How to Pack for 30 Days

Packing for a week-long trip is tough and I just packed for a month. Most of the time I wash whatever is in my bags and pack it back up! The summer season is the easiest because the weather is tolerable and clothes are lighter and smaller. My wardrobe is… practical. Athleisure, neutral colors, maybe tomboy-meets-alternative, if I had to label myself. Can I wear this with 3 other things? Will I wear this only once? Is it timeless or trendy? Is it comfortable to travel in? Can I possibly wear this again in the winter? Don’t get me wrong, I make my fair share of trendy and questionable purchases from time to time. I’m actually VERY proud of what I packed for this month and I felt inclined to share! 

Everything pictured above fit in a standard carry-on sized rollaboard by TravelPro and a backpack. I’ve been using TravelPro for almost 6 years and I’m only on a second suitcase! That’s impressive for how much I use it for work trips. Most airlines allow an allotment of one rollaboard and one personal item per person. What are your “must haves” when traveling?

Items: Umbrella, blue light glasses, sunglasses, iPad, selfie stick, current book.

These are some things I always have with me. iPad. Always. I’ve jumped on the blue light glasses bandwagon and I honestly think it helps with motion sickness and headaches. I got a 2 pack on Amazon for $14.98. I alternate between kindle and ‘real’ books to be easier on my eyes and not feel so nauseous. Know any other motion sick flight attendants? Yeah, I’ll wait.

Items: Simple grey sweater, ultra light jacket.

It’s summer, remember. If you’re reading this a few months from now I hope I have the winter version for you. Airplanes are cold. It doesn’t hurt to bring something warm.

Items: Sports bras

I don’t wear many “real” bras. Practical athleisure. Not pictured are two (very small lol) bralettes, 5 pairs of socks, and 5 skivvies.

Items: Neutral colored tops, good supply of tank tops, crop tops, plain shirts, Whiskey & Bone graphic shit, very useful t-shirt dress

A good rule of thumb for me has always been to stick with a color scheme and pick items that go well with multiple pieces but having a fun piece in the mix is good too. This funky graphic tee is one of my favorites from Whiskey & Bone. Ladies, (or guys) get yourself a t shirt dress. This black one was $10 from H&M and I’ve had it forever and it always comes with me. Is it jammies? Is it a swim cover? Is it a casual dress to wear with sandals or sneakers or boots? Who knows, its up to me.

Items: Workout/sleeping shorts

Sometimes when I’ve packed for a trip, I pack too many cute outfit options and not enough things to lounge in. I also workout frequently so having enough things to sweat in before I need to use coin operated hotel washers is a must for me. I know y’all think these neon green joggers are LIFE but unfortunately they’re from Buffalo Exchange.

Items: Nike running shoes, Nike training/walking shoes, Converse high-tops, and sandals

These are the ONLY sandals I own besides some adidas slides. I’m more of a boots or Converse kinda girl. No, I don’t have ugly toes… I do a lot of walking so I think I’ve just gravitated away from shoes that are so uncomfortable and leave me hurting by the end of my adventures. These sandals are from Target and are actually very squishy. (I lied about how many sandals I own. I bought Coddies for the lake a couple of weeks ago. You’re welcome)

Items: Headphones, elastic bands, running belt, jump rope (in case hotel gyms were closed)

I bought these for closed hotel gyms for COVID and are all from TJ Maxx. The headphones are Beats.

Items: Two swimsuit choices

Two swimsuits, because summer. I got both of these a couple months ago and I’m obsessed. I’ve purchased a handful of swimsuits from Zaful over the years and the quality of their stuff has improved so much. They’re cheap but don’t feel cheap. Anymore.

Items: Headbands from urban outfitters, Forever 21, and H&M

Headbands are ALWAYS with me. They fix a bad hair day and make any boring outfit look cute. Am I right or am I right?

Items: Neutral color shorts for mix & match

These overalls are my only pair of denim shorts and they’re from Target! I’ve been wearing them all summer long. All of these bottoms go with more than one of the top options I packed which allows for multiple outfit ideas from fewer items. Another helpful tip, denim truly isn’t meant to be washed after each wear so you can wear them a few times before they need a wash. I’m not gross, here’s a quick Marie Claire article about wearing (probably real) denim 3-10 times before washing! Bring your favorite pair of denim pants/shorts and pack other cotton-like bottoms because they pack better. Denim doesn’t roll very well. Do you fold or roll your clothes? I’ve found over the years that rolling packs way more into the suitcase.

