This post–like my method for packing–will be short and sweet.
You can’t overpack when you don’t actually have time to put too many clothes in your suitcase. Sometimes I pack the morning of a trip. Or the hour of a trip.
I used to pack insane amounts of clothes for long trips. My German host sister still makes fun of me for the first time we met—me, the American girl, lugging two humongous suitcases up three flights of stairs. (Hello Spain, my name is Over-prepared.) I was THAT girl. I thought I’d want to have a bunch of outfit changes in this new country, right? As if I was Beyonce herself…wardrobe change ya’ll.
What actually happened was I wore a hole through my ONE pair of boots, I threw my coat away at the end of the trip, and I remixed about five different looks. In six months, ha!
My mom and grandma lost their luggage when they came to Spain to visit. Keep in mind these women passed on their sense of humor to me. As well as the gift of how to “find the silver lining, damnit”! So what did they do when they lost their luggage? They wore the same shirt almost everyday, of course. And my mom’s thought was—“When I show people pictures from this trip, they’re just going to think I did a ton of stuff in one day!”
So, worst-case scenario it looks like you are one, active traveler, right?
Remember: If a destination doesn’t have something you “need”, then that means all the people there somehow live without it. Ask someone how they do it. Assimilate. Adapt. Travel freely.
The bag I take on my weekend jaunts. Thanks to Spirit airlines, this bad boy flies for free.