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Packed Up For A Palm Springs Overnighter w/ BJ Panda Bear

BJ Panda visiting the Cabazon Dinosaurs.

BJ Panda Bear visiting the Cabazon Dinosaurs.

CALPAK Hue Duffel Bag in Black.

BJ Panda Bear is incredibly talented, kind, thoughtful, and creative. He's an editor and consultant, and also the co-founder of QooA.Space, a platform enriched with a collection of curated brands and products, an editorial space, and so much more. He's busy and on-the-go but given the chaos these last few months, BJ needed a day trip (turned overnighter) to Palm Springs. He reminds us to pack your favorite duffel bag, take the time to slow down, and get away—a form of self-care we all need.


LA LA Land!


Editor/Consultant & Co-Founder of QooA.Space


Hue Duffel Bag

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?:

Anywhere that will have me. The lock down has really jumpstarted a desire to explore and appreciate the local getaways and staycations. I love a Palm Springs or Santa Barbara runaway.

3 Things you never forget to pack:

External charger, extra t-shirts, and extra fun underwear—you never know when you might end up in a pool situation late at night at some mansion!

Last meal on Earth:

Din Tai Fung Dumplings, a veggie burrito, a chicken taco from Taco Zone, raw oysters, sashimi boat, extra garlicky noodles, and ice cream


I am really good at using a spread sheet…like really really good

Favorite music genre:

OMG depending on the mood, I love an experimental, depressed, pretty girl moment like Okay Kaya and Sevdaliza

Your hype song:

Too many—currently anything from Shygirl, LSDXOXO, or maybe some Boyharsher


Been deeply soaking up the biography on LouLou De La Falaise with the book, Loulou & Yves: The Untold Story of Loulou de La Falaise and the House of Saint Laurent. I also loved the Pat Cleveland biography and anything Patti Smith. Anything about fashion in the 70's and 80's...Antonio, Andy!


How to pack for necessity with extravagant results. Also, knowing which fabrics can be packed and worn without wrinkling.

Favorite travel memory:

My first time in Paris alone staying in a shit hotel

What kind of packer are you?:

I am an over packer and not that organized. Just always double the underwear, socks, and top-ratio to your days, make sure they can be wrinkly, always have an extra few pairs of shoes that don’t look the same (you never know what might happen), bring a solid multi-weather jacket, and overdose on packing up the skincare.

Photos and video clips courtesy of BJ Panda Bear.

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