Items: Hair straightener, Hot Tools blow-out dryer (Girls & Guys. Buy this)

Ok. Normally I would only bring my straightener on a shorter trip but 30 days is a long time to use those less than mediocre hotel blow dryers. This Hot Tools Blowout Styler is INSANE. I have frizzy stupid bleached hair and have to blow dry and then straighten it or curl it. I had to make room for it. Some days I only use this! I was a non-believer and I’m telling you this thing is magic.

Items: Hats

I always have a hat with me. I use them for workouts and lately I’ve been really trying to protect my face from the sun. Turning 30 and possible melasma will do that to you. The black hat is my go-to and is from a local company of close friends called Landlocked. They have an EQUALITY line worth checking out if, you know, equality is what you stand for.

Items: Chord and Fender mini amp fit in my backpack. Traveler Guitar is a separate item I carried with me in addition to the two Carry-on items

This guitar did not fit in only two carry on bags but worth mentioning. I often bring this Traveler Guitar for layovers I know I won’t be doing any fun adventuring. It’s a full size fret and only 3lbs! It’s literally so small. It was my first guitar and I love it so much. I’m not that annoying to blast this mini amp. I have headphones and a plugin Vox amp so only I can hear myself play.

NOT PICTURED: The contents of my toiletry bags. I have one for essentials and one for makeup.

I’m currently on day 25 of my 30 day stay away from home and I have no regrets with what I chose to bring. Nothing I wish I had packed. Nothing I wish I left at home. I’m just missing my other shoes very much! Haha. I like to tell myself if I forgot it, I can always buy it. Or, do I need to pack this now or can I wait to purchase it when I get there? Asking yourself this will save you a ton of space in your bags.

I’d love to hear what you all like to pack or what you can’t travel without! Your go-to’s and your habits. If you’re new to this blog, thanks for stopping through! If you’re more of an Instagram fan, I have a personal and Boogie account. Check ‘em out!

5 Cities to Visit WITHOUT a Rental Car

In a past life, I think I was an engineer for Chicago when the transit system was originally built. Or in my next life, I’ll come back and clean up whatever Miami thinks they are doing down there.

When it comes to picking somewhere to visit, I almost always prefer some place I won’t need a rental car. My trips are usually quick weekend getaways only staying a few nights. With the exception of trips with the intention of being in the mountains or out in nature, a car isn’t always necessary. Sometimes planes and trains are all you need. I would like to mention, some of the best places are the hardest to get to, but that’s for another post. This post is about urban adventures, convenience, and public transportation. Here are 5 of my favorite cities to visit without a rental car.

CHICAGO. In my opinion, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is hands down the best public transportation system in the country. The US is far behind every other country in terms of train systems but the CTA delivers, albeit a little stinky. Every line is distinguished by a color, they’re easy to ride, you can download the app and it estimates the time in which the bus or trains will arrive, the blue line runs directly into O’Hare International airport and for my Southwest fans, the orange line will take you right to Midway. Not only is it convenient, it’s affordable, and the people watching come in 2nd to NYC. Airport tickets are $5 and you get two additional connections including the buses. A day pass is $10. A 3 day pass is $20. A 7 day pass is $28. A monthly unlimited pass is $105. How much are rental cars and parking passes again? Watching bumper to bumper traffic from the train will validate any decision you thought you had between renting a car and becoming one with the people for a few days. I lived in Chicago for a year and not once thought I needed a vehicle. 

My sister in Chicago for the first time.

NEW YORK CITY. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), although tricky to learn, dirty, and extra stinky, can get you anywhere you need to be. Also affordable at $2.75 a ride. A 7 day pass is $33. A monthly unlimited pass is $127. A cab from any of the airports in the city will cost you over $50 in non-peak hours. If I have any advice, it would be to map out the route you need to take before you start wandering because once you’re down on the platforms you will lose cell reception. From LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports there is a bus that runs to a nearby train station and from Newark International Airport you can take the AirTrain that will take you to a nearby train station or downtown Jersey City to connect onto the PATH into lower Manhattan. Honestly, hang out in Jersey awhile. Check out Grove Square or Hoboken and have some fun.

