My packing skills have gotten better and better over the years, but I can't seem to find the sweet spot. I always end up with a couple things more than I need. My most recent trip was to visit my mom and sister in Portland. For a five-day trip I brought:
Where did I go wrong? I didn't wear any of the tights. I would have been more comfortable with an extra pair of leggings instead of the jeans. I could have used a sweatshirt for cozy relaxation.
- Two sweater dresses
- My Boston terrier sweater
- A turtleneck
- A cowl-neck sweater
- One pair of skinny jeans
- One pair of leggings
- Two pairs of tights
- One pair of boots
- Two pairs of yoga pants (for sleep/exercise)
- Two athletic tops (for sleep/exercise)
- One pair of tennis shoes
- A rain coat
- A wool coat
- A scarf (that I forgot on my first plane)
Wow, that looks like so much once I wrote it all out, but it all fit in a small, carry-on roller bag. I wore a sweater dress, turtle neck, and jeans on the flight out, and I wore a dress, cowl-neck sweater, and leggings on the way home. The other days I mixed it up. I wore the boots the whole time. Since I had washer/dryer access, I didn't have to worry about packing enough for the whole trip.
|This is what I wore on the plane.|
|And these are the gorgeous Frye boots I|
got for a song right before the trip!
Where did I go right? Layering. I am not a fan of the cold, but the turtle neck and cowl neck sweater are slim fitting enough to wear under the dresses or Boston terrier sweater. Wearing a sweater dress over leggings or jeans is cozy. It was cold and drizzly, but I wasn't too bothered.
How do you optimize your packing? How do you identify the things to leave behind?