Does anyone else get excited about packing for a holiday? I’m going to the US for 10 days and cannot wait!!
I know that, to some, packing can be a chore but I love it!
I enjoy the planning aspect – it leads to anticipation and heightens the whole holiday experience for me.
I also feel that it is compulsory minimalism and I mean that in a positive way because:
- It’s a brilliant time to try out a capsule wardrobe, if you were thinking of dipping a toe in the water
- The clothes contained in your suitcase comprise your capsule
- If you didn’t pack exactly what you wanted, then it’s a chance to be creative, not an opportunity to shop!
A bit of forethought and planning can go a long way.
I have a fair idea of what the weather will be like and what activities we have planned:
- A bit of sight-seeing
- Dining out
- Time on the beach
- A lot of playing with my nephews
- Some chill-out time for Mr. Minimal-Lol and me
So it’s just a case of finding clothes that are suitable for all these activities and that can be mixed and matched. I have no anxiety when it comes to repeating outfits or pieces, which makes it easier still.
My planning self has developed a little cheat sheet to help me plan and pack. I want to wear my clothes at least 2 or 3 times each, with some pieces, like accessories, being worn almost every day. And it’s so easy to give clothes a quick wash, if they require freshening up – my summer pieces are light and dry quickly.
I’ll bring a small suitcase – ideally I would really like to travel with hand luggage only – but I won’t for fear of Mr. M-L fainting in horror. (Some day I will write a blog post about a minimalist living with a ‘maximalist’ – he may need a suitcase for his shoes alone!!).
I have tried to heed the lovely Courtney Carver’s advice – the founder of Project 333. She advises you to pack for half the number of days you are actually away. I don’t think I’ve quite hit that mark but maybe about 75%? Baby steps!
But I will be reviewing what I actually wore versus what I packed. I do this every time I go away and have ended up with quite a robust formula for a weekend away – just need to extend this for a slightly longer period of time.
Anyone have any words of wisdom for packing? Or for travelling in the US? Have a great week 🙂