Myself in Jersey City, NJ – View of Manhattan

MIAMI. You might be wondering how on earth this place is making the list considering I said I wanted to fix the city in my next life. The thing about Miami is that the city is actually small but very dense. It seems to be growing taller, not wider. Many people fly into Fort Lauderdale, but I’m focusing on Miami and Miami Beach specifically for the purpose of this blog. Getting to and from the airport. Take the Metro Mover from the Miami International Airport terminal right into downtown Miami if you’d like to stay in an awesome high rise, if you’re there for work, want to check out Brickell, nightlife, catch a Miami Heat game (sin COVID) or eat at the many awesome restaurants in midtown. This is for you. The metro rail also connects the inner city to some of Miami’s coolest places like Coconut Grove or Wynwood. If Miami Beach or South Beach is where you want to stay and play, I would suggest an Uber or Lyft (around $20) each way. Miami traffic is horrific and parking is worse so renting a car is just not a good idea. Getting up and down Miami Beach and around downtown is actually very… free! FREE. Read that again. Arriving every 10-15 minutes you can hop on the Miami Trolley on different loops to circle around every part of Miami Beach. Did I mention this is free? And not so stinky? It’s tourist heavy and very safe considering there isn’t a fare. There is also a train that runs from the Metro Mover station up through Fort Lauderdale and to West Palm Beach if you really wanted to cover some ground and save a couple hours of drive time. 

Fisher Island, Miami, FL – Highest per capita income of any other place in the U.S. as of 2015 and is only accessible by boat, ferry, or helicopter.

SAN FRANCISCO. The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system runs directly into the San Francisco International airport from downtown San Francisco. The BART also has services to Oakland. I’ve never been but please utilize the website to see how far it can actually take you. The buses run a grid through the entire city of SF and fares are decent compared to possible tickets or tows for the parking restrictions throughout the city. If your visit is about all the delicious food, museums, music, culture and art that rolls through SF, you won’t even think you needed a car. Fares for the BART are based on distance therefore day, week, and monthly passes aren’t available. These buses are eco friendly running on a hybrid electric system! One thing I noticed about SF were the bus stops outside of schools and the amount of young kids cruising the bus solo. I’ve seen it in Chicago as well but not as much as SF. These little independent people are out there handling life! If you’re interested in riding on the iconic cable cars, tickets must be purchased in advance or from the Muni app and are $8 for single-ride. An all day visitor passport pass is $13 and also must be purchased in advance at ticket locations, the muni pass, or via Clipper Card. Clipper card information is also available on the BART website. 

View of San Francisco Bay from Sausalito, Ca – accessible by bus

DALLAS. I wanted to list a city that wasn’t so obvious. A place that seems taboo not to have a vehicle considering it’s the 10th biggest city in the US. Dallas is BIG. Miami and San Francisco’s population combined, big. Renting a vehicle seems like the obvious choice as the city is quite spread out but much of the city’s entertainment can be found in concentrated areas of downtown, Uptown, and Deep Ellum, reachable by the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system. Quite possibly the least stinky of them all. The DART operates out of the Dallas/Fort Worth International airport and for my Southwest fans again, Love Field. Love Field utilizes a bus that takes you to the Love Field train station and then right into the city. A single pass is $2.50. A day pass is $6. A monthly local pass is $96 and only available through the GoPass app. Directly from the Victory Park train station downtown is American Airlines Center which is home to the Dallas Stars, the Dallas Mavericks, and many popular artists’ concerts. Uptown has rooftops and patio bars with live music. Deep Ellum is the hot spot for dive bars, street art, and breweries. Don’t skip Dallas because you think you need a vehicle. Thank me later.

The Traveling Man – Deep Ellum, Dallas, Tex

I chose these 5 cities because I have the most experience getting around them. There are so many more that at least provide service from the airport into the city! Denver, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Minneapolis, and Washington D.C. to name a few. Skip the rental car. Get to know your friends a little better and see how they can navigate once they’re thrown onto a train. I really hope you benefit from this post because it took forever to write it! It also took years for me to experience public transportation in unknown cities and most of the time by myself. So, enjoy!! I love nothing more than to share what I’ve learned to make your trips a little less stressful. (Even if they’re more stinky without a rental.) If you’d like to figure out how to score flights at a good deal check out my post 5 Tips for Booking Cheap Flights. Final thought. Why do we park on a driveway and drive on a parkway?

