So, I may finally be getting to grips with minimal packing for weekends away! Madrid was fabulous and I was able to relax and take it all in, while thoroughly enjoying the company of my very dear friends. I wasn’t worrying about what I had brought, whether it would be enough, what clothes would be suitable or whether I had brought the ‘right’ things. The bit of forethought and planning paid off and I was confident I could get anything I had overlooked – it wasn’t as though Madrid didn’t have any shops!
I flew into the satellite terminal of Madrid-Barajas Airport, which meant taking a train to the main terminal, then boarding a shuttle to meet my friends, who had flown into a different terminal and finally a bus to the city centre. Hand luggage made all of this so easy. I didn’t have to wait impatiently for my bag or worry about it not ending up on the carousel (which has happened before).
I had a small cross-body bag and all my clothes, accessories and toiletries fitted beautifully into my weekend bag. As mentioned previously, I am a fan of the packing cube and may even have converted my friends to them. They were victims of packing cube envy as I unpacked later on, initially refusing to believe I had fitted anything of use into so small a bag. An added bonus of the hand luggage was that while ample, it was snug, so I didn’t go on any shopping sprees.
Madrid was a bit cooler than I had expected, despite having checked the forecast. However, the cardigan and jacket were used interchangeably and worked well. I wore all of the clothes I had brought and felt they were enough. I had different outfits to wear, everything could be mixed and matched and because I had planned it out in advance, I didn’t waste any precious time wondering what to wear! Here’s an overview of what I brought 1 jacket; 1 scarf; 1 cardigan; 2 trousers; 2 pairs of shoes; 4 tops; 1 dress and my 2 bags …..