As this blog goes live, I am in Chicago for a three-day weekend to visit my buddy, Matt, and work on content for my internship. It will be quite an active and fun-filled weekend; I am exploring downtown, finally trying the pizza pot pie I’ve wanted for over a year, shopping (of course), enjoying one too many beverages, and taking many photos around the city. It is important to pack accordingly for such a busy weekend getaway because you don’t want too many or too few items. When going away for a weekend, only pack the essentials for the trip. It will save you a lot of space in your bag and energy to keep track of everything. Below I give you the top items one should bring on a short or long weekend trip.
Two pairs of chinos
Everyone should bring a pair or two of chinos because they are such a diverse piece of clothing; they are lightweight pants that are designed to be worn in all seasons, and they can be dressed up for a fancy dinner or dressed down for a night at the club or exploring the city. They are just that stinking diverse, everyone!!
Especially since it is summer, I will advocate for chinos over jeans on a weekend trip because you can wear them even if it is boiling hot outside or extra windy and cool. Since I will be in the Windy City at the beginning of August, I do not know what to expect. Will it be stupidly hot or rather breezy? I have no idea, so I packed both my navy and gray J.Crew chinos. It can be pretty warm outside or a bit windy, and I will be dressed accordingly either way.
One long-sleeve t-shirt
You can NEVER go wrong with a white long-sleeve t-shirt. They are aesthetically pleasing, minimal, and fashionable. Just like with the chinos, you can wear this shirt in any weather and for many occasions. Is it chilly outside? Perfect, this shirt is long-sleeved. But, is the sun beating down, too? Excellent. This shirt is white so the sun will not be attracted to it. Without a doubt, I packed my J.Crew white long-sleeve t-shirt to wear downtown one of the days.
One of my biggest pet peeves is people not wearing a damn belt. They have two important uses: one, they hold up your pants/jeans/shorts, which, you know, is crazy important and convenient. And, two, they are the perfect accessory to finish a look or give your outfit some extra color. Personally, I am a huge fan of light brown belts, and I definitely will be wearing my favorite belt all weekend.
Instead of wearing pajama pants to bed and waking up sweating like crazy, I advise bringing a pair of comfy and breathable basketball shorts to sleep in. Also, you never know when you’re going to the gym, so why not have them just in case? (Sorry, I am a “gym rat” who sure doesn’t look like it…)
Underwear and socks
If you know you will be moving about or walking a lot, please, please, please bring a sturdy and comfortable pair of shoes/boots. Do your feet and yourself a favor and make sure you pack shoes/boots that won’t destroy your feet or back. For this trip, I decided to bring my Aldo brown dress boots that have high-quality Dr. Scholl’s in soles inside them. They are soooo comfortable and great for walking (surprisingly!).
Seriously, I cannot convey how important good walking shoes are. Take it from someone with a fused tailbone from an injury whose ribs pop out of place and hips and ankles get out of alignment. Wearing shoes that support your back and feet are a life saver.
It is necessary to take care of your personal hygiene at all times. Whether you are home, on vacation, or just away for the weekend, bring what you need for proper grooming and hygiene. For this weekend away, I brought body wash, my beard oil, a comb and a brush, deodorant, my toothbrush and toothpaste, Q-tips, lotion, floss, and my beard trimmer. You know, the essentials. I take my personal grooming and hygiene very seriously…
Your Everyday Carry Items
These will be the items you cannot go a day or even an hour without. You can read about my ECI and what I brought with me to the city here.
While some people prefer actual luggage bags, I fancy a comfortable and high-quality backpack. I like backpacks over luggage bags for several reasons. One, it doesn’t feel like you actually have to carry it; rather, you can sling it over your shoulders and go about your day. Two, they are smaller than luggage bags, so you do not risk over-packing for a trip. Instead, you bring what you know you need and will use. Again, less is more! Three, they are pretty dang fashionable. Rocking a fashion backpack will never go out of style. You all already know that I brought everything in my JuneHouse Rose Red Backpack.
This backpack is amazing. It is very fashionable, high-quality, super comfortable, and goes great with my style. I love to rock very minimal and three-color outfits. So, the pop of rose red from this backpack gives my looks the perfect touch. Just look at how great the combination below works. (Review coming next week.)
