And then he erupted in snort-laughter and declared this impossible.
His scoffing is justified, as I am not exactly known for packing light. I like options, I fear being unprepared, and I have great difficulty making simple decisions about what to wear weeks in advance. Yet my winter closet purge and subsequent freedom in fewer clothes has me feeling bold and inspired. I too can conquer Europe on six perfect shirts and a fine pair of trousers. I too can dash to catch trains in Italy because my diminutive suitcase will just pull behind me. I too can think ahead and plan.
[Cue more laughter from James.]
To achieve my goal (and prove that skeptical husband of mine wrong), I have a couple strategies:
- Every top must match every bottom. Hello chambray and neutrals, let’s get comfy with each other. This will hopefully avoid packing lots of clothes that I don’t wear.
- Packing cubes. I am pretty sure that these will change my life, and my savvy packing friends swear by them.
- Only two pairs of shoes. Last summer I took five pairs… and wore one. This time around I am only taking two and I am fully devoted to both.
- Ditch the books. I can’t believe I am admitting this…. but I sold my soul and got a Kindle. I feel paper-book loving self dying a little as I type that, but I can’t travel with books… and I can’t travel without them. FORGIVE ME.
But beyond that, I would love some tips as I pack this week for my flight to Paris on Friday. Any tips for actually managing to plan for five weeks, three countries, and multiple climates in one carry-on sized suitcase? More importantly, any good ebook recommendations? Let’s put that Kindle to use!