I like to think of myself as a fairly savvy traveler, but I fail miserably when it comes to packing for a trip. I like to have options in my wardrobe choices each day. Several options. I cannot seem to pack lightly.
My Aussie husband picks out a couple of pairs of pants, maybe some shorts depending on our destination, and then throws some coordinating shirts in. Done.
I wish! It also doesn’t matter if we will have access to a washing machine during the trip – I have to have a full contingent of clothes for the entire duration. For instance, I have to have several different tops for each day, in case I am not in the mood to wear what might be the obvious choice. Fortunately, I can pack a lot into any given suitcase, but it most certainly will be checked luggage. Which came back to haunt me on our last trip…
As I packed for our trip to the South of France, I thought, “We will have a connecting flight and be changing planes. What happens if one of our bags gets lost?” and so I split up the clothes so that some for both of us was in each of the 2 bags. I thought I was being pretty smart! Until we arrived at our destination, but neither of our bags did… Sigh. The truly sad part of it was that we also had a small carry-on that I *should* have put a change of clothes into, for just such an emergency.
It all turned out ok in the end, as the airline delivered our luggage to us that next morning, but I have learned a valuable lesson. Unfortunately that lesson is not to pack less so it fits into a carry-on bag, but to pack MORE so that I have an extra outfit with me at all times.