Packing for US Holiday – review

I had a terrific holiday in the US – a highlight were the beautiful sunsets in St. Pete’s Beach – and my capsule worked out quite well.  There were some successes and some learning…



  • I find so much value in my packing cubes! They make life simpler, seem to magically reduce the space the clothes take up and make everything easier to find!
  • I aimed to bring about 75% of what I thought I’d actually need, rather than 100%. I ended up wearing every item packed so now wonder whether I could have managed with less – maybe aim for 50% next time.
  • My medium sized suitcase was perfectly adequate and easy to carry.
  • I re-wore many items – my travel steamer was worth its weight in gold.
  • I adopted The Minimalists’ maxim of distinguishing from ‘just in case’ items to ‘just for when’ and it worked well.
  • I’m so glad I packed a little cardigan – between the coolness of the plane and the high air-conditioning indoors, I wore it nearly every day.



  • Too many shoes! I brought four pairs (a huge improvement on previous holidays) but could have managed perfectly fine with three.
  • I didn’t count on thunderstorms and torrential downpours so my most worn item was an attractive plastic rain cape!
  • I over-packed my make-up bag – it was too hot to wear much and what I did wear slid off quickly – some major down-sizing has already taken place.

This time around, my travels have not only broadened my mind but restricted my packing!  Do you have any key learning points from holiday packing to share?  Have a great week 🙂


  6 comments for “Packing for US Holiday – review

  1. August 4, 2017 at 12:58 am

    I am laughing about the torrential downpours; the whole southern US has been beaten down by rain the last month or two; apparently some storm system got stuck or something? Anyways, one of my favorite things to pack are super versatile shoes. In winter, a nice pair of black or brown boots; in summer, some stylish birkenstocks or tevas. Something that you can dress up or down and walk around in all day long. Also, coconut oil! I use it for shaving cream, lotion, lip balm, etc. while on a trip. And last but not least, a small bottle of castile soap works for hand-washing clothes, body wash, and in a pinch, shampoo.

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    • August 4, 2017 at 8:06 am

      Hi there, thanks a million for reading and commenting 🙂 Some absolutely brilliant tips there. Comfortable, versatile shoes are so essential when you go away and I find winter much easier, as like you, I find you can’t go wrong with a pair of boots! Speaking of versatility, I never thought of the multiple uses of coconut oil and have never used castile soap – will definitely check that out. Lxx

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  2. July 31, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Best of luck 🍀 Can’t wait to hear how you get on 👍 Xxx


  3. July 31, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    This post is perfectly timed! I’m packing a suitcase today for a 9-day business trip with my husband. I’ve gotten pretty good at packing for short trips of one or two nights, but the longer getaways tend to throw me into a packing frenzy. I recently went on a 10-day road trip with my sister and mom, and I packed WAY too much stuff. I don’t want to make that mistake again, so I’ll be re-reading all your posts about packing for travel, and then I’ll get started. I’m going to try and use the Minimalists’ tip you mentioned about ‘just in case’ items vs. ‘just for when’. Wish me luck! 😉

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    • July 31, 2017 at 5:13 pm

      Hi there, thanks, as always, for reading and commenting 🙂 I’m so glad you find the packing posts helpful – that’s so nice to hear. If you are braver than me (!), it could be useful to think of packing for 5 days, rather than 9. Also, I found that bottoms could be worn far more frequently than tops, so next time I will reduce the number of bottoms I bring. Enjoy your trip and let me know how you get on – I would be genuinely interested. Safe trip, Lxxx

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      • July 31, 2017 at 8:49 pm

        Oh, that’s good! I’ll do that – pack for 5 days instead of 10. And, yes, I also found that I packed far too many bottoms in previous trips, so I’ll do that differently this time. Thanks again! 🙂

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