Is it Safe to Travel?

The difference between being fearless and being brave.

Most of you came for the 411 on coronavirus and air travel, and I’ll get there. COVID aside,  is it ever “safe” to travel? I get this question all of the time about almost everywhere. Is it safe to travel to Chicago? Is it safe to travel to Bogota? Where is the safest place to visit in Europe? Is my home town of Kansas City safe? Depends on what your idea of safe is and right now people are extra concerned about their health, and not their actual safety so I thought I would dive into the original meaning behind the question.

Asking this question over and over will kill any experience you’re wishing to have when it comes to traveling. Is anywhere truly “safe?” A fearless person dives into the unknown and uncertainty with confidence knowing there are risks in everything we do and everywhere we go, and maybe by default you believe bad things won’t happen to you, but you’re at least aware and you go anyway. Don’t stop yourself from trying new things or places because of fear. Do them all anyway because that’s what you want to do. I’d like to address I’m aware that being fearless might come easier when we’re young and naive. 

Photo: Mount Monserrate, Bogota, Colombia

I’ve gone by myself to Bogota, Colombia with hardly any cash and cell reception, and with a friend. I walked the streets of New York City at night by myself. I lived in an “up and coming” neighborhood in Chicago and took the train at questionable hours by myself. Being fearless allowed me to have experienced the thrill of Time Square lights at night, or the views of Mount Monserrate in Bogota, Colombia  or taken the chance of moving to a big city like Chicago. 

To answer the question, no. Nowhere is safe and to think otherwise you’re choosing to be vulnerable. Maybe your house in the suburbs is safe because it’s a gated community and you’re on the neighborhood watch squad and the cops only get called when I sneak a swim in your pool after midnight, I mean, someone sneaks a swim in your pool after midnight. By some extent that is safe. I live on the Country Club Plaza in a nice secure building with a beautiful view, a mile away from Mission Hills and multi-million dollar homes and I feel safe. My vehicle was still stolen a block away from my building and there is unreported crime every day throughout the city. Nowhere is safe.

Photo: Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City, MO

Two VERY long, animated stories, short. I was pickpocketed in Bogota and a gun was held to me in Chicago. I always thought I was too prepared NOT to get my shit stolen. My phone was in my bra and my money in my waistband. Literally, try me. The phone went in my pocket for two seconds after a photo I took to use my hand to handle cash fr a coffee and it was gone. I was being watched. The gun incident in Chicago was by a well dressed, young amateur robber I kind of trusted, I even spoke to him before he turned on me and held what I assumed were his fingers under his shirt to imitate a gun, until he pulled out a real gun. The man got nothing from me, try harder, and maybe the details of that are good for another story so pay attention to the gram.

Photo: The Bean, Chicago, IL

Being brave is experiencing risk first-hand or knowing loved ones that have experienced unsafe aspects of travel and choosing to keep living and doing all of those things you want to do and see anyway. That is being brave. I still travel to these same places I had bad experiences in and I will always encourage people to do so also.

Being fearless is how you handle the unknown. Being brave is how you handle fear of what you do know. Do you consider yourself either of these? I’d love to hear about what makes you fearless or what makes you brave, travel related or not.

As far as COVID and if it is safe to travel this summer, wear a mask. Wash your hands. Or don’t travel at all. It’s very simple. 

If I can add one thing as someone who is constantly encouraging people to get out there and see this big juicy world, it’s this: After six years of seasoned travel, mostly solo, and as a female who considers herself both fearless and brave… I almost always have to convince myself to leave the damn hotel room.

“Feel the fear and do it anyway.”