There you have it, folks. What I advise you should bring on a nice weekend trip. Just remember to pack the essentials because you don’t want to have an abundant amount of clothing, shoes, or items wasting space in your backpack/luggage. Also, you want to leave space in your backpack/luggage in case you buy something and need to store it! And, the Lord knows I will come back with quite a few things and will need the space…
– Kyle Majerus
Ahh, summer. This is one of the only times all year I am not bombarded with homework and stressed out with organizations. I just work during the day, relax at night, and thoroughly enjoy my weekends. Since it is summer, I have much more free time because I have no serious obligations like I do during the school year. I figured since I have much more time on my hands, I could compile a list of activities and goals I wish to complete throughout the next few months. Without further ado, I give you my summer bucket list (as of now):
Eat an acai bowl from Charlotte’s Coffee House
Acai bowls — a thick fruit smoothie in a bowl, topped with fruit, peanut butter, oats, and a honey or agave nectar glaze — have become the hype lately. I never even heard of them until everyone and their mom started talking, tweeting, and Facebooking about them. So, after discovering what they are, I made it my mission to try one; and, where else would I go then my favorite coffee shop on this planet: Charlotte’s Coffee House on the corner of White Street and 11th Street in Dubuque, Iowa. This coffee shop is welcoming, cozy, and aesthetically pleasing. Also, I heard they have the best acai bowls in the area. What more could I ask for?
Luckily for me, I already knocked this off my summer bucket list last Saturday. A buddy of mine and I met up for breakfast and to talk about life, and I had a delicious cup of cold-brew coffee and a beautiful acai bowl. Oh, it was heaven; 10/10 would recommend to anyone. They also make for some pretty neat photos.
Acai bowl and cold-brew coffee
See a Cubs game at Wrigley Field
Not many people know this about me, but I am a huge baseball fan. In fact, I played baseball all throughout elementary school and for three years in high school. Nevertheless, as any other baseball fan and ex-player, I love to visit baseball stadiums and watch live baseball. Now, I have been able to watch three games at Miller Park, tour Busch Stadium, and even play in the Metrodome for high school baseball, but I have never been to Wrigley Field.
As a future Chicagoan (in exactly one year, might I add!), I feel like this is a must-do. All I need is an ice-cold beer, a Chicago dog with extra everything, and some baseball to make me feel at home. I have made it my number one goal to visit Wrigley Field this summer. Well, as this post goes public, I can happily say I am in the process of purchasing my ticket to see the Cubs play at the beginning of July. So, in less than one month I can check this off the list too!
I am in love with wine. Well, only white wines and sweet red wines, none of that dry stuff. Fortunately, there is an upscale winery in Dubuque, Iowa, and all my friends and I love going to Stone Cliff Winery and tasting the delectable wines they have for $5. With it being close to my apartment and so cheap, it won’t be too tough to make an appearance or two there this summer.
Eat a Pizza Pot Pie
Don’t tell me you never heard of a pizza pot pie?! Click this link right now and check it out. I promise you will not be disappointed. Heck, you might even add this to your own bucket list. A pizza pot pie is a gift from God, and I will devour one before the summer is out. Sadly, this may have to wait until August when I visit some pals of mine, but it will happen nonetheless. You know what, I may even buy two and eat them both… who knows.
Spend a weekend on the lake
Since this is a summer bucket list, I have to have something about visiting a lake, right? It is kind of a requirement. Normally I would just go to Lake Joy in Belmont, Wisconsin, but my roommate’s girlfriend has a lake house in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and her family is more than happy to host us for a weekend. Without a doubt, we all will spend a weekend or two up there boating, jet skiing, and enjoying adult beverages. I cannot wait to have a Summer Shandy on their boat; there is nothing better in life than a boat rocking under your feet while drinking something lemony and sweet. I sure am looking forward to completing this one.
Finish The Historian
Last summer I started a novel by Elizabeth Kostova titled The Historian. It is a detective fiction/mystery about a graduate history student who receives a mysterious book that implies Dracula is still alive. Once he begins to investigate this, strange events begin to occur to himself and those around him. That is all I will say on it, but I definitely recommend it. I, unfortunately, did not have the time to finish it last summer, but now since summer has — thankfully — returned, I can! I only have about 300 pages left, which is a walk in the park for an English major.
Visit an art museum
I have been obsessed with visiting art museums since I was a freshman in high school. There is just something emotionally stimulating and inspiring about observing others’ creative works and their reasons for their masterpieces. Dubuque has a small art museum downtown which I intend on visiting, but where I really want to go is the Art Institute of Chicago. I was fortunate enough to have a field trip here for my freshman year ceramics class in high school (which sparked my love for art museums), and I have not been able to go back since. The art museum has some fascinating exhibits on display; truly, the medieval suits of armor are remarkable and “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” is something to behold. While it is pricey for admission, I know it is worth it because you get much more bang for your buck.
There you have it, folks. My 2017 summer bucket list. It is still rather short and not too extravagant or impressive. However, I intend on adding to it as the months go on, and, hopefully, I can complete every one by the middle of August. This is going to be one eventful summer because it is the last one before I am off to begin my adult life. Time to make some unforgettable memories with the best of friends.
– Kyle Majerus