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 🙂