The Pros & Cons of Living in Denver

I moved from Miami Beach to Denver in the fall of 2017. Most people move to a beach before winter, I do what I want, ok! Having lived in opposite climates in a short amount of time with opposite demographics was an interesting perspective to experience first-hand. Allow me to share! Miami is full of immigrants from Cuba, the Caribbean, Argentina, Eastern Europe, Brazil, and whatever country from South and Central America you can think of. Miami was a cultural dynamite and the restaurants and cafes proved it. Denver lacks diversity, houses “transplants” (residents who have moved from a different state) but caters to the technology and entrepreneur crowd of 25-35 year old white men, basically, and have a booming entertainment and music scene.

Photo: Breckinridge, CO with my ride or die

When you think about moving to Denver, you imagine hopping around to the hundreds of breweries and spending your days driving through the mountains, which holds true some days, but really there many things I wish I had known prior to the 2,000 mile move.

Photo: Breckinridge, CO – Blue Stag Restaurant


Colorado has more days of sunshine per year of any other state. Colorado Springs, to be exact, has the most days of sunshine of any other city. When it snows, it either melts by 2pm or the plows have already taken care of most streets by the time you get up and leave for work.

Photo: Estes Park, CO with this babe of a cousin

CON: DIVERSITY (or lack of)

There is none. What I love about traveling is learning abou people who are not like me! Denver houses mostly white, male millennials. has more precise calculations of demographics if you’d like to read the depressing specs but they don’t call it “Menver” for no reason. I’m pretty sure you could find a restaurant with a beet taco if you searched hard enough.


Denver is paving the way of the future by entrepreneurs. Say goodbye to the ordinary office hours from 9-5 because thecity is flooded with co-work facilities, , small businesses allowing employees to work virtually. The coffee shops are packed with people working from their laptops. There’s a boom in the small-business world here and built in has a list of current startups with job listings.


I moved into a complex across the street from Snooze, a delicious breakfast spot you’ll thank me later for mentioning, and a very large population of homeless people. There is a community center nearby on Park Avenue that serves food and provides shelter. They flocked to the city because Denver does such a good job of trying to provide for those in need. In fact, there has been a tiny home community for those needing an affordable place to live. I never felt harassed but, as a woman, I always walked around on high alert. There are so many people that need help and no where near enough resources or the infracture to accommodate them.


Red Rocks amphitheater is by far the best concert venue in the US and probably the world. If you haven’t been then now is the time, my friends. Many recording studios have migrated out of Los Angeles and into other cities like Denver, Nashville, and Atlanta. Basically if you like live music, if you don’t you’re a little strange but ok, Denver has it. Music scene noted, the city also has a plethora of choices for restaurants, bars, and cafes and it seems like they’re poppin’ every night of the week. Weekly events in the park, I have to mention a favorite called Little Man Ice Cream, and craft fairs. The Denver Market! Of course, a quick 30-40 minute drive and you’re in the mountains. Check out Georgetown and get some local elk jersey or Idaho Springs for Tommy Knocker Brewery. Does anybody work? Oh yeah, startup revolution.

Photo: Georgetown, CO


Renters and buyers, listen. I lived in a 600sq ft (if that) hybrid studio for $1400. Slightly bigger and you’re looking at $1,600-$1,800 a month. They are incredibly luxurious complexes, I will give credit where it is due. I lived at The Douglas. If you plan to buy a house in Denver, or anywhere in Colorado for that matter, plan to have a hefty down payment because lenders won’t even finance the full price of the house! Check out and have some fun with it.

Photo: Coors Field – Walking distance from my downtown apartment

HELPFUL TIP for the ladies (or men) and I wish I had known this before moving to Denver. Having gone from a moist climate to a place with practically zero humidity, my skin suffered and suffered bad. Colorado is dry. My skin would itch if I didn’t apply lotion to my body. Maybe stress contributed to it but I had developed systic acne. I had a facial and the lady told me to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!! I also found one blogger post about moving to Denver and experiencing the same thing.

There you have it. Some pros & cons of living in Denver I wish I had known prior to relocating. Denver is an amazing place and I absolutely love visiting my old home and you should too! I hope these gave a new transplant some guidance. Let’s boogie.

5 Tips for Booking Cheap Flights

An Insider’s Low-Fare Lowdown

Every Tuesday on the Boogie Flights instagram, I have been doing the dreaded “cheap airfare” searching for you. What IS the trick? Prices are constantly going up and down and sometimes it seems impossible to find the perfect flight outta here. I have broken down my search techniques for you into five tips to assist in your own personal quest.

