!

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  • Reply Sian January 21, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Love, love the colours! Great ideas, I can’t wait to read about your experience and see your outfits. I’m not going to Alt but it’s got me a tiny bit excited about packing for this year’s Blogtacular!

    • Reply Kat January 23, 2017 at 11:43 am

      Yay! Will have to get Nikki to post a packing list for that :)

  • Reply Tiffany @ Pop and Banter January 23, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Thanks for sharing this, Kat! And totally true about leaving room for goody bag items. Last year, I had to leave quite a bit behind since it did not fit in my carry on! Curious to the swimsuit, it looks like it won’t be “summer” weather, but maybe it will feel warmer?

    • Reply Kat February 16, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      Did you use the swimsuit? Mine didn’t make it into the hot tubs :(

  • Reply Caro | The Twinkle Diaries January 24, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Aaah I am SO envious!! This is definitely on my wish list! I’d love to go to Alt Summit. Nice that you’re bringing a little of it back to the UK in the form of Blogtacular though.

    Also nice to see that — even though you’re packing light — sequins are in there. ALWAYS an essential in my book!
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    • Reply Kat February 16, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      I don’t really use it as inspiration for what I do, they are very different events.

  • Reply Erin January 30, 2017 at 3:00 am

    Thank you for this! I didn’t even think about packing party outfits. Printing it out right now. : )

    • Reply Kat February 16, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      Woop woop! Loved your round table x

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