Packing with Purpose - What to Pack for Vacation while making a Difference

Packing with Purpose - What to Pack for Vacation while making a Difference

In August, Chance and I traveled to Seattle to celebrate our ten-year wedding anniversary. Nevermind the fact we’d been married for over eleven years. 

We’re our own bosses. We’ll take an anniversary trip when we want to. (Or when there are fewer crises in our home than usual…)

While I was in Seattle, I took to social media in order to share some products from my absolute favorite companies. A few of them partnered with me, sent me products, etc. A few of them were supportive but surprised when I tagged them.

But all of them are doing greater good than just making me look cute in my vacation outfits. 

Every single one of the companies I showcased are giveback companies. A portion (or all) of their profits are used to better the world around us. 

And if we have to get dressed anyway, why wouldn’t we want to make the world a better place?

So today I am re-sharing what I packed, what I wore, and where these companies can be located. I urge you to look into these organizations (and others) as you shop as well. 

What I Packed

(Be sure to pin this photo for future packing ideas!)

 

  1. Mossimo Mustard Shirt
  2. Elly and Grace Tee - faith-based apparel, supporting Compassion International sponsored children
  3. Mossimo Turquoise Tank
  4. Sleeveless White
  5. Mossimo Green Tee
  6. ByTavi Dixie Kimono - fighting human trafficking in Cambodia
  7. By Tavi Are You Rose Crossbody Townie - fighting human trafficking in Cambodia
  8. Choco Sandals
  9. Ruff Hewn Jacket
  10. GAP shorts
  11. Graffiti 2 Community Ministries - revitalizing, reviving, and revolutionizing Mott Haen neighborhood of South Bronx
  12. TOMS Shoes - one-to-one giving shoes to those in need around the globe (pattern discontinued)
  13. Mossimo Straw Hat
  14. Sierra Flip-flops
  15. GAP Shorts
  16. GAP Cropped Jeans
  17. GAP Skinny Jeans
  18. Mossimo Swimming Suit
  19. ByTavi Black Ikat Joggers - fighting human trafficking in Cambodia
  20. By Tavi Blue-Stripe Swing Dress - fighting human trafficking in Cambodia (print discontinued)
  21. 3/4 Sleeve Dress
  22. Johnny Was Dress
  23. Mossimo Romper

 

What I Wore

Day One:

It was travel day as we flew out west. I totally dressed the part! 

It was travel day as we flew out west. I totally dressed the part! 

earrings: For Salone, telling bible stories and teaching life skills to people in Sierra Leone, Africa

shirt: Elly and Grace, faith-based apparel, supporting Compassion International children

purse: crossbody townie from ByTavi, fighting human trafficking in Cambodia

necklace: Unlock Hope, providing education for girls in Uganda

 

 

Day Two: 

This was just one corner of the backyard of the house we rented. The weather was perfect and it was like a secret garden! Loved it!

This was just one corner of the backyard of the house we rented. The weather was perfect and it was like a secret garden! Loved it!

earrings: For Salone, telling bible stories and teaching life skills to people in Sierra Leone, Africa

dress: blue-stripe swing (extremely comfortable!!) dress from ByTavi, fighting human trafficking in Cambodia

necklace: Beads of Hope Africa, empowering Ugandan women through economic opportunity

bracelet: Create Hope Cuffs, upcycled materials sold to help bring literacy and education to children in Swaziland

 

Day Three:

We spent some time downtown this day - under and above ground. We also had brunch in the Ballard area and supper on the bay. We tried to do it all!

We spent some time downtown this day - under and above ground. We also had brunch in the Ballard area and supper on the bay. We tried to do it all!

pants: jogger pants (like wearing pajamas with pockets) from ByTavi, fighting human trafficking in Cambodia

bracelet: leather bracelet from Love41, assisting to rebuild Rwanda post-genocide (discontinued, similar style)

 

Day Four: 

We're really played tourist this day by hitting multiple museums and doing some local shopping. We even traveled up to the top of the Space Needle!

We're really played tourist this day by hitting multiple museums and doing some local shopping. We even traveled up to the top of the Space Needle!

bracelet: Create Hope Cuffs, upcycled materials sold to help bring literacy and education to children in Swaziland

bag: Graffiti 2 Community Ministries seeks to revitalize, revive, and revolutionize the Mott Haven neighborhood of the South Bronx and beyond by enabling individuals in the area

 

Day Five:

If there's one thing we left Seattle with (aside from extra pounds), it was inspiration. So much art, color, and creativity! 

If there's one thing we left Seattle with (aside from extra pounds), it was inspiration. So much art, color, and creativity! 

kimono: ByTavi, fighting human trafficking in Cambodia

leather bracelet: Love41, assisting to rebuild Rwanda post-genocide (discontinued, similar style)

 

Day Six:

I was reminded on this day what a beautiful world we live in. Those around us - on U.S. soil or abroad - can be impacted by the beauty of giving. You can make a difference just by making a few meaningful purchases. We can all shop with purpose.

I was reminded on this day what a beautiful world we live in. Those around us - on U.S. soil or abroad - can be impacted by the beauty of giving. You can make a difference just by making a few meaningful purchases. We can all shop with purpose.

earrings: For Salone - telling bible stories and teaching life skills to people in Sierra Leone, Africa

purse: crossbody townie from ByTavi, fighting human trafficking in Cambodia

necklace: Unlock Hope, providing education for girls in Uganda

leather bracelet: Love41, assisting to rebuild Rwanda post genocide (discontinued, similar style)

 

When Words and Pictures were Enough to Save a Life

When Words and Pictures were Enough to Save a Life