  • GOOGLE FLIGHTS – I cannot emphasize using this tool enough. If you’ve never used google flights before, give it a try. Google flights allows you to adjust the dates you were wishing to travel on by a day, week, or month in order to compare prices. Cancun is definitely cheaper in June than January, FYI.
  • Become familiar with cities with multiple airports. For example, Kansas City has only one major airport. Miami has three within a reasonable driving distance throughout South Florida. West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami International. If prices to Miami are sky high (hehehe) because Ultra Music Festival is happening, adjust your search to fly into Fort Lauderdale. (And then adjust your date per my previous tip) Most search engines give you the option to toggle for multiple airports nearby.
Photo by Jason Toevs on
  • Have the inside scoop on which airports are dominated by a single airport. Denver, for example, is a cheap place to visit because every airline has fare-wars. And when “airlines compete, the consumer wins.” I have flown to Denver on United, Frontier, American, and Southwest. Denver serves as a hub station for a hand full of airlines. A “dominated” airport would be Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta, for example. What airline are you most likely to fly on to Georgia? Delta. Therefore, Delta will have more control of the pricing since they operate the majority of the routes through the Big Peach.
  • Book/Search on Tuesday. Other travel gurus could argue Sunday or Monday but preferably the first few days of the week have cheaper flights. I favor Tuesdays. For the past two months since launching Boogie Flights on instagram I’ve had success in finding round trip tickets from Kansas City to New Orleans, Phoenix, Washington DC, Chicago, and Seattle all for under $200. Domestic flights can be around $500! Again, big fan of Google Flights.
  • Avoid peak seasons. Every destination has a few months in the year that have an influx of travelers. Those ticket prices will generally be higher. A few examples of peak seasons along with Cancun from a previous tip are NYC in the summer, Florida and Hawaii in the spring, and Seattle or Portland in the fall to name a few.
Photo: Capri, Italy in April – Peak season is May through September

Five awesome tips. I’m having quarantine dreams of my next trip every day and I hope these have all brought you knew knowledge for booking yours! Give Boogie Flights a follow on Instagram. If I could add one final tip: lower your expectations of cheap and you won’t always be so disappointed. There’s true meaning behind you get what you pay for. Can’t decide your next trip? I’ve been a big fan of Lonely Planet for years. They always have the best suggestions for the touristy and non-touristy destinations or ask me!

I’m Jac!

Hello. I’m a flight attendant but really just a Kansas City girl on the go.

Rewind to 2014 when I made the bold decision to trot the globe. I wanted to go far and fast but I didn’t even have a passport. I didn’t want to just travel, I wanted to do it while generating income. I spent countless hours researching everything from cruise ships to organic avocado farming. I eventually stumbled upon a blog by a woman living in Hawaii as a flight attendant and I thought “wow. This is it. I’m doing this.” I had never considered a career in aviation and I haven’t looked back.

“The moment I started taking myself seriously it all started happening.”

Jaclyn Heupel
Photo: Inside a Boeing 737 Engine – Havana, Cuba

Where has aviation taken me?

Today, as I write this, I have been to 30 states and 33 countries and traveling has drastically improved my quality of life. I have discovered the deepest parts of myself through these places and I wouldn’t have truly met myself without this journey. There is no right way to travel! I’ve taken last minute budget trips in a hostel in Dublin and by shoving an air mattress in a suitcase to sleep six friends deep in a AirBnb studio flat in Paris. I’ve had countless visits to amazing cities on layovers. I have also taken mini-vacations with some of my favorite people. Shorter trips make for spontaneous adventures!

Photo: The Louvre Museum – Paris, France

What is Boogie Flights?

I created Boogie Flights with the mission to showcase the groovy parts of traveling. The exciting and refreshing parts, and the parts that may seem uncomfortable at times. Hopefully I encourage you to say hello to somebody you don’t know. Eat a meal you’ve never tried before. Visit a place that seems hard to reach. Most of all I hope to encourage you to simply book that trip. Boogie Flights is aimed to inspire you to dive into your wildest travel goals by creating a platform to share my social experiences and travel tips en route to wherever it is I’m going next. If you can’t go, I’m doing my best to take you with me.

Reminder: Book that trip. Let’s boogie!