Our Adventures In… Packing!

Brooks and I were over-the-moon excited to book a trip to Africa. Both of us have always dreamed about going on an African safari. Brooks was especially wanting to see Victoria Falls, one of the seven wonders of the world.


Before we left, we snapped pics of our complete outfits not only for fun but also to stay organized. When you have photos to reference what shoes go with what pants and what top, you’ll spend less time figuring out your outfit and more time enjoying your vacation!






Since this trip was a bucket list item for both of us, it felt significant. I knew it would be especially memorable, more so than any other trip we’d taken together so far. I considered the photos we’d be taking in Africa and I knew we’d treasure them forever, so with that in mind, I really wanted our family and future children to have great photos of us — photos we would reflect on for the rest our our lives. To me, that meant leaving the workout gear at home.




Taking a look at Brooks’ closet, I realized his clothing options were limited to nice suits for hockey events and workout clothes. It took some MAJOR convincing on my end, but he got into it once we got started. We both picked up some great pieces that we’ll definitely wear at home, too.




Can you tell he wasn’t quite sure about this exercise? That’s how you know he’s a great guy — anything to make me happy! 🙂


I’m so glad we stepped up our wardrobe for this getaway! The photos we took wouldn’t have done our trip justice had we been too casual. What do you think? Do you like to pre-plan before you pack??

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Julianne Hough is just trying to be a nice person who dances as often as possible, usually in public. She recently wifed up to NHL star Brooks Laich and is the proud dog-mom of two pups, Lexi & Harley (they’re the real brains behind everything).
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  • Lindy Bearden

    I ALWAYS pre-pack! Mostly with a list and sometimes photos way ahead to help me remember, but photos are a great idea to have with you on the trip! What brand are your nude sandals and denim cutoffs? Love and need!

  • Shannan Jordan

    You have to link up all these clothes. They are amazing!

  • Jenn H

    That’s a really great idea about taking pictures of outfits. I usually am just throwing various pants and tops of some kind and not paying attention to what will go with what and plan an outfit before going to sleep. Pre-planning for me usually involves creating a list of items to pack in a suitcase or duffel bag (depending on the location) and then my backpack which is usually the bag that goes with me everywhere. Plus I have a list of all the last minute things I need, like electronic chargers, keys, money, etc.

  • Frank Wynerth Summers III

    Just wow…

  • Hanna Sparks

    You need to tell us where you shop. Awesome outfits!

  • Kendall

    I had never thought of taking pictures before – but that makes so much sense! Love it xx

  • Teresa Taylor

    Love the idea and the fun outfits! Now, I would really love to know where you picked up the olive wool fedora safari hat — I’ve been looking for one for our summer camping trips.

  • April Macias

    Love the Idea and great outfits. you two are an adorable couple 🙂

  • Kate

    Your style is impeccable….I love the boho style! My favorite outfits is the striped dress and the one with the green jacket!

  • Adrianna Boen

    Loving all these outfits!!!! Can you do a post where you tell us how your pick ur outfits? I’m trying to be a fashionista but putting together an outfit does not come naturally. Do u have any tips?

  • Christina

    You two look so stylish! I love all of your looks!! 🙂

  • Jules, where did you guys go in Africa? My sis lives in Uganda, so it would be cool if you guys had been there!

  • Amanda Clay

    I love your sandals in the first and second picture!!!! Where did you get them??

  • Adriana Alvarez

    Jules I loved all your looks and it’s a great idea to have exact options and outfits ready! Must do for my next trip.

    But could you please post links of where you got most items from all your outfits??! I love the sandals and the blue striped dress!!

    Please let us know! thank you!!

  • Katelyn McNeely

    Love the ideas! Where did you get the white and navy v-neck sweater?! So cute!!

  • Lalala

    How come she wears “tall hat” ?and “wide hat”? in every picture?

  • shar1959

    My favorite trip from traveling around the world is Africa!! We did Tanzania and Kenya for over a month. Loved all the animals and the people!!