Greetings from beautiful Haliburton, Ontario, friends! Goodness, it’s been a while since our last Intentional Travel post, hasn’t it? Well, this week, I’m spending five days in the heart of the Canadian woods alongside an incredible group of women at the inaugural Imperfect Boss Camp while I serve a mentor. It’s been such a joy to guide a group of six women through this experience, serving as their biggest cheerleader, supporter, and guide along the way!
Since I can’t take y’all along with me on this experience, I’m doing the next best thing and sharing my full packing list for the cool weather and ruggedly beautiful scenery in this part of Ontario. The heart behind every Intentional Travel post is to highlight a way of packing and prioritizing what you bring so you can spend less time in your hotel room, struggling to figure out what to wear. Instead, you can spend more time exploring a new city, building relationships with new industry friends, and making the most of this experience!
The mission behind the Imperfect Boss Camp experience is centered around equipping and empowering women both in life and business through powerful mindset work, confidence building, and actionable business strategy. Mix an incredible curriculum like that with a gorgeous camp set on a picturesque lake surrounded by towering pine trees, and you have a setting that’s ripe for moments of clarity, big personal breakthroughs, and lifelong friendships! And the last thing you want to be thinking about in that type of setting is what to wear.
Which is why I focused on packing my coziest casual pieces that take your summer camp packing list to the next level!
When I was packing for Canada, the temps looked much chillier than the weather here in Texas. And since I basically think anything under 75 degrees calls for a cardigan (thanks, Texas summers!), I packed my bag with versatile layers and long sleeves that can be mixed and matched throughout the week.
- Oversized asymmetrical long sleeve top in grey and white (seriously the slouchiest, softest top ever!)
- Oversized pullover sweater in cream (I love how this sweater works with leggings for a cozier, more casual look, but can easily be paired with skinny jeans and ankle boots for a simple-yet-polished ensemble.)
- Blush pullover sweater with patchwork pockets
- Boyfriend cut dark green plaid (My shirt is vintage that’s borrowed from the boys, but this is an affordable current option that’s almost identical!)
- Whisper cotton v-necks in white and grey (I’ve been buying these for years and they layer beautifully under sweaters to provide more warmth when temps get a bit chilly.)
- Skinny jeans in a dark wash and a lighter wash (Gotta have my options!)
- Activewear tights in navy, grey, and black (I’m packing dark neutrals that can pair well with almost all of the colored tops I brought. Plus, the darker colors make wearing fancy yoga pants a little more socially acceptable in public ????)
- Chunky knit open front cardigan in grey
- Dark green v-neck cardigan
- Patagonia quarter zip pullover in grey
- Faux leather moto jacket (I snagged this Topshop piece years ago and it’s kept me warm from San Francisco to London. It’s also available in petite sizing which is a big plus!)
- Rain jacket (I bought a lightweight rain jacket back in college that’s designed for travel so it packs super well! The weather looked a bit unpredictable for this week, so I figured I’d rather be safe than sorry.)
Since I kept the pieces I packed fairly simple and super versatile, I’m relying on a few statement pieces of jewelry and neutral accessories to spice things up a bit. The color palette inside my suitcase is made up mostly of white, grey, dark green with a pop of blush, so I focused on brass and gold jewelry that can add a little shine to any outfit I put together on this trip.
- White tassel + brass statement earrings
- Abstract matte gold earrings
- Brass half moon necklace
- Ankle boots in tan (These can pull together a casual look and serve as totally sensible footwear across the camp’s terrain.)
- Black tennis shoes
- Brown leather moccasins (Fun fact–I’ve been rocking these exact moccasins year after year since the early 2000’s! My dad bought me a moccasin-making kit for Christmas one year, and I’ve been hooked ever since.)
Despite the lack of WiFi and spotty cell service, I’m having an absolute blast with my sweet group of campers here at the Imperfect Boss Camp! And I hope this latest Intentional Travel post is giving you all the inspiration as you prep for your next fall adventure so you can travel thoughtfully wherever you go.